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The Queensland Rangers have downed the NSW Ron Massey Cup Representative side in a tight 11-4 contest in the Gold Coast.

The match featured none other than ex-NRL star, Shane Shackleton, and he showed his class in the match, alongside his front-row partner and captain, Andrew Pearn.

Corey Blades was outstanding on his right wing for the Maroons, while Gerard McCallum was a constant threat in attack for NSW.

Mitch Wilson was rewarded for a great performance with man of the match honours. 

The game was played end-to-end for the opening 10 minutes, and only a fantastic tackle by Blades prevented NSW posting the first points of the afternoon.

An even better effort followed shortly afterwards, when Blades looked certain to score in the right corner, before Chad Porter made a brilliant cover tackle, forcing him into touch.

The Maroons opened their account through Kennedy Pettybourne, who was the recipient of a lovely long-ball by Chris Ash that put him through a hole.

On the stroke of halftime, the Maroons were gifted a chance at two extra points when NSW conceded a penalty directly in front of the posts, but somehow the kick was off line and the score remained 4-0 going into the break.

Another incredible effort saved a would-be Queensland try in the opening stages of the second half, but the Blues handed back the field position when Jake Walsh kicked a ball out on the full while under pressure.

Pressure mounted and eventually the Blue wall cracked when Chris Ash threw a miracle offload for Ono So'Oialo to run through a big hole and scored under the posts.

The Blues finally got on the scoreboard at the hour mark, and the try came at their second set on the attack in a long period of time. Jake Walsh held a ball up for Jordan Latham, who ran a perfect line through a gap and strolled over the line to score.

The biggest hit of the day occurred with 10 minutes remaining, when Mitch Wilson put on an absolute bell-ringer on Gerard McCallum, who was bringing the ball back.

NSW had various try-scoring opportunities, but their exertion was well off. Porter capped off a marvellous game by making a one-on-one tackle in the in-goal to effectively deny the Blues another chance.

Chris Ash sealed the game with a field goal, meaning Queensland won the game 11-4. 

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