DOGS DOWNED | Canberra came from the clouds to down Canterbury in the National Capital this afternoo...
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With Test jumpers up for grabs, Gorden Tallis and Shane Webcke led their side brilliantly against a shell-shocked NSW pack.
Following a punishing defensive effort, Queensland outclassed the Blues with three tries in the first forty minutes and at half time, the home side were in control at 16-0.
NSW came back with a try in the second half but were never in the contest with the Queenslanders running away with it late in the match - Matt Sing posting a hat trick of tries.
MAROONS 36 Tries: Sing 3, Tate 2, Smith, Crocker Goals: Hannay 4/7 defeated BLUES 6 Tries: Tahu Goals: Johns 1/1
Wednesday 16 July 2003 8:00 PM Suncorp Stadium Referee: Bill Harrigan
By the clock: 0 min: National Anthem underway... huge crowd... huge atmosphere. Kickoff!
6 min: TRY - QLD. Brent Tate scores after Ben Ikin puts in a cross-field kick. Matt Sing heads it back in the in-goal and Tate is there to score. Follows some aggressive defence form both sides. Wide conversion from Josh Hannay is successful. QLD 6-0
14 min: TRY - QLD. Matt Sing scores out wide following some great team play up the middle - the maroons putting on a 70m movement. Conversion Hannay curls in beautifully. QLD 12-0
15 min: NEWS - Shaun Timmins (NSW) forced from the field with sholuder injury after being injured in a tackle. Jason Ryles (NSW) also forced from the field with injury.
17 min: TRY - QLD. Sing scores a double out wide. NSW penalised for being in front of the kicker from the re-start and QLD scores in the next set. NSW are being ambushed! Conversion Hannay unsuccessful. QLD 16-0
21 min: NEWS - 30m field goal attempt from Ikin (QLD) is unsuccessful.
24 min: NO TRY - NSW launch a counter-attack but Andrew Johns (NSW) unable to cleanly ground the ball.
29 min: NEWS - Jason Ryles (NSW) has nerve damage in the shoulder and will take no further part in the match. Tonie Carroll (QLD) off the field with a hamstring injury but no word yet if he'll back.
36 min: NEWS - Timmins (NSW) comes back on. QLD dominating the match as NSW's handling errors sees them having trouble completing their sets.
HALF TIME: Its all Queensland as the Maroon forwards steam roll the Blues - Qld enjoying 57% of the possession but its the field position that's overwhelming NSW. NSW have had their chances to peg one back but have been let down by poor handling. QLD 16-0
Second half is underway... NEWS - Tonie Carroll (QLD) very unlikely to return. That being the case, both sides are reduced to a 3 man bench (Ryles for NSW is out for the match as well).
47 min: TRY - NSW. Tahu scoes out wide after chasing a Braith Anasta kick. Follows a break up the middle in the previous ruck from Craig Wing who found space on his 30m line. Sideline conversion Andrew Johns is spot on. QLD 16-6
60 min: No change in the score. Sensational end-to-end stuff. NSW charging at the QLD line but lose possession just when they look like they might score. Still QLD 16-6
65 min: TRY - QLD. Tate gets a double after Hegarty starts a backline movement from 30m out - an overlap appears and Tate scores out wide. Sideline conversion from Hannay is a ripper. QLD 22-6
70 min: TRY - QLD. Cameron Smith scores out wide following a break from fellow North Queenslander, Matty Bowen. Conversion from Hannay unsuccessful. QLD 26-6
76 min: TRY - QLD. Matt Sing gets a hat trick as the Maroons carve up NSW. Shaun Berrigan setting up play down the same flank. Wide conversion from Hannay is successful. QLD 32-6
78 min: TRY - QLD. Michael Crocker scores down the same right hand flank as NSW capitulate. Conversion Hannay unsuccessful. QLD 36-6
FULL TIME: Big win for Queensland who have taken some of the gloss off NSW's series win.
NSW win the series 2-1 but tonight belongs to Qld.