State of Origin 2012 Game 2: Key moments
These are the key moments of State of Origin 2012 Game 2, won by NSW Blues 16-12 in a real nail-biter at ANZ Stadium.
The first half of the second game of State of Origin saw
Kickoff by QLD – Paul Gallen took the first hit up for the NSW Blues, smashing Petero Civoniceva in the hit-up
2′ – Cooper Cronk makes an early break, going straight-through! He grubbers through and NSW clean up right on their own line. NSW get away with one early. Early luck. New South Wales 0 Queensland 0
12′ – TRY QLD? Queensland kicks long on the last and NSW fullback Brett Stewart attempts to pick it up but fumbles under pressure from Brent Tate and the Queensland chasers! The ball falls loose with a number of Queenslanders slipping trying to ground it and incredibly, Dave Taylor somehow tries and fails to ground the ball (much to the disgust of Greg Inglis) and it’s a line drop-out to NSW. Another get-out-of-gaol for the Blues. No try. NSW 0 QLD 0
22′ – Injuries coming into the game early with players on both side in trouble. Brent Tate had cause for concern for Queensland but is back in play, while Paul Gallen could be injured. Billy Slater also is ginger on his left ankle, and Justin Hodges is nursing an eye injury. Many players already less than 100%. Could this be a war of attrition? NSW 0 QLD 0
26′ – TRY NSW! A NSW backline movement to the right through a run-around play has Brett Stewart hitting the line hard and he’s over the line! The video referee is called for but NSW are sure of this one and it only takes one look: TRY! The conversion by Carney is missed and it’s NSW 4 – QLD 0 – Listen to B. Stewart’s try here.
39′ – TRY QLD – A high bomb from Cooper Cronk is let bounce by Akuila Uate, and the Maroons pounce on the loose ball to put prop Ben Hannant over the line to score under the posts! Firmly against the run of play – the video ref is checking but all onside and no mistakes – Queensland go ahead at the break! NSW 4 – QLD 6 – Listen to Hannant’s try here.
Halftime – New South Wales 4 – Queensland 6. Listen to the halftime highlights.
43′ – KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: PENALTY & SIN-BIN! Todd Carney has run through on a grubber but he is held-back by Cooper Cronk before he gets the ball. Cronk is sent for ten minutes for a professional foul and some would argue it could have been a penalty try. The referee says they must have had no doubt Carney would have scored but Billy Slater provided some coverage to prevent that. NSW take the two points and it’s locked up with Queensland down to 12-men. NSW 6 – QLD 6.
44′ – TRY NSW! From the restart, Carney makes a break through a stretched Queensland defence and is through! He finds a flying Brett Stewart who races away and it’s a try under the posts! Carney converts and New South Wales open up their biggest lead. NSW 12 – QLD 6 – Listen to B. Stewart’s second try here.
46′ – TRY NSW! Jarryd Hayne brings the ball up and the ball is raked by Queensland, but he toes it ahead before the ball bounces and Josh Morris sprints onto the ball and outpaces the Queensland chasers. Carney misses the conversion. NSW 16 – QLD 6. Listen to Morris’ try here.
61′ – TRY QLD! The bomb goes up and a bat-down from QLD falls to Greg Inglis who plants it in the corner as easy as you like. Thurston bends it around the posts for a successful conversion and the Maroons are within 4. NSW 16 – QLD 12 – Listen to Inglis’ try here.
70′ – TRY SAVED! Brent Tate took the ball over the NSW line from a bomb and looked set to score but a last ditch effort from Michael Jennings bats the ball out of his hands and a certain try saved. NSW get away with another one and Queensland are coming home strong. NSW 16 – QLD 12.
79′ – Try? No! – Uate plays at the ball which bounces off him and while he puts it over the line, it’s no try. NSW 16 – QLD 12.
The final seconds of the game are crowd-fuelled mayhem – every tackle is cheered by the raucous home crowd. However, finally time ticks out and it will go to a decider! State of Origin 2012 will be decided in Queensland on July 4th.
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Relive all the action here in our State of Origin 2012 Game 2 Live blog and commentary.