Fed up by years of losing all four interstate matches year in and year out, one man embarks on a quest to resurrect the code. After assuming the presidency of the Queensland Rugby League in 1971 he gives himself three years to defeat New South Wales. The tenacious Ron McAuliffe, adopted baby from Rainbow Street Sandgate, Rat of Tobruk, debating champion, Senator and rugby league boss, has known boundless success – but now great disappointment.
As losses continue he sees public interest in Rugby League in Queensland dwindle --- by 1979 Queensland has not won a single Series for 20 years! McAuliffe knows that not only the code itself, but also the future careers of young players of great potential like Wally Lewis, Chris Close and Mal Meninga, are in jeopardy. And so, he begins a relentless mission to bring about change: he cajoles and ultimately convinces the NSWRL’s Kevin Humphreys to stage the first State of Origin style match after Queensland loses the Series, yet again, in 1980.
Captained by Artie Beetson, in front of a capacity Lang Park crowd, the Maroons win the day (20-10) … and legends are born!