Michael Chammas

Michael Chammas

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Queensland Maroons beat NSW Blues to score consolation win

Michael Chammas Queensland have saved face after losing the first two matches of the State of Origin series by beating NSW in the finale at Suncorp Stadium.

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State of Origin: NSW Blues beat Queensland Maroons to end eight-year drought

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18:  Trent Hodkinson of the Blues celebrates winning the series after game two of the State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas NSW halfback Trent Hodkinson etched his name into State of Origin folklore by scoring the winning try to beat Queensland at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night for the Blues to win their first series...

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Queensland Maroons on cloud nine as Mal Meninga's men push for all-time greatness

Down and out: A ninth consecutive Origin series loss for NSW would put Queensland among the longest winning streaks in two-team competitions.

Michael Chammas Eight series in a row has Queensland on par with Australia's greatest Ashes domination over the old enemy, but just how far will the Maroons' dominance over NSW extend?

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Injury-hit Maroons toss up switching Greg Inglis to five-eighth for State of Origin II

Change mooted: Greg Inglis on the charge in Origin I.

Michael Chammas Queensland are contemplating taking one of the biggest gambles of their record eight-year run, weighing up the notion of moving Greg Inglis to five-eighth for game two in Sydney.

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Tamou refuses to buy into Maroons' perceived weaknesses

James Tamou

Michael Chammas Not since 2000 have Queensland played an Origin game without one of Darren Lockyer or Petero Civoniceva, but Blues prop James Tamou dismissed the notion the Maroons would field their weakest team...

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Loyalty will lead way for unchanged Maroons side

Daley (L) and  Meninga (R)

Michael Chammas NSW coach Laurie Daley expects Queensland to maintain their loyalty policy and stick with the same side for game two.

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Bird in flap as Maroons axe mate Harrison

Greg Bird

Michael Chammas NSW back-rower Greg Bird was reluctant to label Queensland's two team changes as a sign of panic but criticised the Maroons' decision to dump Titans teammate Ashley Harrison.

Manly sweat on Cherry-Evans as Maroons leave Toovey on a promise

Daly CHerry-Evans

Michael Chammas QUEENSLAND Origin coach Mal Meninga has assured Manly they will have star halfback Daly Cherry-Evans back in time for Sunday afternoon's match against Sydney Roosters.

Dragons' youngsters channel Maroons to put their heroes to the test

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Michael Chammas EVANDER CUMMINS is no Billy Slater, but the St George Illawarra and NSW under-20s fullback was the next best thing yesterday, imitating the Maroons superstar in an opposed session against the Blues.

Slater's selfless ruling gives Maroons No.1 'rookie' Inglis the tap

Slater

Michael Chammas BILLY SLATER described it as one of the toughest decisions of his career to pull out of Wednesday night's series decider with a knee injury.

NSW look for T-Rex to monster Maroons

Tony Williams

Michael Chammas When Brian Smith was at the helm of Parramatta, whispers of a so-called rising star named Tony Williams were as loud as the noise he's created leading into tonight's series decider.

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The State of Origin economy: What is the cost of success?

Proud moment: Paul Gallen lifts the State of Origin shield.

Michael Chammas State of Origin is rugby league’s golden goose. But how much does it cost, how much does it bring in, and who benefits?

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Stingy Blues close in on State of Origin defensive record

No try: Jarryd Hayne stops Sam Thaiday from scoring.

Michael Chammas They have broken Queensland's eight-year dominance, now NSW are on the verge of becoming the greatest defensive team in State of Origin history.

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Cronulla Sharks' desire to avoid wooden spoon will be motivation enough: Paul Gallen

Cronulla captain Paul Gallen tries to fend off the Manly defence.

Michael Chammas The Sharks are out of finals contention but Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen isn't short of motivation, desperate to avoid winning the wooden spoon this season.

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Geoff Toovey gave Daly Cherry-Evans a run to take his mind off State of Origin loss

Tonic: Daly Cherry-Evans (right) congratulates Tom Symonds on a try against the Sharks.

Michael Chammas Manly coach Geoff Toovey contemplated resting Daly Cherry-Evans on Saturday night but insists the halfback wanted to move on from the disappointment of Origin.

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It's time for the NSW Blues: Queensland's State of Origin number is up

It's time: Blues skipper Paul Gallen.

Michael Chammas It's the devil's number in cricket but it could be lucky 87 for NSW in their bid to end Queensland's eight-year Origin supremacy on Wednesday night.

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State of Origin success helps give James Tamou that dinky-di feeling

New outlook: NSW front-rower James Tamou believes the Blues now have the formula for bringing down Queensland.

Michael Chammas When it comes to controversial eligibility selections, James Tamou is right up there with Greg Inglis and Israel Folau.

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Referees Shayne Hayne and Ben Cummins will stay in charge for State of Origin game two

Offside with the Blues: Referee Shayne Hayne.

Michael Chammas Under-fire referees Shayne Hayne and Ben Cummins have retained their spots and will control game two despite NSW officials being left furious with their game one performance.

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How the NRL teams rate heading into rep season

Man of the moment: Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds.

Michael Chammas No one expected the Bulldogs to start the year as competition leaders without a genuine fullback, but halves Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson have been integral to their success.

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NSW coach Laurie Daley expected to keep changes to a minimum for Origin

Michael Chammas NSW coach Laurie Daley is set to make the least number of changes to start an Origin series since the start of Queensland's record breaking run in 2006.