New South Wales has broken the early deadlock in State of Origin Game 1 after a grinding opening 20 minutes with fullback James Tedesco crossing the white line to at the MCG.
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Having survived an early onslaught inside their own half, the Blues began to find their feet, threatening the Queensland defence out wide as the highly-touted backline started to go to work.
Four minutes after opening the scoring with a penalty goal in the 18th minute to James Maloney right in front, New South Wales again found themselves on the front foot just over halfway through hooker Damien Cook.
Darting out of dummy half, Cook was able to sneak his head through the line before offloading to the supporting James Maloney flying through on the left-hand side.
From there, it was a simple draw and pass across the final defender to send Tedesco into open air with nothing but the tryline in front of him and 30 metres to go.
Diving over a few yards left of the posts, Maloney was able to add the extras to give the Blues an 8-0 lead after 22 minutes