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Rugby League

Raiders prop David Shillington faces tough task to regain Maroons spot

Raiders prop David Shillington says it will be tough to get back into the Queensland side.

Chris Wilson Raiders prop David Shillington admits it will be tough to win back his Queensland representative jersey.

LEAGUE

Blues' disdain only gave Maroons extra firepower

Roy Masters dinkus

Roy Masters The first and last penalties of Wednesday night's second State of Origin match told the story of NSW's disrespectful attitude.

Blues' fury at refs after failure to punish rule-breaking Maroons

Laurie Daley

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley was disappointed with Trent Merrin for his lack of discipline in Origin II - but not as unhappy as he was with the performance of referees Shayne Hayne and Ashley Klein.

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League

Blues' Inglis obsession suits Maroons: Smith

Greg Inglis

Phil Lutton Greg Inglis has made systematically crushing the dreams of NSW Origin opponents somewhat of an art form.

League

Maroons had game in bag before ball had been kicked

Malcolm Knox

Malcolm Knox New cricket coach, new Labor leader, same old Queensland. Could it have been otherwise? From Sam Thaiday’s second-minute try, predictors of a NSW win looked not only mistaken but in need of...

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State of Origin

Blues lack respect for Maroons: Smith

Cameron Smith

Phil Lutton Queensland captain Cameron Smith says Trent Merrin's attack to the head of Brent Tate in game two typified the lack of respect NSW took to Suncorp Stadium a fortnight ago.

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League

A masterclass as Maroons target Merritt and Maloney

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Phil Gould There is no other way to describe what happened in Brisbane last night as anything other than Queensland dishing out an Origin football lesson to the NSW Blues.

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League

Cherry-Evans will become Maroons mainstay: Thurston

Daly Cherry-Evans

Phil Lutton It was 22 minutes, hopelessly out of position but never out of his depth. Daly Cherry-Evans is only 24 but after patiently waiting for his first Origin chance, he looked as if he'd played a dozen.

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State of Origin

McManus just the man to defuse Maroons' twin threats down left flank

James McManus

Adrian Proszenko Brian Smith says James McManus is the ''right choice'' for the task of shutting down Greg Inglis and Darius Boyd, describing the winger as one of the NRL's most professional players.

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League

Maroons prospects ready to step up

Ryan Hoffman

Steve Mascord Melbourne Storm and NSW back-rower Ryan Hoffman does not believe Queensland are headed for an Origin slump because of their ageing squad, and cites two Storm teammates as evidence of the Maroons'...

League

Maroons tell Maloney to expect similar treatment

Michael Carayannis Beware James Maloney, the Queenslanders are coming for you again.

Inglis thrilled Boyd part of Maroons' terrifying two

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 26:  Darius Boyd of the Maroons celebrates after scoring a try during game two of the ARL State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on June 26, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Greg Inglis says Darius Boyd, media recluse and Origin try machine, does all the talking he needs on the field.

League

Another year of pain as Maroons make it eight straight

Johnathan Thurston

Brad Walter Queensland make it eight series wins in a row as NSW squander a glut of possession.

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Masterful Maroons leave Blues behind the eightball

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17:  The Maroons team celebrate with the shield after victory in game three of the ARL State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on July 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Nsw 10 Queensland 12 ''It's gr8 m8, 8 St8 of Origins in a row.''

State Of Origin

Thurston urges Mal to lead Maroons' hunt for ninth straight series

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Michael Carayannis Johnathan Thurston has called on Mal Meninga to stay at the helm of the Maroons as the Queensland legend ponders his coaching future.

State of Origin

Decision time: Maroons send Blues back to square one

Mitchell Pearce

Glenn Jackson Before Australia decides, a decider. Backs to the wall has never been a particularly fun place for anyone playing Queensland to be, and so this year's Blues became the latest to be ambushed by a...

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Rugby league

Maroons in box seat for decider

Greg Inglis.

Glenn Jackson, Brisbane Backs to the wall has never been a particularly fun place for anyone playing Queensland to be.

League

Pressure suits Maroons, says Meninga

Laine Clark They may be 1-0 down in the State of Origin series but Queensland coach Mal Meninga reckons there is no place he would rather be.

Enforcer Papalii brings much-needed punch to the Maroons

Josh Papalii

Phil Lutton THE first thing you notice when you meet Josh Papalii in the flesh is he is built like a Samoan He-Man figure. That, and his still-strong New Zealand accent. Arise, NSW conspiracy theorists.

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Untroubled Maroons cruising into Origin

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Phil Lutton While the state of New South Wales inhales after good news about Paul Gallen's knee, the anxiety north of the border among those responsible for picking Queensland's Origin squad chiefly surrounds...