NSW VB Blues win in enemy territory - Match Highlights
Above are the match highlights from tonight's 12-8 win over QLD at Suncorp Stadium.
Below is the match report from tonight's game.
New South Wales produced a brilliant defensive display to hold out Queensland 12-8 in the opening State of Origin match at Suncorp Stadium.
The Maroons attacked the Blues try line with raid after raid but couldn't break through brick-like defence.
It was New South Wales first win in Brisbane in the opening match of the series since 2003 when they emerged with a 25-12 victory. They would go on to win the second game in Sydney and clinched the series.
Queensland looked dangerous early on by spreading the ball wide and finding easy yardage.
The Maroons spread the ball wide in the fifth minute with winger Darius Boyd momentum carrying him over for the try. Johnathan Thurston could not add the extras but the home side were ahead 4-0.
Queensland suffered a huge blow after 10 minutes when half-back Cooper Cronk went off with a shoulder injury. His replacement off the bench was Australian international Daly Cherry-Evans, not a bad player to have as a back-up.
Jarryd Hayne went close to taking a cross-field grubber kick but it was diffused by Greg Inglis.
On the back of a penalty, New South Wales worked their way across field with Hayne sliding across before putting Josh Morris away down the sideline. He turned the ball back inside for his brother Brett to score in the corner. However, in the process, he looked to have damaged his shoulder. Despite medical attention, he stayed on. Trent Hodkinson, making in Origin debut and selected for his goal-kicking, failed to convert wide out, leaving the scores locked at 4-all.
But Hodkinson was spot with a 26th minute penalty goal to edge the Blues ahead 6-4.
Josh Reynolds was placed on report for a lifting tackle on Brent Tate with some assistance from Beau Scott.
With seven minutes left in the first half, Hayne looked to have been tackled by Thurston but he fell off the tackle, allowing the Blues full-back to have another go. And that was enough to get the ball down for a four pointer. Hodkinson's kick missed its target by the narrowest of margins. That took New South Wales to 10-4, with the score line remaining unchanged at the half-time siren.
A penalty to the Blues early in the second half saw Hodkinson add another two points to increase his side's advantage to eight points.
With the Blues camped down in their own 20, Hayne scooted away up the middle and tried to link up with Michael Jennings but the ball went loose and Billy Slater was able to come up with the spoils.
The Maroons began to gain vital metres and once again, it was Boyd who dived over in the corner to score his 14th try in Origin football. Thurston could not convert from the sideline but the deficit had been cut to four points.
The Queenslanders were back on the attack minutes later when Cheery-Evans bomb was knocked on by Daniel Tupou, giving the home side six more tackles. But the Blues' defence held firm.
With 12 minutes remaining, the Maroons were given a penalty just 10 metres out from the Blues line. To their credit, New South Wales once again repelled the opposition's attack.
Another penalty to Queensland saw them back on the attack with Boyd held up over the line the 74th minute thanks to a great tackle from Brett Morris.
A Greg Inglis break with three minutes remaining put the Maroons back on yet under raid. In ended with Hayne grounding the ball for a goal-line drop.
The drama didn't end there as Queensland put on one final shot to score. They received another penalty after the siren and despite spreading the ball wide, Slater was tackled shot.
New South Wales 12 (J Hayne, B Morris tries; T Hodkinson 2 goals) def. Queensland 8 (D Boyd 2 tries) at Suncorp Stadium.