2017 State Of Origin Results: Queensland Win Game 2

The State Of Origin Series 2017 remains alive after a fighting comeback from the Queensland Maroons who beat the Blues in Sydney 18 – 16 at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.

The right boot of Johnathan Thurston, who missed Game 1 due to injury, gave the Maroons the two points they needed to score the upset victory and set up a decider for State Of Origin Game 3 back in Brisbane on July 12.

State Of Origin Results: Game 2

Wednesday June 21, 2017 – ANZ Stadium, Brisbane

Queensland (18) – (16) New South Wales

  • QLD Tries: Dane Gagai (2), Valentine Holmes (1)
  • NSW Tries: Jarryd Hayne (1), Brett Morris (1), Mitchell Pearce (1)
  • Attendance: 82,259
  • Man of the Match: Josh Jackson (NSW)

There were just a few minutes left to spare on the clock when Dane Gagai crossed for his second four-pointer of the match, his seventh try in six Origin games played for Queensland, to tie the score 16 all.

Then it was up to Thurston, who had been struggling through a nasty re-injury to his shoulder for most of the night, to convert and tie the series one all.

Handing the pressure, Thurston booted the ball beautifully off his right foot and for the first time since 1987 Queensland came back from a Game 1 loss in Brisbane to win the second of the series in Sydney.

That year the Maroons went on to win the series and the latest State Of Origin odds at Ladbrokes.com.au on the series winner favour the same result with Queensland now $1.70 favourites.

The Blues are out to $2.15 to travel up to the sunshine state and come away with the Origin shield after giving away their 16 – 6 half-time lead on Wednesday night.

Queensland posted first points on the night with the State Of Origin First Tryscorer bets on Valentine Holmes paying out nine minutes in with the Maroons debutant narrowly escaping the sideline for an acrobatic four-pointer converted by JT.

It was an atoning effort from Holmes who had just minutes earlier knocked the ball on in his first ever touch in State Of Origin footy.

The Blues kept things close when Jarryd Hayne, who later made same bad calls under pressure in the second half, got the home side on the board just five minutes later giving New South Wales the confidence and momentum to dominate the first half.

They went on to cross twice more with tries to Brett Morris, after a poor defensive effort from the inexperienced Tim Glasby, and Mitchell Pearce, whose try came off a beautiful Trbojevic ball to Tedesco, heading to the sheds with a nice 10 point buffer.

The second 40 minutes though saw New South Wales lose the plot, abandoning what had worked so well for them in the first half and forgetting about trying to score again.

Instead it was all Queensland with a second half double for Gagai (53rd minute and 77th minute) and Thurston’s three-from-three conversion rate, after the missed kick by the Blues earlier in the match, sealed the result.

Thurston is in doubt for Game 3 with possible surgery pending on his shoulder, but that hasn’t stopped the bookies installing them as series favourites.

Retiring from representative at the end of the year, Thurston may have played his final State Of Origin game last night.

The return of Billy Slater, his first Origin game in two years, also gave Queensland something extra as the No. 1 put himself everywhere he was needed in the first half.

The ageing Maroons stars were well-supported with standout performances from the likes of the always tough Josh McGuire and a fired-up Dylan Napa who was a powerhouse up the middle all night.

Check out the latest State Of Origin Game 3 2017 odds online now at Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of the decider in three weeks!