Queensland makes it seven in a row
Queensland has cemented its place as the greatest rugby league team in history after clinching seven straight series wins at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.
A Josh Morris try and a Todd Carney conversion had scores locked at 20 a-piece with only nine minutes remaining.
In a circumstance where Queensland would usually turn to Darren Lockyer it was magic man Cooper Cronk who stood up.
Cronk kicked a 39-metre field goal that would eventually hand Queensland a seventh straight series win.
New South Wales had several opportunities to gain points but poor fifth tackle choices meant Queensland’s defensive line was rarely broken.
They scored first points and led 8-0 in the opening minutes.
It wasn’t long before Darius Boyd caught Jarryd Hayne out of position and took QLD’s first points.
Jonathan Thurston unusually missed the conversion and Queensland trailed 8-4.
Queensland stuck with their game plan and continued to attack the right NSW wing, often coming out with good line breaks and field position.
Their ability to offload the ball from a tackle caught the NSW defence short on several occasions.
A succession of Queensland tries put the home team ahead 16-8 at halftime.
After a head clash just before half-time courageous Ben Creagh returned in the second half with a 20cm cut to his head.
Greg ‘GI’ Inglis didn’t disappoint the Maroon faithful.
He slipped and broke through almost any NSW player that ran at him.
A star studded display from the Morris brothers gave NSW hope.
Locked in at 21-20 Queensland gave away a crucial penalty only minutes before fulltime that gave NSW free ground.
Like so many other times NSW couldn’t hold on and when game two star Robbie Farrah dropped the ball their fate was sealed.
QUEENSLAND 21 (D Boyd, J Thurston, J Hodges tries, Thurston 4 goals, C Cronk field goal d NSW 20 (B Morris, B Stewart, J Morris tries, T Carney 4 goals)