State of Origin 2014 Game 1 full-time result: QLD 8-12 NSW

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    New South Wales have stunned Queensland 12-8 in Game 1 of the 2014 State of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium to take a 1-0 lead back to Sydney for Game 2.

    It was the 100th game in the storied history of State of Origin, and both sides produced a classic that befit the occasion.

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    >>State of Origin 2014 Game 1 half-time result: QLD 4-10 NSW

    In the opening exchanges it looked as if Queensland would make the perfect start to their bid for a ninth consecutive series win, with Darius Boyd finishing off a neat backline move in the fifth minute.

    But the complexion of the game changed just minutes later when Cooper Cronk was forced from the field with what was confirmed to be a broken arm after the halfback appeared to make contact with Nate Myles attempting to make a tackle.

    Whether it was coincidental or not, the momentum of the contest changed almost instantaneously although it was New South Wales’ dominance through a bulky forward pack that saw them gain the ascendancy.

    They drew level in the 19th minute with some backline brilliance that was started by one of the Blues’ debutant halves, Josh Reynolds.

    Reynolds’ pass released Jarryd Hayne, who drew multiple Maroons defenders off the left-hand edge and put Josh Morris into space to bust down the touchline before swinging the ball back inside into the path of his on-rushing twin brother Brett.

    Morris finished off the try, but Trent Hodkinson would go onto miss the conversion, and the try came at a cost with Brett Morris appearing to dislocate his right shoulder but he would be back on the field from the restart.

    Shortly afterwards New South Wales found themselves inside the Queensland half again and Hodkinson would atone for his miss by slotting a penalty goal from 25 metres out to make it 6-4 after 26 minutes.

    The Blues continued to ask questions of the Maroons’ undersized forward pack and seemed camped in Queensland’s half late in the opening stanza.

    But in the 28th minute their enthusiasm in defence boiled over, with Beau Scott and Reynolds involved in a lifting tackle on Brent Tate.

    Reynolds was placed on report, and afterwards charged with a grade-two dangerous lifting charge that will see him suspended for two weeks unless he fights the charge.

    They extended their lead in the 33rd minute when, after appearing to be enveloped in a tackle by skipper Cameron Smith, Greg Inglis and Johnathan Thurston, Hayne powerfully turned off the ground to plant the ball over.

    Hodkinson missed the conversion, but New South Wales’ 10-4 lead was a reflection of how they had dominated the half after an early setback.

    A second Hodkinson penalty just four minutes after the restart gave New South Wales their biggest lead of the match at 12-4, and it seemed they would extend that lead as they picked up where they left off in the first half.

    Like he had been in the first 40 half, man of the match Hayne was ever-threatening and on 53 minutes he again broke through the Queensland line and was only stopped by Billy Slater who prevented a certain try.

    It was another momentum-changer, and seemed to spur the home side into action.

    Halfback Thurston was again the architect for their second try in the 56th minute, providing a sweeping pass that eventually found his way to Boyd to cross for his second.

    Thurston was, for the second time, unsuccessful from the conversion which left the Maroons trailing by four at 12-8.

    Queensland poured on the pressure in the final 20 minutes, and only a desperate in-goal tackle from Brett Morris in the 73rd minute prevented Boyd for crossing for the third time of the evening.

    It would only continued in the dying stages of the contest, with successive Queensland penalties forcing New South Wales to defend successive sets of six.

    But they were able to hang on, and will head south as considerable favourites to end Queensland’s eight-year dominance and win the series.

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    • May 28th 2014 @ 10:19pm
      Paul B said | May 28th 2014 @ 10:19pm | ! Report

      So this year I elected to put my money where my mouth is rather than make predictions here. $200 on the Blues… thank you very much.

    • May 28th 2014 @ 10:20pm
      turbodewd said | May 28th 2014 @ 10:20pm | ! Report

      I didnt see a Blue have a bad game.

      • May 28th 2014 @ 10:39pm
        Beardan Returns said | May 28th 2014 @ 10:39pm | ! Report

        thats because Mitchell Pearce wasnt playing! 😉

        • May 28th 2014 @ 11:06pm
          Doug Graves said | May 28th 2014 @ 11:06pm | ! Report

          QLD are hoping he “earns” a recall

          • May 29th 2014 @ 1:29am
            Vikki Gibbs said | May 29th 2014 @ 1:29am | ! Report

            Yes they are, but I’m going for QLD ‘if’ they put MP and JM back in the team. How could they after spectacular individual performances from Hodgo and Morris? I ‘AM’ GOING TO BARRACK FOR QLD IF THEY MAKE THAT FATAL MISTAKE!!!!!!!

