State of Origin 2012 Game 2: NSW vs QLD live scores, blog

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    New Sth Wales Vs. Queensland

    2012 NRL State of Origin, 13 June, 2012

    ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
    New Sth Wales 16 defeated Queensland 12
    New Sth Wales Queensland
    16 FINAL SCORE 12
    3 TRIES 2
    1/1 PENALTY GOALS 0/0
    0/0 FIELD GOAL 0/0
    Top scorers:
    • New Sth Wales - Brett Stewart 8pts (2T 0G)
    • Queensland - Jonathan Thurston 4pts (0T 2G)
    Referee: T Archer
    Touch judges: D Abood & R Turner

    The New South Wales Blues host the Queensland Maroons in Game 2 of the 2012 State of Origin series, with 84,000 Blues fans hoping for a win to keep the series alive. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm AEST.

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    Despite dominating play in game one, New South Wales once again failed to beat the Maroons in Melbourne and are now staring down the barrel of a seventh straight series defeat.

    The Blues however are back home in Sydney and will fancy their chances of levelling the series playing on what should be a wet and slippery ANZ Stadium surface.

    In last season’s Game 2, New South Wales managed to upstage Queensland at home, beating the Maroons 18-8 in wet conditions.

    With New South Wale’s forwards dominating their Queensland counterparts in Game 1, expect the Blues to keep things simple up the middle tonight as they aim to control proceedings in the middle of the park.

    Forwards Paul Gallen and James Tamou were strong for New South Wales in Game 1 and will need to stand tall again if they are to provide halves Mitchell Pearce and Todd Carney with the room to deploy their long kicking games and attempt to run through the Maroons defence.

    Carney and Pearce failed to assert their authority in Melbourne and will be looking to vastly improve their performances tonight by nailing the basics against Queensland. Expect both players to kick early in the tackle count in a bid to pin the Maroons deep in their own half.

    With the ball in hand, Carney and Pearce should look to play a lot of inside balls tonight, particularly when mobile forwards such as Anthony Watmough and Glenn Stewart are running back inside.

    If Carney and Pearce can play the percentages well, New South Wales will put themselves in a prime position to win the territorial arm wrestle tonight.

    Queensland meanwhile will also look to keep things simple early on, but they may struggle to win the forward battle without the inspirational Sam Thaiday.

    Despite being named, Thaiday has withdrawn from the Queensland Origin squad due to injury and has been replaced by Broncos team-mate Corey Parker.

    Although Parker is a worthy replacement, Thaiday’s passion and work ethic will be missed by Queensland tonight.

    With workaholic players such as Nate Myles, Ashley Harrison and Cameron Smith in the side however, Queensland do possess the forwards necessary to fill Thaiday’s void in both defence and attack.

    If Queensland does manage to get the better of territory tonight, it is no secret that the devastating quartest of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Johnathon Thurston will dominate proceedings tonight.

    In the few opportunities they had to shine in game one, the preceding players all managed to wreck havoc with their running and passing games and will do so again, regardless of the conditions.

    If New South Wales can execute well and keep things simple with yardage up the middle, and space for the backline to shine for the full eighty minutes, it should be enough to grind the Maroons down in a tight contest. Their intensity must last – else Queensland will make them pay, yet again. The Blues home crowd should help them.

    New South Wales by 6

    Queensland's Darius Boyd (left) makes a break against New South Wales during game 2 of the State of Origin Rugby League series in Sydney on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. AAP Image/Paul Miller

    Queensland's Cooper Cronk (left) makes a break against New South Wales during game 2 of the State of Origin Rugby League series in Sydney on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. AAP Image/Paul Miller

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    Queensland's Brent Tate (centre) is tackled by Greg Bird (left), Mitchell Pearce and Robbie Farrah (right) of New South Wales during game 2 of the State of Origin Rugby League series in Sydney on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. (AAP Image/Paul Miller

    Queensland's Brent Tate (centre) is tackled by Greg Bird (left), Mitchell Pearce and Robbie Farrah (right) of New South Wales during game 2 of the State of Origin Rugby League series in Sydney on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. (AAP Image/Paul Miller

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    • 9:18am
      Sarah said | 9:18am | ! Report

      Can anyone tell me who Ben Hannant (16) interchanged with to get onto the field before his try last night?

