State Of Origin 2017 Game 1 Results: NSW beat QLD 28 – 4

The 2017 State Of Origin series got underway at the old Lang Park on Wednesday night and the Blues kicked things off with their biggest win at the venue defeating the depleted Maroons 28 – 4.

State Of Origin Results: Game 1

Wednesday May 31, 2017 – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

New South Wales (28) – (4) Queensland

  • QLD Tries: Corey Oates
  • NSW Tries: Andrew Fifita, Jarryd Hayne, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, James Tedesco
  • Attendance: 50,390
  • Man of the Match: Andrew Fifita (NSW)

New South Wales went into the first State Of Origin game for 2017 as favourites in betting and didn’t disappoint with their five-tries-to-one victory.

The omissions from the Queensland Origin side were evident, especially the injured five-eighth Johnathan Thurston.

Without him, Cooper Cronk did his best in the halves but was mainly on his own and unable to create any game breaking moments.

Queensland were also missing powerhouse forwards Matt Scott (injured) and Corey Parker (retired), while there will now be pressure on coach Kevin Walters to bring Billy Slater back on board in the No. 1 Maroons’ jersey after his replacement Darius Boyd failed to live up to the hype.

The first State Of Origin try-scorer was James Maloney from the Sharks, who would have been at juicy odds to get the four-pointers underway.

In a frenetic first half of Origin football, there were few errors and both teams were putting in huge metres as the game went from end-to-end with near perfect completion rates.

Queensland looked to even the scoreboard when a pinpoint perfect Cronk kick found towering Brisbane winger Corey Oates who got it down.

An exhausted skipper Cameron Smith, whose celebrations of his 40th Origin game were dampened by the result, was unable to convert however and that instantly kept the home side behind.

Under a minute before half-time the Blues got over for their second with a controversial NSW team selection, Mitchell Pearce, proving to be a good call when he went over changing the momentum of the match as the sides went to the sheds.

It was all about New South Wales in the second-half as they went on to score a further three unanswered State Of Origin tries from Jarryd Hayne in his first Origin match in three years, eventual Man of the Match Andrew Fifita who had enormous match and the brilliant young fullback James Tedesco.

It is now up to Queensland to bounce back when they head down to Sydney for State Of Origin Game 2 on June 21 looking to keep the series alive with an upset across the border.

Updated State Of Origin odds on Game two have the Blues as clear $1.50 favourites while the Maroons are out to $2.60 to make it one all and set up a do-or-die decider on July 12.

Check out all the latest 2017 State Of Origin series betting odds online now at Ladbrokes.com.au.