      • May 28th 2014 @ 10:40pm
        Renegade said | May 28th 2014 @ 10:40pm | ! Report

        I think Merrin will make way for Fifita and one of the starting second rowers will do the same for Bird.

        • May 28th 2014 @ 10:51pm
          Beardan Returns said | May 28th 2014 @ 10:51pm | ! Report

          Fafita is a myth. Doesnt do the dirty stuff well enough. Merrin will stay in the team so they can talk about his Mrs.

        • May 28th 2014 @ 11:01pm
          Mals said | May 28th 2014 @ 11:01pm | ! Report

          Hoffman is washed up!

          • May 28th 2014 @ 11:40pm
            Sideline Comm. said | May 28th 2014 @ 11:40pm | ! Report

            Hoffman direct out for Cordner.

            • May 29th 2014 @ 1:22am
              JB said | May 29th 2014 @ 1:22am | ! Report

              As long as Lewis stays

        • May 29th 2014 @ 10:33am
          eryan said | May 29th 2014 @ 10:33am | ! Report

          Daley was glowing of merrins contribution to the camp in the presser last night – i think he will stay

        • May 29th 2014 @ 11:47am
          Luke M said | May 29th 2014 @ 11:47am | ! Report

          Merrin was the first to take hitups in our own 20 when QLD were smashing us. he earned my respect big time. Bird will come in for Watmough who apparently has torn his bicep. Plus he was rubbish anyway so a blessing in disguise.

    • May 28th 2014 @ 10:23pm
      Eden said | May 28th 2014 @ 10:23pm | ! Report

      Great game! Some take outs

      New South Wales epic defence. Qld epic second half without the reward
      Inglis * Morris = not Inglis
      Nate Myles is a beast, looks like he is ready to play game 2 tonight
      Hayne is so close to being the games best player. Just needs some better decision making
      Hodkinson did the exact same as Mitch Pearce
      Nsw back row was massive, Lewis off the bench
      DCE not the same as Cronk just yet

      The crowd seemed to chant New South Wales more than Queenslander

      • May 28th 2014 @ 10:24pm
        Johnno said | May 28th 2014 @ 10:24pm | ! Report

        Ben Teo and Guerra had a good game.

        • May 28th 2014 @ 10:34pm
          Eden said | May 28th 2014 @ 10:34pm | ! Report

          Agree, most the qld pack did their job and then some, backs lacked the finish, and really only had one play with two options

          Thurston was found out in defence early but was able to handle Hayne after that

          Hayne seemed to take over most kicking duties as well, able to find space despite kicking from inside 30

          Having said all that, nsw could have easily lost about 50 times

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        May 28th 2014 @ 10:27pm
        Jack Smith said | May 28th 2014 @ 10:27pm | ! Report

        Agree – More NSW than QLD chant.

        What a great game. Tough and lasting until the last tackle. What a match.

        Hayne is a beast.

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          May 28th 2014 @ 11:02pm
          djcooper said | May 28th 2014 @ 11:02pm | ! Report

          Was at the game. Congratulations to NSW because their defence was just too good. The QRL should come out tomorrow though and issue an apology to the QLD team for the ticket pricing farce. There were more corporates there than your true QLD fan and it diminished the home ground advantage and left the atmosphere seriously lacking.

          • May 28th 2014 @ 11:43pm
            Sideline Comm. said | May 28th 2014 @ 11:43pm | ! Report

            Probably why they lost right?

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              May 29th 2014 @ 6:57am
              djcooper said | May 29th 2014 @ 6:57am | ! Report

              Oh because I said that didn’t I!?

          • May 29th 2014 @ 1:39am
            Vikki Gibbs said | May 29th 2014 @ 1:39am | ! Report

            I actually agree with that comment. Mal Meninga, whom I just so happen respect very much for his success (I’m a NSW supporter through and through) made the comment that what gives their Team the advantage year after year was this, ‘QLD’ers go to extraordinary lengths to visit towns in the struggling outback communities on Charity Trails, and this stirs up QLD’ers to come to the Game’. Well, Corporate Greed has gotten the better and I believe it did havehad some kind of adverse effect on the morale of the Home Crowd. I thought that because all the QLD Fans I was sitting around, and there were lots of them, were complaining about the ridiculous prices of the Tickets. Greedy greedy and very greedy QLD Corporates, shame on you all!

