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State of Origin: Jarryd Hayne soars in Blues win

Queensland 8 NSW 12

NSW fullback Jarryd Hayne tries to evade Queensland five-eighth Johnathan Thurston.

NSW fullback Jarryd Hayne tries to evade Queensland five-eighth Johnathan Thurston. Photo: Getty Images

In the company of two of the greatest fullbacks rugby league has ever seen, Jarryd Hayne produced one of NSW's greatest individual performances to guide his side within one win of breaking Queensland's eight-year dominance.

After a refuel in Coffs Harbour last week, the Hayne Plane landed at Suncorp Stadium to win man of the match on a night many expected Greg Inglis or Billy Slater to turn the 100th Origin game into yet another Maroons celebration.

Queensland veteran Billy Slater tries to get past Blues winger Brett Morris.

Queensland veteran Billy Slater tries to get past Blues winger Brett Morris. Photo: Getty Images

Time
80.00
Team
QLD
Score
8
Team
NSW
Score
12
Queensland versus New South Wales
View Match Statistics
Players Boyd(2) Tries 2 Tries 2 Players Morris, Hayne
Players Thurston 0/2 (0%) Conversions 0 Conversions 0 Players Hodkinson 0/2 (0%)
Players Penalty goals 0 Penalty goals 2 Players Hodkinson 2/2 (100%)
Players Field goals 0 Field goals 0 Players

The Blues had to withstand an almighty Maroons resurgence in the final 23 minutes of the game, showing incredible desperation in defence to hold on to an inspiring 12-8 victory after one of the most gruelling battles in Origin history.

But it was the enigmatic Blues No.1 who scored a try and played a hand in another to lead the Blues to a 12-8 victory at Suncorp Stadium to give the Blues a 1-0 series lead for the second time in as many years. 

Hayne was the star of the show in game one last year and was unlucky to be pipped for man of the match honours by Luke Lewis, however played no further part in the series after suffering a hamstring injury.

NSW winger Brett Morris stretches out to score the Blues' opening try.

NSW winger Brett Morris stretches out to score the Blues' opening try. Photo: Getty Images

Josh Dugan filled the No.1 jersey for the last two games, but on Wednesday night Hayne sent a reminder of his worth and justified claims in the build up that saw him labelled as NSW's most important player.

While his form at club level is often defined as inconsistent, it's hard to remember him not making an impact in all of the 18 games he's worn the Blues jersey since 2007, even when he's been on the wing.

Coming into last night's game he averaged 4.3 tackle busts and 129.5 metres per game in Origin football, he exceeded both of those statistics on a night that could define him as a representative player.

Billy Slater of the Maroons runs through James Tamou and Beau Scott of the blues during game one of the State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Click for more photos

State of Origin: Qld v NSW

The Queensland Maroons take on New South Wales in the first game of the 2014 State of Origin Series at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Wednesday, May 28. Photo: Getty Images

The Blues came into the game having not won at Suncorp Stadium since game three of the 2009 series, however that night was a dead rubber.

The last time they won a game in Queensland when the series was still on the line was back in game three of 2005, which coincides with the last time the Blues won a series.

The Maroons were dealt a blow of monumental proportions when halfback Cooper Cronk was rushed from the field in just the 10th minute after breaking his arm in the early exchanges.

Brett Morris overcame a shoulder injury scoring a try in the first half to finish the match, while his brother Josh had to battle an ankle injury of his own picked up in the second half.

With Greg Bird poised to return from suspension for game two, Beau Scott could find himself in trouble of retaining his position in the side after he missed two simple tackles in the first half that both led to Maroons line breaks.

The first try came in rather controversial circumstances, with the Maroons awarded a scrum after it appeared that Brent Tate knocked on an unexpected bomb from Nate Myles.

From the ensuing scrum the Maroons swept it through the backline for Darius Boyd to show up former teammate Brett Morris and score his first of two tries on the night.

It was the footwork of Hayne that saw the fullback get around Johnathan Thurston, putting Josh Morris into space, who in turn set up his brother Brett for NSW's opening try of the night.

