The NSW forwards controlled the match from the outset with captain and halfback Andrew Johns playing a dominant role in his man of the match performance.
Half time score: NSW 21 - QLD 4
NSW 32 (Gidley, Lyon, Johns, Tahu, Hodgson tries. Johns 4/5, Hodgson 1/1 goals. Johns, Barrett field goal.) QLD 4(Tuqiri try, Schifcofske 0/1 goals)