Queensland have survived a fighting comeback from New South Wales to take a 16-12 win in the State of Origin series opener.
The maroons are going for their sixth consecutive series win and for Queensland fans the tryline is in reach.
Amy Schostakowski reports.
There are plenty of happy maroons fans but it’s a blue day for New South Wales supporters.
Queensland dominated the first half of Origin one, with Thurston putting the first try over the line.
In the second half, Newcomer Jerahl Yow Yeh pounced on his debut, scoring to take Queensland to ten nil.
Then the Blues fought back, scoring twice in four minutes to lead 12-10.
But Darren Lockyer wasn’t going down without a fight.
He made a glittering record 34th Origin appearance Setting up the winning try for Billy Slater.
the final siren sounded. But the fight wasn’t finished.
No one was put on report.
This morning, it was back to business at the Broncos’ training ground minus Lockyer and Thaiday.
But Ben Hannant was there, eager to prove he was fit to fight Manly on Friday night.
It was looking unsure if Corey Parker would back up to Captain after last night’s Origin but at this stage he’ll be there to lead the team at tomorrow night’s game.
Coach Anthony Griffin was happy with his boys Origin efforts last night particularly impressed by Yow Yeh.
Anthony Griffin, Brisbane Broncos Coach: “He got an offload last night at the back end of the game which got them into some field positions to score that try. I’ve been really pleased for him.”
Mal Meninga was equally impressed with the Maroons’ form.
Mal Meninga, QLD Origin Coach: “They showed tremendous character and their belief in each other and their abilities came to the floor again towards the back of the game.”
So look out Blues. We’re coming to stitch up the series in Sydney on June 15!
Amy Schostakowski, QUT News.