In a typically entertaining and controversial State of Origin result the almighty Queensland Maroons have kicked off their quest to secure seven straight series wins off on the right foot with a hard fought 18 – 10 win over a gutsy New South Wales Blues outfit at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night May 23.
The game had it all from a biff and a sin-binning, to a contentious video ref awarded try that really won Queensland the match.
Despite going in as the notable outsiders in the State of Origin odds the Ricky Stuart-coached Blues looked the better of the two rep teams inside the opening 10 minutes with the flying Akuila Uate posting the first points of the night just six minutes in.
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The big Queensland squad fought back however with a daring Darius Boyd double in the left corner thanks to some Johnathan Thurston magic scored in the 26th and 39th minutes.
The last gave Queensland a nice 12 – 4 lead at half time, Thurston converting both the Maroon’s tries while Todd Carney, who really didn’t live up to the pre-match hype for the cockroaches, missed the first.
Adding to the first-half action was a brawl that broke out and led to Michael Jennings, who came in with a swinging punch that connected with Queensland winger Brent Tate who had a beauty of a game, copping 10 minutes in the bin.
Playing 13 on 12 suited the Queenslanders just fine, Boyd scoring his first on this advantage.
Back from the break the New South Welshmen started the stronger again with Jennings making up for his binning with a 43rd minute try which Carney was able to convert this time.
Neither team really felt comfortable at this stage.
Would it be the experience and mass of the Queenslanders that stood the 80-minute test, or would a fired-up and speedy Blues squad run the cane toads off their feet?
As it turned out the favourites put the result beyond doubt with the big GI., Greg Inglis, making history as the highest scoring Origin player ever with a 73rd minute four-pointer converted by JT.
It was this try more than anything that has been in the headlines ever since, Inglis having dropped the ball but the video refs awarding it having found NSW hooker Robbie Farah had kicked the ball form his grip before he regathered to score his 13th try for QLD.
So that’s it, State of Origin Game 1 done and dusted, analysed and over for 2012.
The Blues get the home ground advantage for State of Origin 2012 Game 2 at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday June 13, 2012.
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2012 State of Origin Game 1 Results & Match Break-Down
Score: QLD 18 – 10 NSW
Man of the Match: Nate Myles (QLD)
Blues Tries: Akuila Uate (6m), Michael Jennings (43m)
Blues Conversions: Todd Carney (44m)
Maroons Tries: Darius Boyd (26m, 39m), Greg Inglis (73m)
Maroons Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (28m, 40m, 74m)
NSW Most Metres Run: Paul Gallen (230metres)
QLD Most Metres Run: Brent Tate (154metres)
NSW Most Tackles: Glenn Stewart (34)
QLD Most Tackles: Cameron Smith (47)
- NSW: 32/40 = 80 per cent
- QLD: 28/35 = 80 per cent
- NSW: 1574 metres
- QLD: 1253 metres
- NSW: 598 metres
- QLD: 757 metres
- NSW: 315
- QLD: 333
MISSED TACKLES –
- NSW: 4
- QLD: 3
PENALTIES RECEIVED –
- NSW: 4
- QLD: 3