QLD Crush NSW 34 – 6 in State of Origin 2 Securing Record Fifth Straight Series

Last night Queensland entered the history books when they thrashed New South Wales 34 – 6 in Origin II, giving the Maroons their record fifth consecutive series victory after their success in the opener last month.

In Origin’s great 30 year history no other team has been more successful than the Queensland side that won last night in front of a devoted sea of 52,452 Maroon fans at Suncorp Stadium.

It was a typically turbulent and tough affair, with tempers exploding a number of times including when the Blue’s Luke O’Donnell got Daruis Boyd in a perilous spear tackle, prompting an all out brawl.

The Maroons dominated in possession, attack and skill, making a mockery out of the weak Blues’ defence. Their six-tries-to-one onslaught leaving the Blues battered, bruised and on the back of five straight losses.

Greg Inglis opened the Maroons’ account just three minutes in, turning the hurt of the racial slur by ex-assistant Blues’ coach Andrew Johns into a determined and unstoppable energy.

New South Wales stood little chance from the kick off, the side written off by the bookies failing to find any kind of cohesion or form in the face of a fired-up and confident Queensland outfit.

Queensland managed two more first half tries with Israel Folau and Darius Boyd scoring in the 12th and 14th minutes, Thurston converting two from three so the Maroons went into the break leading 16 – nil at half time.

The first few minutes of the second half were important for the Blues if they were to have any chance of fighting back and causing an upset, but it wasn’t to be as Queensland shut them down and ran in three more unanswered tries.

Four minutes back from the break Willie Tonga scored a converted try, followed just four minutes later when Folau completed his double, and then Cooper Cronk added some gloss to the score with another four-pointer in the 62nd minute. Thurston’s accurate kicking boosting them up to a total of 34 points before the Blues could even open their account.

Just when it looked as though Queensland would finish up with their largest winning Origin margin, having beat NSW 30 – nil back in 2008, Brett White finally scored one for the Blues. Michael Ennis converted and the final score was 34 – 6 in favour of the home side.

The crowd went ballistic and after so many standout performances by the likes of in-form fullback Billy Slater, returning hooker Cameron Smith, and powerhouse protector Sam Thaiday, it was the Maroons’ instrumental skipper Darren Lockyer who was awarded with the coveted Man of the Match title.

To read the comprehensive game analysis and results of Queensland’s State of Origin II win head to State of Origin Betting.

Now it is up to New South Wales to earn back their fans with a win in Sydney in game three on July 7 at ANZ Stadium. They will start as the underdogs, but can they fight back? Check out the odds for State of Origin III at Ladbrokes.com.au today!

State of Origin Game 2 Tries

QLD

Tryscoring Player Time Scored Conversion
Greg Inglis 3m
Israel Folau 12m Johnathan Thurston
Darius Boyd 34m Johnathan Thurston
Willie Tonga 44m Johnathan Thurston
Israel Folau 48m Johnathan Thurston
Cooper Cronk 62m Johnathan Thurston

NSW

Tryscoring Player Time Scored Conversion
Brett White 79m Michael Ennis

Man of the Match

Player Tackles Try Assists Kicks
Darren Lockyer 13 2 8