Not through lack of trying did the Origin series slip through the grasp of James Maloney and the NSW Blues.
Playing a role in vital tries posted throughout the series, the 32-year-old five-eighth vows to find success in the sky blue of his state.
Headline Moment: “Maloney Sets Blues On Their Way”
A sixth-sense awareness to support club teammate Andrew Fifita on an incisive run through the heart of the Maroons’ defence saw Maloney open the NSW scoring in Game One.
It was the perfect start for the Blues, Maloney’s try the first of five in the series opener en route to a 28-4 thumping of the Queensland side.
James Maloney’s a proven match-winner at club level, and it is for that reason that you can be assured his name will again be in the mix when the 2018 Origin side is being discussed.
A Two-time NRL Premiership winner, Maloney is yet to taste success in the state arena, and says he holds a burning desire to claim the Origin shield before hanging up the boots.
“While it seems, it’s been a long time between wins, while it has, there hasn’t really been a lot to split the sides,” Maloney told NSWRL.com.au.
“The biggest motivation for me, [an Origin series win] is one of the few things that I haven’t done so far in my career.
“I’d hate to finish up and say I played State of Origin but never got to win a series. “
All Runs: 27
All Run Metres: 233
Tackle Busts: 4