Rugby League

Blow for Maroons as Thurston out for the season

Johnathan Thurston's season is over.

Johnathan Thurston will be robbed of his State of Origin farewell with a shoulder injury set to rule the Maroons No.6 out of next month's decider and potentially the rest of the season.

Were NSW really as bad as Andrew Johns made out?

Back in it: Dane Gagai's first try gives Queensland hope.

"Dumbest half of football NSW has played"? Really? When the eighth Immortal speaks, it usually pays to listen. But what were the key moments in a second half in which NSW possibly let State of Origin supremacy slip?

'Everyone plays through pain': Thurston upbeat over shoulder

Johnathan Thurston looks on after victory.

Johnathan Thurston denied there was further structural damage to his suspect shoulder and won't feel the pressure to play his 300th NRL game in Townsville on Saturday night after carrying a limp arm - and the entire to state of Queensland - to a series decider next month.

How the Maroons rated in game two

Game-winner: Dane Gagai was superb for Queensland.

A brilliant performance from Dane Gagai and some brutal minutes from Dylan Napa topped the list for the Maroons as the sprung back into the series in Sydney.

End of a dynasty? Maybe not

Magic moment: Johnathan Thurston watches his kick sail between the posts to win the game.

Johnathan Thurston, in another big game, had a kick from the sidelines to win it and hit the posts. The great ones never miss twice.