The 2017 State Of Origin series winner will be crowned after a deciding game on July 12 between New South Wales and Queensland, marking the 36th year in a row that one of these two states will be named champion.
Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania have once again failed to make an impact in the Australian Rugby League's premier state representative competition, which is being seen as a cause for concern by the governing bodies in the fledgling states.
"We need to keep perservering, but I admit that the best part of four decades without a win has got some of the lads down," said NRL SA Chairman Stuart Davis.
"We've got the Adelaide Hills Tigers and the Central Districts Roosters battling it out at the top of the table, but those guys seem to struggle to take the next step up to the State Of Origin series. It's like they don't even show up."
NRL Tasmania had high hopes for this year's competition after hosting an NRL trial game in Hobart in February. However, experts in the game's development have suggested that their lack of a state league since 2014 has been a major obstacle.
"I can see it would be tough for them," said NRL WA Development Officer Ed Easter.
"We struggle and we've got teams like the Joondalup Giants, the North Beach Sea Eagles and the Rockingham Sharks fighting hard to try and win our NRL WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership, which keeps them on their toes. To try and match it with the NSW and Queensland boys after playing no rugby at all for years and years...you've got to take your hat off to Tassie, it's a bold strategy."
Some other sporting rivals that have dominated their respective competitions for a comparable period of time include Australia and England in the competition for cricket's Ashes, Spain's El Clásico that has never been won by a team other than Real Madrid or Barcelona, and the Harlem Globetrotters and Washington Generals who, between 1952 and 2014, had a virtual monopoly on the novelty, relaxed-rules, prop-comedy basketball leagues.
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