Blues outclass Maroons in first Origin clash
New South Wales won the first round of rugby league’s State of Origin in Sydney tonight 14-6, signalling the possible end to the Maroons’ seven-year series winning streak.
Jarryd Hayne spun out from a tackle to score the first try of the night, putting the Blues in the lead within the first five minutes of the game. Maloney’s conversion put the score at 6-0.
A drop ball from NSW opened up an opportunity for Queensland but they weren’t able to break through the Blues’ defence.
The sea of blue supporters packed into Olympic Stadium cheered as time after time the Maroons failed to get to the New South Wales try line in the first half.
The 37th minute found the NSW team leading by a massive 14-0 after a try by Jennings, converted by Maloney who also kicked a penalty.
The 80,000-strong crowd roared when players started to fight, push and shove each just before half time, with NSW captain Paul Gallen put on report for punching Nate Myles. Gallen told referee Ashley Klein Myles had been twisting his knee after tackles.
Queensland skipper Cameron Smith appeared to have scored a try after a dazzling run five minutes into the second half, but the video referee judged it a double movement.
It wasn’t until Darius Boyd scored a try for Queensland around the 60-minute mark that the Maroons got points on the scoreboard. Smith’s kick hit the post but bounced in to give the conversion.
The last few minutes were devastating for the Queensland fans as the clock counted down until the 80th minute and the scoreboard remained 14-6.
NSW 14 (Hayne, Jennings tries, Maloney 2 conversions & 1 penalty) defeated Queensland 6 (Boyd try, Smith conversion).