          • May 29th 2014 @ 9:35am
            Vikki Gibbs said | May 29th 2014 @ 9:35am | ! Report

            And Mal Meninga prides himself on Charity Work in hard pressed outback communities, all the while telling the Media that it’s the reason why QLD’ers are faithful to them and support them so much. I actually do think that tha’s the reason why there wasn’t that much euphoria happening by QLD’ers at Suncorp. I have heard much more from QLD’ers at Sheperds Bush Walkabout London then I did at Suncorp Stadium by QLD’ers last night. It’s not fair those ticket prices, just really Corporate Greed!!!!

      • May 28th 2014 @ 10:27pm
        Tom said | May 28th 2014 @ 10:27pm | ! Report

        Agreed totally on Hayne. His decision to offload after his break basically precipitated the Qld onslaught – one wonders how different the game would be if he just held onto it, and NSW got the kick away on the last.

      • May 29th 2014 @ 1:45am
        Vikki Gibbs said | May 29th 2014 @ 1:45am | ! Report

        Not an epic second half for QLD, they couldn’t get over after repeatedly and time and time again given the opportunities to do so, and given their ‘epic track record of being able to do so the last eight series, game in and game out’. Epic second half to NSW you mean, whom continuously held them back, whom relentlessly defended and defended and defended and hence is why we came out on top on the score board. Credit where credit is due I’m afraid.

      • May 29th 2014 @ 1:45am
        Vikki Gibbs said | May 29th 2014 @ 1:45am | ! Report

        Not an epic second half for QLD, they couldn’t get over after repeatedly and time and time again given the opportunities to do so, and given their ‘epic track record of being able to do so the last eight series, game in and game out’. Epic second half to NSW you mean, whom continuously held them back, whom relentlessly defended and defended and defended and hence is why we came out on top on the score board. Credit where credit is due I’m afraid.

    • May 28th 2014 @ 10:23pm
      Johnno said | May 28th 2014 @ 10:23pm | ! Report

      Mitchell Pearce lol, who needs him. Best thing no Mitchell Pearce in the side. And the Blues win.

      • May 28th 2014 @ 10:40pm
        Beardan Returns said | May 28th 2014 @ 10:40pm | ! Report

        Go easy on the poor bloke. He did play one good match out of his 12.

        • May 28th 2014 @ 11:08pm
          Gappy said | May 28th 2014 @ 11:08pm | ! Report

          When??? I don’t remember that game

          • May 29th 2014 @ 7:54am
            Beardan Returns said | May 29th 2014 @ 7:54am | ! Report

            GAme 2, 2011. I remember it cause i thought it would never happen. Well done to him though 1 from 12 isnt your best strike rate ever.

    • May 28th 2014 @ 10:24pm
      WQ said | May 28th 2014 @ 10:24pm | ! Report

      Dallas, are you there mate.
      Hate to say it, but I told you so!

      • May 29th 2014 @ 10:56am
        maximillian said | May 29th 2014 @ 10:56am | ! Report

        haha!

    • May 28th 2014 @ 10:24pm
      Silver_Sovereign said | May 28th 2014 @ 10:24pm | ! Report

      Blues brought it and QLD didn’t aim up for the whole match. Thurston was absolutely horrible. QLD forwards were poor propswise. Not enough hitups from the big men and Smith didn’t run the ball once. Hodges hardly passed when Tate could have scored. And Inglis, though well marked, needs early ball and didn’t get it.

      • May 28th 2014 @ 10:41pm
        Beardan Returns said | May 28th 2014 @ 10:41pm | ! Report

        Inglis was kept very quiet. Only that big run late in the match was of any note.

        • May 28th 2014 @ 11:11pm
          Gappy said | May 28th 2014 @ 11:11pm | ! Report

          Cause Morris was injured

          • May 28th 2014 @ 11:47pm
            JayBob said | May 28th 2014 @ 11:47pm | ! Report

            Lol yeah Jmoz came off and Inglis makes his strongest run of the game.
            And some people wanted Hayne at Centre. Not only does he not get the ball as much but he has to tackle Inglis all game.
            I like Eden’s equation earlier:
            Jmoz * Inglis = No Inglis
            It has been proven to be valid

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