      • 10:14am
        Charissa said | 10:14am | ! Report

        Are you doing footy doubles too? I believe it was either Petro number 10 or Scott number 8?? Still dont know either!!

        • 10:53am
          Sarah said | 10:53am | ! Report

          The winners for the doubles tickets were
          NSW 1
          Qld 8

          I rang around a few people I know and they told me it was 8

    • 10:43pm
      jamesb said | 10:43pm | ! Report

      i thought Luke Lewis off the bench deserved Man of the match. Good win by NSW


    • Roar Guru

      Rellum said | 10:35pm | ! Report

      Far to much dropped ball from the boys. That is what really cost us.

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 10:31pm | ! Report

      MAN OF THE MATCH – Greg Bird. He played well but he is certainly a favourite among the channel nine boys. I think that’s his fourth MOM award at Origin level. Crowd by the way was just over 83,000.

      Thanks for joining us for this live blog and we look forward to your company for Origin three on The Roar in three weeks time. In the meantime, make sure to join us yet again as the NRL competition resumes this week.


      NSW 16
      QLD 12

      • 10:33pm
        Shungmao said | 10:33pm | ! Report

        Wow didn’t see that coming, oh well good effort Greg .

      • 10:36pm
        Nathan of Perth said | 10:36pm | ! Report

        Set up nicely for Queensland to win again in game 3? 😀

      • 11:09pm
        dishes said | 11:09pm | ! Report

        Bird was all over everything. He was my man of the match as well.

      • 12:32am
        Madman said | 12:32am | ! Report

        Man of the match is not determined by the channel nine boys. It is determined by the selectors from NSW and QLD.
        Farah all the way in my book. 64 tackles. WOW !!!

        • 1:05pm
          kelsie said | 1:05pm | ! Report

          i agree, up FARAH !!!!

    • 10:30pm
      Roarsome said | 10:30pm | ! Report

      Bird MOM. A Channel 9 favorite. Seriously, how was it not Farrah? And I’m a QLDer. How about the QLD injuries? A loss by 4 points isn’t that bad.

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      • 10:34pm
        Morfs said | 10:34pm | ! Report

        Agreed. I would have thought Farrah was a good bet for MoTM, or Smith if it went to a QLDer. Ah well…

      • 10:48pm
        Danno1 said | 10:48pm | ! Report

        Correct, I thought Farah as well, and I don’t usually like him as a player but he was fantastic.

        But how many Cameron Smith’s play for the Maroons and Storm?

        There’s the dirty face rubbing CS, the brilliant defensive CS he takes ’em high or low depending on circumstance, the great kicking CS, the innocent choir boy captain CS “yes sir but surely they are more offensive than us sir” the great running CS and the great passing CS, the great leader CS and surely one of the best competitors of all time.

        As a devout Blue it used to pain me to say Steve walters was the best hooker I’d ever seen, but CS leaves ’em all for dead. An all-time great player without a doubt.

    • 10:30pm
      Annoyomous qld supporter said | 10:30pm | ! Report

      You see… Nsw is so ferocious since they only won a title in 2005 last. They just smash qld until they cannot stand up any longer and they win. If it was to the “bin” on first offence, qld will always win! :). P.s. reply to me if you think so too.

      • 10:35pm
        Anzel J said | 10:35pm | ! Report

        I agree!

      • 6:57am
        Supporter said | 6:57am | ! Report

        I agree, NSW tactics are to bash up the Qld team until they’re limping. If it was clean football NSW would never win.

        • 3:31pm
          Dave said | 3:31pm | ! Report

          Yeah not like Cameron “Elbow” Smith, no wonder his elbow is giving him problems, it’s all the face bashing he does with it

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 10:28pm | ! Report

      I have my doubts about Uate on the wing… he was very suspect under the high ball, so much so that he failed to challenge for the two kicks which led to QLD tries…

    • 10:25pm
      Jamal said | 10:25pm | ! Report

      Oh dear, here come the little girls from QLD having a whinge! LOL

      Face it, NSW were the dominant team and probably should have wrapped up the series tonight.

      Oh well – we’ll do it in 3 weeks time

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 10:23pm | ! Report

      Thanks for following zacbrygel

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 10:23pm | ! Report

      Man of the match yet to be announced Morfs… will let you know soon.

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