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Relentless Maroons give NSW another dose of blues

Battered but victorious ... The Maroons take game one the State of Origin series. Click for more photos

NSW feels the Blues. Again

Queensland benefited from some dubious refereeing to take Game 1 in the Origin series 18-10 in Melbourne. Photo: Getty Images

The try that sealed it might have been ridiculous, but so too is Queensland's remarkable ability to claw out a State of Origin win.

The Maroons wrapped up the opening match - which featured an all-in brawl, a sin binning and contentious refereeing - with a late try that took three minutes for the video official Sean Hampstead to award and prompted an outburst from a frustrated NSW captain Paul Gallen.

''How the hell is that a try? This is out of control - this is ridiculous,'' Gallen wailed to the referee as Johnathan Thurston lined up the conversion which gave Queensland an 18-10 win and the edge as they bid for a seventh straight series triumph.

The controversy shouldn't overshadow the treat that was served up to the crowd of 56,021 at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.

It's been a recurring theme in the past half dozen years. NSW gives it a real crack, but just cannot withstand the relentless Queensland brilliance.

NSW dominated the first 20 minutes of the match and much of the second half, but the Queenslanders will never lie down.

An old-fashioned State of Origin brawl altered the complexion of the match as NSW led 4-0 halfway through the first half, but went a man down when Michael Jennings was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes.

His fruitless flying haymaker enabled Queensland to take advantage of their extra man as Darius Boyd crossed out wide for the first of his two tries as the Maroons went into half-time 12-4 ahead.

Jennings made amends when he scored while Melbourne's corporate heavies were finishing their half-time dessert, when he picked up the spillage from a Billy Slater fumble under a high ball and put NSW back in the game at 12-10. Queensland withstood NSW's repeated barrages and killed off the Blues' hopes with seven minutes left when Greg Inglis dived on a loose ball that looked like he might have knocked on or which could have come off Robbie Farah's foot. After a long time looking at many angles, Hampstead saw it Queensland's way and, whatever Gallen thinks of it, the Maroons are 1-0 up and their dominance continues.

74 comments so far

  • I wish Channel Nine would stop turning up the sound at every tackle. It's very annoying and not at all subtle.

    Date and time
    May 23, 2012, 8:25PM
    • Good game so far. Only comment is that the ref seems to be a little lenient on the Queenslanders on getting off the NSW quickly post tackle.

      Date and time
      May 23, 2012, 8:46PM
      • Commentary is dumb - Jennings 3rd man is to a 15 man fight. Apparently none of the others ran in??? refs obviously tuned to a QLD victory!!!! Jennings - only reason was the only one who was good enough to land a punch!!!

        Date and time
        May 23, 2012, 8:48PM
        • 7 nil baby all day

          Date and time
          May 23, 2012, 9:59PM
        • it's night time sam. You should notice that because your curtains aren't fading.

          Date and time
          May 23, 2012, 10:13PM
        • Brent Tait 3rd in and swinging FFS.

          Date and time
          May 23, 2012, 10:52PM
      • Just wish channel nine would have decent commentators....So bloody ocker and over the top...too many adverts during the game..(hinting ones that is)......just turn off the volume and listen to the ABC...decent and funny commentators..

        Date and time
        May 23, 2012, 8:48PM
        • Jennings....that's why you are playing in the NSW cup.
          The refs have taken all the sting out of the game, Bird's tackle was perfect. Origin this year is like a light beer....weak as piss.

          Date and time
          May 23, 2012, 9:02PM
          • lol

            Gordon Akman
            Date and time
            May 23, 2012, 9:06PM
            • QLD hopes that NSW coaches don't inform Uate that Boyd is his opposite number because Boyd will happily score all their tries tonight.

              Date and time
              May 23, 2012, 9:06PM

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