Queensland beats New South Wales 18-16 in State of Origin


27 June, 2017

NSW appeared in sight of just their second series win since 2005 when they led 16-6 at halftime in front of a 82,259-strong crowd at ANZ Stadium.

"Queensland have certainly got to regain the pride lost in game one".

"We want to win, that's what it's about".

"We know the qualities he brings to the team and he was excellent for us".

The countdown's on. Will the NSW Blues turn back the Queensland Maroons tide?

All experienced trying nights at stages.

Valentine Holmes finished off a spectacular Queensland try for first blood but the lead lasted just five minutes.

Aaron Woods of the Blues is tackled by Gavin Cooper of the Maroons.

Hayne scored near the sideline on the back of a NSW overlap in the 16th minute.

"That was a pretty fair effort to get the win tonight - with 16 men - in Sydney".

Queensland coach Kevin Walters is calling for a fair go from referees Matt Cecchin and Gerard Sutton after a concerted campaign from NSW to wrestle control of the State of Origin officials.

For Glasby the media criticism was the proverbial water off a duck's back.

There was an opportunity for Queensland in game one where they put a short kick into the in-goal and Oates did everything he could to get to the football but knocked the ball on.

"I think playing rugby league was my sole motivation (during rehab)".

The comeback came after the Maroons opened the scoring on their second visit into attacking territory with Holmes diving in to score in the corner and Thurston curling the touchline conversion between the uprights after 11 minutes.

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"I was asked about game one and said it was played in tremendous spirit and hopefully game two will be played in the same spirit of the game", Daley said.

Nathan Peats made a game-high 52 tackles.

But Dowling, who played 11 games for Queensland in the 1980s, believed Thurston's would top the lot, and said it would be a "crying shame" if injury denied him the chance to play.

Slater made a triumphant return to the State of Origin arena on Wednesday night, setting up the match-winning play in the dying minutes of an ANZ Stadium thriller. You go at him, and it puts pressure on the defenders either side.

"They didn't go to him once at all in the second half".

"But I've never played that bad and felt that good after a game".

He accused the Blues of putting the cue in the rack.

"We knew they were a great side and they've got the players to claw back leads and I think we were a bit guilty of putting the cue in the rack and trying to defend the lead rather than playing the footy that got us our lead in the first place".

"His shoulder was absolutely buggered", Johns told Channel 9.

"How they didn't identify that, was rubbish".

BILLY Slater has no plans to follow good mate Johnathan Thurston into the sunset.

Left out of the Maroons' Origin I caning - due in part to concerns over his perceived hesitancy in defence after nearly two years out of the game - Slater is bracing for a torrid reception from the Blues, who have identified his injury as a focal point on Wednesday night.

"I've just been a few days in Sydney".

Speaking on Thursday morning, Thurston was still holding out hope that he will play for North Queensland against Penrith in what would be his 300th NRL appearance.

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