GUTS: Queensland's Adam Mogg.
GUTS: Queensland's Adam Mogg. TONY PHILLIPS

FLASHBACK: The year the Maroons' dominance began

RUGBY LEAGUE: It was the Origin Series that kick-started eight years of dominance for Queensland and it was the Sunshine Coast's Adam Mogg who proved pivotal in turning the tide.

The year was 2006 and the Maroons were staring down the barrel of a fourth-straight series loss after the Blues took a 1-0 series lead.

Brett Finch nailed a last-minute 40m drop goal to break hearts and seal the match 17-16.

A baby-faced Greg Inglis starred in game one scoring two tries, but was forced out of game two when he pulled up sore.

Queue a 30-year-old Mogg.

His call-up made him one of the oldest players to make Origin debut.

Normally a centre, Mogg was to be deployed on the wing, and the newspapers went after him.

"The media put as much pressure on me as they could, but in reality my mindset was that I'd love to play for Queensland at Lang Park," Mogg said.

"You could have walked into any office or pub and found anyone willing to give their left leg (to be in my position).

It only fired Mogg up as he went on to score two tries on debut and the Maroons smashed the Blues 30-6 in front of a rollicking Suncorp Stadium crowd.

He would prove the difference again in the decider as his try helped Queensland over the line to win 16-14 in Melbourne.

"You can't buy that feeling, you can only get it as a sports person when the adrenaline is going flat out and the hair on the back of your neck stands up," he said.

"I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to represent Queensland with all the great players."


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