Blues go one up in Origin Series with tough win over Maroons
The New South Wales Blues have struck the first blow in the 2013 origin series with a 14-6 win over the Queensland Maroons in front of a crowd of 80,380 fans at ANZ Stadium.
The opening 40 minutes was all NSW with early momentum which meant they were able to make easy metres up the field and after just four minutes NSW managed to score through Parramatta Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne who showed great strength to manage to spin his way around through a combined Greg Inglis and Billy Slater tackle to slam the ball down.
Penalties helped NSW in the opening 20 minutes with James Maloney taking the penalty goal attempts on two of these shots although was only able to convert one of these after 18 minutes.
Penalties again managed to change momentum with three straight penalties going straight to QLD and helping them downfield as well some poor mistakes deep in their own half gave Queensland the opportunity to score points but through strong scrambling defence New South Wales managed to keep Queensland scoreless.
Just four minutes before halftime NSW were able to score through Michael Jennings which was converted by James Maloney to take the lead out to 14-0 to which was the half time score.
Inside the final minute the game saw its usual piece of biff with Cronulla Sharks fans having a nervous wait with their Captain Paul Gallen placed on report for a swinging arm on Nate Myles as well the possibility of further problems after collecting Nate Myles with a punch flush on the cheek.
The second half became a real arm wrestle with both sides making metres up the field and NSW again looked more likely in the opening quarter in the second half although NSW were unable to capitalise on these chances with plenty of drop ball through play.
Queensland looked like they could’ve had their first points in the 52nd minute when Cameron Smith rolled over the line although referee Shayne Hayne sent it up to video referees Steve Clark and Henry Perenara who agreed with the onfield No Try call from Shayne Hayne ruling that Cameron Smith made a second effort in putting the ball down meaning he was penalised for a double movement.
As the game hit the final 20 minutes the Maroons seemed to wake up and started to look a lot more organised in their play and they scored in the 62nd minute through Darius Boyd out wide.
After the QLD try the momentum changed completely and the Maroons were the team looking most dangerous with possession inside the New South Wales half although the Blues defence was able to repel anything that the Maroons were able to put to the Blues.
Neither side would have major injury concerns at the current stage although at several points through the game Corey Parker and Jonathan Thurston looked to be considerable pain and could be in doubt for their respective clubs on the weekend.
New South Wales Blues 14 Queensland Maroons 6
Venue: Stadium Australia
Halftime Score: New South Wales Blues 14-0
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Luke Lewis
2 points - Jarryd Hayne
1 point - James Maloney
NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES (14)
Tries: Jarryd Hayne, Michael Jennings
Field Goals: Jarryd Hayne (0/1)
Conversions: James Maloney (2/2)
Penalty Goals: James Maloney (1/2)
QUEENSLAND MAROONS (6)
Tries: Darius Boyd
Conversions: Cameron Smith (1/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Blues: 1. Jarryd Hayne (Eels) 2. Brett Morris (Dragons) 3. Michael Jennings (Roosters) 4. Josh Morris (Bulldogs) 5. Blake Ferguson (Raiders) 6. James Maloney (Roosters) 7. Mitchell Pearce (Roosters) 8. Paul Gallen (Sharks) 9. Robbie Farah (Tigers) 10. James Tamou (Cowboys) 11. Ryan Hoffman (Storm) 12. Luke Lewis (Sharks) 13. Greg Bird (Titans)
Interchange: 14. Andrew Fifita (Sharks) 15. Trent Merrin (Dragons) 16. Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles) 17. Josh Reynolds (Bulldogs)
Maroons: 1. Billy Slater (Storm) 2. Darius Boyd (Knights) 3. Greg Inglis (Rabbitohs) 4. Justin Hodges (Broncos) 5. Brent Tate (Cowboys) 6. Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys) 7. Cooper Cronk (Storm) 8. Matthew Scott (Cowboys) 9. Cameron Smith (Storm) 10. David Shillington (Raiders) 11. Nate Myles (Titans) 12. Sam Thaiday (Broncos) 13. Ashley Harrison (Titans)
Interchange: 14. Corey Parker (Broncos) 15. Matt Gillett (Broncos) 16. Ben Te'o (Rabbitohs) 17. Chris McQueen (Rabbitohs) 18. Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles) 19. Josh Papalii (Raiders)
Around an hour before the kickoff at ANZ Stadium tonight, good start for the Blues with the under 16's scoring a comfortable 30-0 win over QLD, could the win be a good omen for NSW?
