• Members of the NSW Blues team hoping to break Queensland's 17 year chokehold on the match. .
Rejoice, league fans - State of Origin isn’t gone from your life just yet. Supporters will get an extra dose of one of the biggest rivalries in sport when the Queensland and NSW women’s sides take the field this weekend.
By
Erin Byrnes

Source:
Zela
22 Jul 2016 - 7:30 AM  UPDATED 22 Jul 2016 - 7:30 AM

Queensland have long dominated New South Wales in State of Origin - and it’s no different when the women take the field.

Queensland is undefeated in the Interstate Challenge for past 17 years. Nope, that’s not a typo.

The Maroons were victorious for 16 consecutive years, with last year’s game ending in a heartbreaking 4-4 draw.

The sides will vie for the Nellie Doherty Cup on Saturday, with Queensland wary of a fit and fired up NSW outfit desperate to shake free of their demons and claim a win.

Superstar Ali Briggenshaw returns for Queensland after a near-career threatening broken leg that saw her spend 12 months out of the sport.

Despite the lopsided win-loss record, the will have more sting in it than any other in history.

Queensland and Australian captain Steph Hancock told NRL.com earlier in the week that she’ll quit the sport if she can’t lead her state to a victory.

"If I have to feel that experience, what it's like to be beaten by New South Wales in my lifetime, I'll give it away. I won't be able to handle it," she told the site.

Nine Jillaroos will line up for NSW as they attempt to break Queensland’s incredible stronghold on the fixture.

Ruan Sims will lead the way for the Blues, while fellow Aussie reps Kezie Apps and Allana Ferguson are two of the names to keep an eye on.

The Women's Interstate Challenge for the Nellie Doherty Cup will be a double-header with the Titans v Eels NRL clash at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday.

The women's game kicks off at 3.10pm and will be streamed live on NRL.com.


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