NSW 1997 throwback jerseys savaged by fans in brutal State of Origin opening loss

There was plenty new about this years’ State of Origin series with the games being played at the end of the season, starting at Adelaide Oval and it happening in November.

But what hasn’t changed is another epic Queensland comeback.

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Written off and sporting a heap of debutants, the Maroons came back from 10-0 down to romp to an 18-10 lead.

A late Josh Addo-Carr try made it close but the Blues couldn’t get over the line despite two penalties and Queensland sin bin inside the last minute of the game.

It was another Queensland masterclass with the Maroons having a long history of breaking NSW hearts.

After running out to a 10-0 lead, NSW’s night went from bad to worse in the second half.

And if that wasn’t enough, the Blues fashion was equally panned with both teams celebrating the 40th anniversary of the State of Origin concept.

While Queensland went back to the original concept of a Maroon jersey with a modernised version of the 1980 design with a white collar, the Blues went for a much more controversial look.

After last year’s move to a dark blue jersey for the second match, which was taken to Perth, and fans were scathing over the strip, calling it “hideous” and “a cash grab” among other swipes.

In 2020, the Blues have gone back to the 1997 replica alternate jerseys, remembering the first year that the jersey designer Canterbury partnered with the NSWRL in 1997.

It was a tough old day for the Blues all around.Source:Getty Images

This was also the season of Super League, with the game split into two competitions, before reforming as the NRL.

The captain’s jersey also features picture of a blue heeler dog.

Good news for the fans of the sky blue jersey — the traditional design will be back in game two and three.

But having moved away from the much loved look, social media was ruthless.

These are some trash #Origin jerseys. pic.twitter.com/lwY2EvTdiP

Why is the Blues jersey such a hot mess? It’s horrible. #origin.

Who designed that Blues jersey? And who approved it? 🤷‍♀️ #Origin

Seriously though, that jersey is ugly as sin. #stateoforigin

Is the Blues return to the barcode jersey some sort of Covid tracking situation? #stateoforigin #uptheblues

Looks like it is paying homage to the iconic 97 jersey…

The NSW jersey is horrid. #Origin

Queensland ended up coming out much better in both regards.Source:News Corp Australia

The 1997 season was also series of the infamous “cattledog” call that saw one of the most famous Origin dust ups of all-time at the MCG, coming as a retaliation of the “Queenslander” call that sparked a brawl in the 1995 Origin series.

Foxsports.com.au relived the moment in May, with Mark Carroll remembering NSW coach Tommy Raudonikis unveiling the plan.

“In the lead-up to the first game we came into camp … Tommy got us together and he stood up in front of everyone and said ‘I f***ing hate these blokes’,” Carroll recalled.

“He said ‘we’re going to have a call, when I call Cattledog it’s on’.

“Joey Johns says ‘we can’t do that Tommy, we can’t just go up and whack blokes’, and he goes ‘mate when I call it it’s going to be on’ and that was the end of it.”

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