Queensland have won the Darren Lockyer Shield for the first time after beating NSW 30-12 at Suncorp Stadium.
Match: QLD U20s v NSW U20s
Round 1 -
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Slippery conditions could be blamed for the amount of errors to begin the game, which actually started with Queensland kicking the ball off out on the full.
An error coming out of trouble gave the Maroons their first opportunity of the game, and Jake Clifford took advantage of that with a slick show and go to open proceedings.
The Blues were put straight back on the attack thanks to an error off the kick-off set, and an incredible superman effort from Brian Too got the Blues their first points. A sharp left-to-right shift saw Bronson Xerri give his winger some space and Too was physically upside down at the moment he planted the ball down.
Queensland were next to score when Corey Horsburgh charged onto a face ball close to the line, which was the final scoring play of the half.
As he did in the first half, Clifford finished off a right-side play when he once again threw a dummy and slipped his way through for a try, before some nice work from Corey Allan saw Kurt Wiltshire extend their lead to 24-6.
The lead grew further when Tristin Sailor scored before Billy Smith scored a late try that made the final score 30-12.