A penalty in the ruck against the Maroons allowed Hodkinson to make up for his earlier conversion miss, slotting over a penalty from in front of the sticks to give the Blues a 6-4 lead after 26 minutes.

But it was another dose of Hayne magic on the stroke of half time that sent the Blues into the sheds up by six, rolling out of a tackle from Thurston and stretching out to plant the ball down despite a swarm of Maroons jerseys on top of him.

It was a Hayne bomb and chase which saw Slater come up empty handed that paved the way for the next points, with the Blues winning another penalty after retaining possession.

Hodkinson's second penalty goal of the night put the Blues in front 12-4, but when Boyd crossed for his 14try in 18 appearances, the margin was reduced to just four with 22 minutes remaining.

NEW SOUTH WALES 12 (J Hayne B Morris tries T Hodkinson 2 goals) bt QUEENSLAND 8 (D Boyd 2 tries) at Suncorp Stadium. Referee: Shayne Hayne, Ben Cummins. Crowd: 52,111. 

51 comments so far

  • GO THE BLUES!!! Nice attempt by the refs to get QLD the win but our defence was just too good. Jarryd Hayne was outstanding, Shayne Hayne needs to be dropped!

    Commenter
    Todd
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    May 28, 2014, 10:30PM
    • Hate to say it but I have to agree Todd. Hayne was magic, even as a Queenslander I have to applaud his game tonight. We missed Sammy Thiaday out there tonight.

      Commenter
      John
      Date and time
      May 28, 2014, 10:38PM
    • Not even the ALP's melodramatic 'Blackest Day in Sport' political drama could beat NSW tonight.

      Commenter
      enough is enough
      Date and time
      May 28, 2014, 10:48PM
    • Got to agree Todd, GO THE BLUES and yes the refs had me scratching my head at a couple of their calls but a win is a win and bring on game 2 in Sydney.

      Commenter
      Paul01
      Location
      Riverina
      Date and time
      May 28, 2014, 10:51PM
    • No Todd it's not Shane Hayne it's the whole bloody concept of what constitutes the adjudication of the game today. Two referees has been a disaster, the referral to the video ref to decide a try ..a disaster, the inability of the referees to discipline a back chatting or swearing player captain or not...a disaster, the reluctance of the referees to send off a player for breaches of the rules...a disaster, the micro slow motion replays which distort the reality of the contest…a disaster. I believe the game has crossed the Rubicon and even though we will get exciting contests like tonight the game has morphed into something it was never designed to be, a means to an end rather than the end in itself.

      Commenter
      RTP
      Location
      Sawtell
      Date and time
      May 28, 2014, 10:52PM
    • @todd, totally agreed about the refereeing - even the Queensland crowd didn't think that penalties should have been called (and they are very vocal when they think a penalty is missed).

      Commenter
      Jimbo
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      May 28, 2014, 10:53PM
    • The Qlders will come here and blame the refs (despite the 7-4 penalty count), the field, the weather, Gallen, everything but the fact NSW (well, only Hayne) were better.

      Commenter
      rayj
      Date and time
      May 28, 2014, 11:03PM
    • i am so with you - i have stood back for years and realised the refs are biased to qld - i was there tonight going wow - you kidding arent you - it was like the try a few series a go to qld - how can we in 1pc of fact award the try

      Commenter
      isnt it funny
      Date and time
      May 28, 2014, 11:49PM
    • +1
      Shane Hayne & side-kick seemed to get a lot of the 50/50 calls wrong and the toads were, as usual, the beneficiaries.

      Commenter
      Antichrist
      Location
      NSW
      Date and time
      May 29, 2014, 12:15AM
    • Agreed. Shayne Hayne was the Ref for Manly V Melbourne and when Balin lay on the ground and held Smiths jumper, not only was Smith allowed to rain elbows on Balins face but he got the penalty as well. The exact same thing happened last night with the QLD player laying on his back pulling the NSW players jumper as he tried to stand and play the ball but Hayne must have dropped his whistle in dog $h!t because it wasnt going anywhere near his mouth. Same infringement - two opposite rulings. Hopeless.

      Commenter
      J72
      Date and time
      May 29, 2014, 7:21AM

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