State of Origin II by the clock

Highlights from State of Origin II between NSW and Queensland at the MCG on Wednesday night.

4th minute: NSW score before Queensland have even touched the ball. Pressure builds after two penalties and Michael Jennings benefits, darting past Will Chambers and Daly Cherry-Evans. Trent Hodkinson converts. QLD 0 NSW 6

11th: Prop Matt Scott barges over for the equaliser after slick passes from Cameron Smith and Corey Parker. Johnathan Thurston converts. QLD 6 NSW 6

18th: First interchange of the night and Paul Gallen comes off. The Blues skipper rushes into the rooms with a suspected rib injury

22nd: First fracas of the night. Every player on the field comes in as things threaten to get ugly after Billy Slater and James Tamou square up

26th: Josh Morris plucks a high kick from Mitchell Pearce and thinks he’s grounded it. Video referee takes his time, but eventually agrees. Hodkinson converts QLD 6 NSW 12

27th: Ryan Hoffman taken off for a concussion test

30th: Gallen returns. Minor scuffle after some excellent NSW defending prevents Queensland from crossing in the corner

33rd: Brilliant passing from Slater, Darius Boyd and Greg Inglis in a 60m play and it ends with Inglis powering home for his 16th Origin try. Thurston unable to convert QLD 10 NSW 12

*39th: Quick discussion among Blues players after Queensland are penalised near the posts. NSW opt to bank the points and Hodkinson makes no mistake. QLD 10 NSW 14

HALFTIME: QLD 10 NSW 14

43rd: Magnificent kick-chase and tackle by Thurston, dragging NSW fullback Josh Dugan over the line for a drop-out

47th: Maroons’ relentless pressure followed by fancy footwork from Matt Gillett, who swats away Robbie Farah and scores a try. Thurston converts and his side lead for the first time QLD 16 NSW 14

57th: Blues prop Aaron Woods loses the ball after being terrorised by Nate Myles. Moments later NSW judged offside and Maroons take the two points. Thurston slots the penalty goal. QLD 18 NSW 14

62nd: Woods quickly makes amends, bowling over opposite number Scott then brushing past Slater to score. Hodkinson converts to reclaim the lead QLD 18 NSW 20

65th: Pass from Gallen to Pearce is ruled forward as NSW try goes begging.

67th: Inglis takes off and seemingly scores a 90m showstopper. Video referee says no-try, ruling Scott knocked-on when the ball came loose

70th: Dugan runs a great line and is rewarded with the final try of the contest. He storms over and Hodkinson converts QLD 18 NSW 26

73rd: Play is stopped, with Thurston slow to get up after being nailed by Boyd Cordner. No penalty

75th: Things get heated again. Farah shoves the head of Thurston when the ball is dead

80th: Josh Morris slings Thurston over the touch line and that’s that. NSW celebrate levelling the series

FULLTIME: NSW 26 def QLD 18

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