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Queensland have sealed a record fifth straight origin series 34-6 thrashing of New South Wales at Suncorp in front of 52,452 fans.
Queensland were on top from the get go with the kick-off trapping New South Wales deep in their own half and they built on this in the fifth minute when Greg Inglis took three defenders over with him to score. They continued on in the 14th minute with Israel Falou making use of the defenders coming up and diving over for Queensland's second.
The game got a bit restless after that with some small fights happening with the biggest happening after Luke O'Donnell spear tackled Darius Boyd and was lucky to stay on the field. Queensland failed once with a forward pass ruling on Billy Slater but they couldn't stop them the second time with Thurston more desperate for the ball and offloading to Darius Boyd to make it 16-0 at the break.
It didn't stop after the break with Queensland just piling on the points with Willie Tonga grabbing the first after the break followed by Darren Lockyer throwing a great pass to Israel Falou to pick up his second. Cooper Cronk scooted over from dummy-half to make the scoreline an intimidating 34-0 still with 15 minutes to go.
The game degenerated from there with New South Wales beaten and bruised, Queensland trying some skillful plays which didn't come off but New South Wales got some consolation right on the 80th minute when Mitchell Pearce laid on a nice inside ball for Brett White to prevent New South Wales from the duck egg.
Darren Lockyer was the star in possibly his last origin series and everyone played well for Queensland while New South Wales have to look for something for game three.
Queensland 34 defeated New South Wales 6
State of Origin - State of Origin Game 2 2010 - Wednesday June 16, 2010 8:00pm
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Referee: Tony Archer and Shayne Hayne
Video Referee: Tim Mander and Bill Harrigan
Touch Judges: Paul Holland and David Abood
Halftime: Queensland 16 New South Wales 0
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Darren Lockyer
2 Points - Israel Folau (2 Tries)
1 Point - David Shillington
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Welcome to a packed Suncorp Stadium, where history may be made, Queensland are chasing their fifth straight series victory and New South Wales are trying to change this record and force a decider back at home. This game is expected to be fiery with the incidents leading up to the game, with Queensland picking code-hopping Israel Falou, New South Wales fullback Jarryd Hayne beating the judicary also there is the ugly incident between Andrew Johns and Timana Tahu but strap yourself in, it's going to be a good night.
New South Wales make several changes from their game one team, Beau Scott comes in for the injured Jamie Lyon, Trent Barrett and Mitchell Pearce replace Brett Kimmorley and Kurt Gidley who shifts to the bench. Nathan Hindmarsh starts for Trent Waterhouse who shifts to the bench, Paul Gallen replaces Luke Lewis also Luke O'Donnell slots onto the bench.
Queensland only make two changes with Ben Hannant replacing an injured Petero Civoncieva and Cameron Smith back from injury replacing Matt Ballin.
1 min: The talk is done, the anthem is finished, time for the two teams to do battle. Queensland will kick off tonight.
2 min: First penalty Queensland for New South Wales inside the ten, with some afters.
5 min: TRY
Queensland make use of their first attempt in the Blue's twenty with Thurston throwing a nice dummy and giving it to Inglis to go over with three players on him. Thurston fails to convert the goal.
11 min: Joel Monaghan saves a certain try knocking a pass down from Thurston.
14 min: TRY
Queensland throw it wide off the scrum and draw in Brett Morris get it to Falou who strolls over. Thurston corrects himself this time and gets it over.
18 min: Cameron Smith puts a bit too much on the kick and it goes out on the full.
20 min: Queensland with some great online defense preventing Trent Barrett to score from a Monaghan bat back.
21 min: Smith again puts too much mustard on the kick and it goes out on the full again.
24 min: Paul Gallen catches Myles high and is put on report and penalised.
25 min: Brett Morris and Matt Cooper combine to toss Dave Taylor over the sideline.
27 min: Luke O'Donnell is in trouble for a lifting tackle on Boyd and it erupts into a free for all.
28 min: O'Donnell is on report for a very dangerous tackle on Darius Boyd and both teams are fired up.
30 min: Queensland penalty for Matt Cooper taking out Israel Falou.
30 min: Billy Slater is called back for a forward pass!
32 min: Six again from NSW after Queensland play at the ball.
36 min: TRY
Johnathan Thurston chips and recovers after Gidley spills it and gets it to Boyd who just runs it in. Thurston has no trouble with the conversion.
37 min: Queensland piggybacked down the ground from the restart.
38 min: Queensland get six again but it's spilled early in the count to relieve some pressure from the blues.
39 min: New South Wales get their first penalty of the night just before halftime.
40 min: New South Wales spill it and that will their last chance this half.
41 min: The teams are back on the field and New South Wales will kick the second half off.
43 min: Possibly the game ending try here for Queensland.
45 min: TRY
New South Wales just don't want this, Queensland put up a bomb and Slater chases hard and bats it back for Tonga who accepts the gift to score. Thurston kicks it easily.
46 min: New South Wales are saved from a suspect call after Hayne fails to take a bomb.
47 min: Knock on by Joel Monaghan, the pain keeps coming for New South Wales.
50 min: TRY
Queensland are playing with New South Wales now, Lockyer throws a great cut-out for Israel Falou to score his second. Thurston with a great kick to increase the lead.
53 min: Hindmarsh throws a silly pass and Inglis is there to clean up. Queensland try something early but Slater is penalised for having a second dip.
55 min: New South Wales try to thread the needle with that pass but Weyman drops it and Queensland have another set in their half.
58 min: Queensland are just heaping the pressure here and Beau Scott gets into it with Greg Inglis and they square up. Queensland get the penalty.
59 min: Beau Scott drops it on the first tackle.
64 min: TRY
Cooper Cronk from a quick play the ball beats some sloppy tacklers and scores. Thurston continues on his merry way, converting this one.
67 min: A mix up in the halves gives New South Wales a chance for something..
68 min: Barrett is hammered and loses the ball but in the resulting tackle Cooper is busted for a two on one steal drawing a penalty.
70 min: They try something down the sideline but Falou is there and pushes Cooper over the sideline. Cooper is a bit worse for wear.
72 min: Queensland are showing some razzle dazzle football going from side to side but the final touch isn't perfect and dribbles over the sideline.
73 min: Lockyer tries to scoop up an errant Morris pass but knocks it on.
74 min: Possible try to Brett Morris here..
75 min: No try, Kurt Gidley was impeding Billy Slater. Penalty Queensland.
77 min: Knock on here stops the play.
78 min: Penalty for NSW for a strip.
80 min: TRY
A nice inside ball from Pearce to White gets him New South Wales first try and Gidley converts.
80 min: NSW try to spread it wide and it fittingly ends in Darren Lockyers hands.