State of Origin I by the clock

HIGHLIGHTS FROM STATE OF ORIGIN I

6th minute: After being starved of the ball in the first few minutes, the Blues receive a piggyback downfield via a penalty however Josh Morris knocks it on from the tap

15th: For most of the opening exchanges, the Queenslanders had the Blues pinned on their own line but surprisingly elected to take the two points via Johnathan Thurston when James Tamou was penalised on his own goal-line. NSW 0 QLD 2

17th: Debutant Blues fullback Matt Moylan comes up with a clanger when he lets the ball bounce and is trapped in-goal. However the Maroons can’t make them pay when they knock it on

25th: On the back of three repeat sets, the Blues finally crack the Queensland line with James Maloney putting his former Sydney Roosters teammate Boyd Cordner over. NSW 4 QLD 2

36th: NSW appear to have the ascendancy but Queensland run it on the last and find space for Dane Gagai to score on the right edge in the shadows of halftime. NSW 4 QLD 6

HALFTIME: NSW 4 QLD 6

41st: Matt Moylan makes a meal of a Cooper Cronk bomb however the Blues avoid a bullet when Dane Gagai is taken into touch just centimetres from scoring

49th: Michael Morgan is taken off with a concussion after Dave Klemmer runs over the top of him in a tackle. The Maroons are reduced to 16 men when he fails to return

62nd: Queensland are hammering the Blues’ line and have three sets of six in attack however Sam Thaiday drops it to rob them of a prime attacking opportunity

66th: Josh Morris goes close to the line and on-field referee Ben Cummins send it up to the bunker as a try. However, it is overturned by the video refs after they rule the Blues centre did not touch the line

67th: Justin O’Neill is ruled to have knocked on from a Blues’ bomb however the decision is reversed by the bunker, relieving the pressure valve on the Maroons

78th: In their final attacking opportunity, Dylan Walker – who has been on for just five minutes – knocks it on in the play-the-ball while trying to milk a penalty and Queensland wrap up a dour win

FULLTIME: NSW 4 QLD 6

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