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The Queensland Maroons have come from behind to defeat the New South Wales Blues by 25-18 in front of a record crowd of 52,498 in Game I of the 2007 State of Origin Series at Suncorp Stadium.
Trailing 18-6 at halftime, Queensland dug deep to continue their imposing home ground record and take a 1-nil lead in the series. They now lead the all-time standings by 1 victory and 1 point.
Moving onto the game itself, and all the pre-match hype centred around NSW halfback Jarrod Mullen, but it was another man with the same name that will steal all the headlines in tomorrow's newspapers and around the water coolers.
Winger Jarryd Hayne had a bitter sweet night on debut, scoring an unbelievable try just before halftime but gifting QLD captain Darren Lockyer one under the posts in the 61st minute.
With memories of Justin Hodges on debut, Hayne and effectively lost the game for NSW after flicking the ball back inside in search of fullback Anthony Minichiello only for it to fall in the lap of the Queensland captain who couldn