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QLD Universities thump NSW counterparts
Queensland Universities have taken out the annual Universities clash at Suncorp Stadium thrashing the NSW Universities side 46-6.
The home side had all the running throughout the match and the Blues never looked likely with countless mistakes.
It took just one minute into the second half for Queensland to extend their second after Hooker Nathan Norford took the line on easily crashing over the try line.
Queensland winger Josh Damen was unable to convert the try but Queensland were still well ahead at 28-0.
Norford was able to convert the try taking his side to a handy 34-0 lead five minutes into the second half.
Queensland had all the running through the second half, much like the first, but New South Wales finally got their first points through interchange Moe Alhaje.
Former National Rugby League star Luke Covell was out of retirement and easily slotted the conversion but Queensland still had the 34-6 lead.
Queensland five eighth Connor Toia scored a 50 metre try, easily stepping past NSW fullback Mitchell Henderson to put the game beyond doubt.
Maroons forward Herschel Gideon had a very big game scoring two tries, with his second coming in the dying stages of the match.
Early on, Queensland looked as dangerous as they did in the first half getting out to a 20-0 lead at the break.
It was much of the same as NSW failed to stop any of the big Queensland forwards and speedy outside backs, especially after second rower Jono Miliszewski scored on the siren.
The first try came to centre Tom Murray who picked the ball up from a mistake simply sprinted away to get his side over in the 8th minute.
The Blues would never recover with Queensland being declared the 2014 Universities champions.
Queensland Universities 46 (Herschel Gideon 2, Tom Murray, Zac Koitka, Rhett Webster, Jono Miliszewski, Nathan Norford, Jacob Ling, Connor Toia tries; Josh Damen 2/4, Nathan Norford 3/5 conversions) beat New South Wales Universities 6 (Moe Alhaje try; Luke Covell 1/1 conversion) at Suncorp Stadium.
Live update of the match:
Welcome to Suncorp Stadium for the annual Universities State of Origin clash.
6th minute: After a good start to the match from Queensland, the home side went up through a try to Tom Murray. After NSW spilled the ball from a bomb, Murray simply ran left to touch the ball down left of the post. Queensland 4-0 NSW, KTC.
8th minute:The conversion attempt from winger Josh Damen is wide of the posts but lead QLD 4-0.
12th minute: NSW Knock the ball on 40 from their own line. Queensland will go on the attack now.
13th minute: Good defence from NSW as Queensland are held up one metre from the line. From there NSW receive a penalty but once again lose the ball through prop Cameron Copeland.
15th minute: From the following scrum, Queensland centre Zac Koitka runs away to score his sides second try of the match.
15th minute: The conversion is successfully from hooker Nathan Norford and Queensland lead 10-0.
16th minute: Good set after the try as Queensland clear the ball down to NSW fullback Mitchell Henderson.
19th minute: Queensland have all the running marching with ease down the field. They put extra pressure on NSW after a simple bat back from Murray allowed second rower Rhett Webster to crash over in the corner.
20th minute: Norford misses the conversion and Queensland lead 14-0 over NSW.
24th minute: A good bomb from NSW Five Eighth Tyson Tietie is out down by Queensland winger Josh Damen. Queensland are then let off after a simple mistake from NSW halfback Corey Walpole lets Queensland off the hook.
35th minute: off the back of a penalty, Queensland hand the ball over to NSW 10 metres from their line. NSW on the attack.
28th minute: Queensland are on the back foot after NSW halfback Walpole is taken out in the process of kicking. NSW have the ball just 10 from Queensland's try line at 14-0 down.
30th minute: Off the back of another penalty, Queensland interchange Herschel Gideon easily beats the NSW defenders to the try line. He scores under the posts and winger Josh Damen will line up the conversion.
32nd minute: The kick is successful and Queensland lead 20-0 over NSW
34th minute: Queensland grubber the ball into touch and NSW have one minute and a half to go 70 metres.
35th minute: A knock on from NSW ends the first half and Queensland take a commanding 20-0 lead into the break.
36th: Queensland start the second half strong almost getting down field to score a try but the ball goes dead. NSW will get a 20 metre tap.
40th minute: Queensland are over again after second rower Josh Miliszewski finishes off a solid back line play. Norford misses the sideline conversion but Queensland lead 24-0.
45th minute: It is all too easy for Queensland. After a bit of push and shove from both sides, Queensland received a penalty 20 metres from the line.
46th minute: Nathan Norford easily scoots over from dummy half to score his first try of the match. Josh Damen misses the conversion but QLD now lead 28-0
50th minute: Queensland are making metres easily and after a few penalties Queensland score another try. Halfback Sam Foster held a pass up before delivering it to lock Jacob Ling who almost walked through a hold to score the try under the posts. Norford converts and Queensland lead 34-0.
60th minute: NSW have scored their first try with a burrowing try from Moe Alhaje puts the Blues on the board. Out of retirement former NRL star Luke Covell converts and it is QLD 34-6 NSW.
65th minute: Connor Toia from Queensland busts the NSW line, steps the fullback Mitchell Henderson and sores the try under the posts. Josh Damen converts and Queensland lead 40-6.
70th minute: Herschel Gideon crashes over for his second with a simple burrowing try. Norford converts and the Queensland Uni's side lead 46-6 over NSW.
75th minute: And that is all she wrote as Queensland beat NSW 46-6 at Suncorp Stadium.