Another night, another reason why Origin football is next level sport. That was tough, gruelling, fiery and ultimately won by a deserving side that held out with Biblical defence for much of the second half. Queensland pressed and pressed and pressed but couldn't find the miracle try this time around. NSW can go to Sydney in three weeks and try to break the streak. Tough luck for the Maroons, who lost halfback Cooper Cronk early in the first half. They took a long time to recover and almost fell over the line.
Hayne was just freakish tonight. I'm more than happy to declare that as one of the great Origin performances. Every, single thing he did seemed to turn to gold, both in attack and defence. A game for the ages for that man and was the difference in the series opener.
Thanks for joining us tonight - leave your thoughts and take care.
FULLTIME NSW 12 Qld 8. It hasn't been announced but Hayne is your man of the match by 10 football fields.
Slater wrapped up. Game over. NSW WIN GAME ONE 12-8. That, my friends, was epic.
Penalty to Qld! Fulltime siren has blown so the will get ONE crack at this. What an effort from NSW tonight, what a game from Hayne. Qld down to 16 for most of it but the Blues really deserve to take the cake tonight.Back to top
That same play, out the left, is stopped but now we stop for an injury. Slater taken fairly late there and he's taken his time to get to his feet. No penalty but here we are, Qld 1om out, four tackles, 28 secnds.
DCE kick, it's not good, but the Maroons win a very, very fortunate scrum feed here. Less than a minute on the clock... 45 seconds. Qld 15m out, six to go... whooooa mama!
Thurston grubber! Guess who saves the day? Hayne - one of the great Origin performances tonight, no doubt.
Up it goes and Tupou is rock solid under the pressure of the Qld chase, which could really get going fast enough to put him under any real threat of dropping it. Less than four minutes now... Queensland need something. Is Mark Coyne still here?Back to top
Guerra, socks down, the new Jeremy Schloss.
Qld shift if left and Boyd goes for number three but surely he's been belted into touch here... hard to see from that the decision on the field is no try, which looks spot on. Morris did well to get underneath him as he fell over the line and Boyd's feet were swept into touch. So NSW dodge another bullet there and retain this 12-8 lead with six minutes remaining. NO TRY is the official ruling.
Matt Scott comes back for a last burst of play as NSW give away the penalty. Hodges was grabbed before he got the ball. Another big Origin finish on the way folks...
NSW right on the Qld line but Luke Lewis can't get the handle and it goes forward onto the slippery turf. It was originally rules six again but sanity prevailed there. Looked to be a plain old dropped ball. Now the clock starting to bite into Queensland's hopes... seven minutes and counting. Blues up 12-8.
Not much to this Qld attack... DCE looking a bit clunky to be honest. Ends with a poor kick and that's a poor set overall from the Maroons when they needed the kill. NSW - big, big defence. They need to get this out of there and smash it down the park. Or get the penalty, just like that. Massive relief for NSW. They lead 12-8 wth nine minutes left on the clock. A bit tense and all.
NSW end that attacking set with a shocker if a kick that rolls dead and Qld can try to return fire. They are searching for Inglis now and the big man finds a small piece of room on the left before he's well wrapped up. Thurston with the grubber and now the penalty... he was taken out late.
Thurston with a very uncharacteristic mistake, just drops it cold and spoons it up to the Blues. That might be the point where Qld lost their steam. NSW down the right end of the park again and with fresh legs in Luke Lewis.Back to top