State of Origin: The key numbers as Maroons look to break game one curse

History would suggest that Queensland Maroons have a strong chance of making a winning start to the State of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday.

New South Wales Blues won the title for the first time since 2014 last year, wrapping it up with one game to spare.

The Maroons have a great record at Suncorp, though, winning 10 of the last 12 Origin games to be staged at the Brisbane venue.

Queensland have also come out on top in the last two series when the first match was played at Suncorp, although the title has often proved elusive for the team that hosts the opener.

We look at some of the other Opta facts as the two sides prepare to resume their inter-state rivalry.

 

- New South Wales will be looking to win back-to-back Origin series for the first time since winning three on the bounce from 2003 to 2005.

- Only one of the last seven series has seen either team hosting the first game go on to take the title (Queensland in 2017).

- The Blues have led at half-time in six of the past seven encounters, more times than they had in their 23 previous games.

- Maroons star Dane Gagai has scored nine tries in his previous 10 Origin appearances. However, he has not crossed the whitewash in any of his most recent three Origin games at Suncorp.

- Blues full-back James Tedesco made a total of 23 tackle breaks in the 2018 State of Origin series, six more than any other player.

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