Some early tactics announced from NSW Coach Laurie Daley, Andrew Fifita to be the first change for NSW coming on the field after 18 minutes or so
Some Pre-Game entertainment currently in progress at ANZ Stadium, Timomatic currently performing
Teams about to take the field, kick off likely to be in around 6 to 7 minutes by the time teams take the field and the national anthem is performed
Sides on the field now, just awaiting the performance of the National Anthem which will be performed by Erin Mortimer (daughter of Steve Mortimer)
Sides getting in position, NSW to have first possession of the ball
1 min: ORIGIN IS GO! Shayne Hayne calls time on and the first hit up is with Paul Gallen
1 min: NSW complete their first set and QLD will start their first set on their own goalline
2 min: Both sides complete their first sets cleanly, Brett Morris fields the QLD kick on his own 20m and NSW make good metres in the set
3 min: UNFORCED ERROR QUEENSLAND MAROONS
Brent Tate makes an unforced error.
Brent Tate ruled to have knocked on a bomb, QLD not happy with the call from referee Shayne Hayne, NSW Scrum 10m out from QLD line
4 min: TRY NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES
Scored by Jarryd Hayne. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
OPENING POINTS OF ORIGIN 1 to Jarryd Hayne, a beautiful set move by NSW ending with a piece of strength by Hayne to spin out of a Billy Slater/Greg Inglis tackle, Origin debutant Maloney puts the goal through the middle
New South Wales Blues 6-0
7 min: NSW complete an excellent set forcing their way over halfway and making the Queenslanders have to work it out from deep in their own half
9 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES
Blake Ferguson makes an unforced error.
Blake Ferguson makes an error on the first tackle after managing to cross halfway from a shallow QLD kick
10 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES
James Tamou makes an unforced error.
James Tamou coughs up possession 15m out from his own line, creating pressure on the NSW defence
12 min: Jarryd Hayne outjumps Billy Slater and averts pressure for NSW, and on the set NSW get out to the QLD 40m
14 min: QLD look to be targeting Blake Ferguson early on here in Origin 1, Ferguson has been up to the challenge early barring the slight blemish
15 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES
Ryan Hoffman makes an unforced error.
Ryan Hoffman drops the ball after NSW get six again, QLD work it out from their own 10m
16 min: PENALTY - Opening Penalty of the game goes to NSW, Darius Boyd penalised for putting his hand on the ball, NSW get possession from the tap 40m out from QLD's line
17 min: PENALTY NSW - Cameron Smith is the man penalised, Referee Ashley Klein ruling Smith stripped the ball, NSW taking the penalty shot
18 min: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES
Penalty goal attempt by James Maloney successful.
James Maloney kicks the penalty goal, pushes the early lead beyond a converted try
New South Wales Blues 8-0
19 min: NSW making good ground on the seat with Maloney getting to within 5m from the QLD line
20 min: PENALTY NSW - Early penalty count well in favour for NSW 3-0, Cooper Cronk penalised for being too slow getting off James Maloney, NSW taking the penalty shot again
20 min: UNSUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES
Penalty goal attempt by James Maloney unsuccessful.
James Maloney pushes the kick to the left of the post, QLD to take the 20m dropout
New South Wales Blues 8-0
23 min: Luke Lewis almost gets the ball back into the ingoal after kicking the ball after dropping it on his knee, QLD come away with a 20m restart
24 min: PENALTY QLD - Robbie Farah is the man penalised for taking Billy Slater out on the kick-chase, QLD take the tap
24 min: UNFORCED ERROR QUEENSLAND MAROONS
Nate Myles makes an unforced error.
Queensland make an error close to the NSW line and Andrew Fifita takes the ball & NSW get to the 40m line on tackle 4
26 min: PENALTY QLD - Ryan Hoffman penalised for being offside on the kick, not happy with the call but replays so call is 100% correct
27 min: NSW looking the better side early in the match, Cooper Cronk puts a midset kick in and cleaned up by Luke Lewis and gets to his own 30m
29 min: PENALTY QLD - NSW penalised for being too enthusiastic with their line speed, trying to keep QLD deep in their own half
29 min: Jonathan Thurston puts an ominous looking kick but NSW saved by an awkward bounce for Darius Boyd
30 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES
Luke Lewis makes an unforced error.
Luke Lewis drops the ball from an awful bouncing pass deep inside their own half, could this be an open invitation for QLD to score?
32 min: QLD create an easy overlap but some strong scrambling cover defence from NSW forces Darius Boyd over the sideline
34 min: Jarryd Hayne takes a QLD bomb under no pressure, QLD showing nothing of their strength and organisation they have become so well known for
35 min: NSW get six again after the kick was charged down by a QLD player, NSW up to the QLD 20m line on tackle 3
36 min: VIDEO REFEREE - Checking a possible Michael Jennings try, checking whether there is a knock on by NSW after the kick was charged down again by QLD, Referee Shayne Hayne has said TRY
36 min: TRY NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES
Scored by Michael Jennings. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Michael Jennings gets the green lights for the try, James Maloney with no problems converting
New South Wales Blues 14-0
39 min: The regular origin biff is on, something inside the tackle has triggered it
40 min: Replays showing that Paul Gallen has hit Nate Myles with a swinging arm then after some verbal Paul Gallen throws the first punch and is on report for the tackle
40 min: HALF TIME in ORIGIN I - NSW lead QLD by 14-0, QLD look lacking in the opening 40 minutes though could the biff just before the break spark life into the QLD side?
40 min: Second half play underway with Ashley Klein calling time on, Nate Myles has the first hit up for QLD
41 min: Queensland get up to the NSW 40m line on their first set and again QLD test Blake Ferguson under the high ball and again is up to the challenge
43 min: Jarryd Hayne showing some great energy to clean up the Cameron Smith goal line and get his way back out to the 20m line
44 min: Both sides completing their opening 2 sets of the half, each side managing to force the opposition to start the new set inside the opposition 20nm zone
45 min: NSW making good metres in the set and a good chip and an awkward bounce for Billy Slater means that NSW will get another set, dropout goes 45m
45 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES
Paul Gallen makes an unforced error.
Paul Gallen drops the ball under some strong defensive pressure
47 min: QLD get six again about 40m out form NSW line though, Jonathan Thurston was in back play in pain
48 min: VIDEO REFEREE - Checking a possible Cameron Smith Try - checking a possible double movement for - Referee Shayne Hayne says NO TRY
48 min: PENALTY NSW - Cameron Smith gets the red lights from the Video Referees for a double movement
49 min: NSW get six more tackles after a pass was touched by a QLD defender, tackle count restarts on halfway
50 min: PENALTY NSW - QLD penalised for being inside the 10m, Sam Thaiday not happy with the call from referee Ashley Klein but Klein explaining that Cam Smith went early, NSW take the kick for touch
50 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES
Luke Lewis makes an unforced error.
Luke Lewis drops the ball under some strong defence from three QLD players
53 min: NSW making easy metres through the centre of the field, get up to 30m and then put a kick on the last that finds touch just 2m short of the QLD goal line
54 min: Cooper Cronk puts a kick in that only just goes dead but gives NSW a free passage to the 20m
55 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES
Michael Jennings makes an unforced error.
Michael Jennings can't take an offload on the QLD 30m line
56 min: QLD gets six more tackles after a kick was ruled to have been played at by NSW
57 min: David Shillington gets into the NSW ingoal but is held up on the fifth
58 min: PENALTY NSW - A poor finish to the set by QLD is compounded with Greg Inglis penalised for holding on to the legs of Blake Ferguson, NSW start the set 5metres short of halfway
59 min: NSW making easy metres through the centre, though cough up possession with a forward pass ruled about 15m out directly infront of the QLD posts
62 min: TRY QUEENSLAND MAROONS
Scored by Darius Boyd. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.
QLD punish NSW for the poor play up the end of the field and cross out wide for the try, Cameron Smith to take the attempt for goal and is successful after hitting the post and just getting over the crossbar
New South Wales Blues 14-6
64 min: Momentum looks to be starting to go to QLD, first time they have really looked to outmuscle the NSW side tonight
66 min: Queensland making some easy metres up the field, and having a real momentum surge with defence looking its most aggressive
66 min: PENALTY QLD - Andrew Fifita penalised for having a second effort on Billy Slater, QLD get a piggyback up the field
67 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES
Michael Jennings makes an unforced error.
Michael Jennings can't take the ball from the bomb and QLD will get the scrum 10m out from the NSW line
69 min: Brett Morris saves the day for NSW and takes the ball ingoal and gets the free passage to the 20m
70 min: Inside the final 10 minutes, NSW hold an 8 point lead though most of the momentum is with QLD at the moment
70 min: PENALTY NSW - Greg Inglis penalised for pulling Jarryd Hayne back to the ground while trying to play the ball, NSW get the kick for touch to their own 30m
72 min: Mitchell Pearce puts the ball to the air, looked like he was hit hard by Cameron Smith, no penalty or enquiry from the referee about it
73 min: QLD get some luck with Justin Hodges batting the ball back into the field while his foot was on the sideline
75 min: UNFORCED ERROR QUEENSLAND MAROONS
Ashley Harrison makes an unforced error.
Ashley Harrison makes an error just short of halfway, inside the final 5 minutes
76 min: VIDEO REFEREE - Referee Shayne Hayne is looking for how to restart the game, NO TRY, 20m restart the ruling with 4:25 left
76 min: Billy Slater makes a break through the field and Jarryd Hayne with a trysaver
77 min: UNFORCED ERROR QUEENSLAND MAROONS
Sam Thaiday makes an unforced error.
Sam Thaiday drops the ball in a strong one-on-one tackle from Greg Bird
78 min: Inside the final 90 seconds, NSW still hold an 8 point lead, they have possession on halfway
79 min: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES
Field goal attempt by Jarryd Hayne unsuccessful.
Jarryd Hayne takes the FG shot and misses wide and short but stays just inside the deadball line by a cm
New South Wales Blues 14-6
80 min: FULL TIME at ANZ Stadium, NSW take a 1-0 win in the State Of Origin with a 14-6 win over QLD, in a hard fought match that saw just the QLD converted try scored in the second half