Queensland send Origin series to decider
The Queensland Maroons have kept the 2013 State Of Origin series alive with a 26-6 win over the NSW blues in front of 51,690 fans at Suncorp Stadium.
The beginning of the match was far from the start that the NSW Blues wanted with QLD earning a penalty and charging forward and put the Blues on the back foot. Queensland took advantage of having the Blues on their good field position with Sam Thaiday showing his strength to get over the line in just the third minute.
From that moment on, Queensland were able to get to a roll on over the top of the Blues with strong attacking play forcing the NSW defence back down field. Discipline was also an issue for the Blues with penalties also helping QLD down field and gave them an eight point lead when Thurston kicked a penalty goal in the 8th minute.
Queensland continued with their strong momentum and through some poor defensive decisions from NSW wide defenders helped QLD to go wide and score through Darius Boyd out wide in the 18th minute.
From that moment on the game already looked gone for the Blues, however they did manage to mitigate the early damage that was done by the Queenslanders to go the half time break down 14-0.
The second half started similarly for the Blues, with their opening kick being charged down and cleaned up by the Maroons and turned defence into attack. The pressure eventually got to the Blues and Darius Boyd scored in the corner to take the lead out to 18-0.
The biggest talking point of the match came in the 53rd minute when the game erupted, after Brent Tate resented something in a tackle which set of a chain reaction of play which saw four players sent to the Sin Bin. The players sent to the sin bin were Brent Tate and Justin Hodges for Queensland and Trent Merrin and Greg Bird for New South Wales.
This meant the game ended up being 11 on 11 and during this time Greg Inglis managed to show his strength to outleap Nathan Merritt to push the QLD lead out to 24 points.
The last try of the match came in the 70th minute, when Brett Morris got the luck of the bounce from a Robbie Farah kick to avoid ended the match scoreless.
On the stroke of full time Jonathan Thurston slotted a penalty goal to give QLD a 26-6 victory in game two of the State of Origin series.
The series now heads back down to ANZ Stadium, where the Blues will be looking to improve on their poor performance tonight and try to win their first State of Origin series since 2005.
Queensland Maroons 26 New South Wales Blues 6
Venue: Lang Park
Halftime Score: Queensland Maroons 14-0
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Corey Parker
2 points - Sam Thaiday
1 point - Luke Lewis
QUEENSLAND MAROONS (26)
Tries: Sam Thaiday, Darius Boyd (2), Greg Inglis
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (3/4)
Penalty Goals: Johnathan Thurston (2/2)
NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES (6)
Tries: Brett Morris
Conversions: James Maloney (1/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Welcome to LeagueUnlimited.com's LIVE COVERAGE from Suncorp Stadium of State of Origin, Game II. Tonight the New South Wales Blues are out to claim the 2013 series with a victory after claiming Game I, 14-6.
Kick off is set down for 8:10PM
Maroons: 1. Billy Slater 2. Darius Boyd 3. Greg Inglis 4. Justin Hodges 5.Brent Tate 6. Johnathan Thurston 7. Cooper Cronk 8.Matt Scott 9. Cameron Smith (c) 10. Nate Myles 11. Chris McQueen 12. Sam Thaiday 13. Corey Parker
Interchange: 14. Daly Cherry-Evans 15. Ben Te'o 16. Matt Gillett 17. Josh Papalii 18th Man. Martin Kennedy
Blues: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Brett Morris 3. Michael Jennings 4. Josh Morris 5. Blake Ferguson 6. James Maloney 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Paul Gallen (capt) 9. Robbie Farah (vice capt) 10. Aaron Woods 11. Luke Lewis 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Greg Bird
Interchange: 14. Andrew Fifita 15. Trent Merrin 16. Josh Reynolds 17. Anthony Watmough
Still over an hour to kick off in Origin II, sadly today's focus should've been on origin but has been on events elsewhere.
Back to origin the QLD maroons have won the toss and NSW will be kicking off to start the half
Full Time in the Curtain Raiser the NSW Under 18's have scored a massive 56-6 win over the QLD Maroons, meaning that NSW has managed a clean sweep of the Junior origins with win there as well the under 16's origin prior to origin 1 and Under 20's origin earlier on in the year
For those without TV access, please note there could be a delay to kick off due to Channel 9 choosing to continue with coverage of the Political challenge in Canberra
Channel 9 coverage set to resume at 8pm, due to the ALP leadership crisis in Canberra tonight
We are expecting a kick off time of 8:10pm, the pre-match entertainment of Gillard v Rudd continues LIVE on Channel 9
We are now going LIVE to Origin coverage. Kick off just after 8:10pm
Pre-Match entertainment slowly coming to an end in Canberra - Kevin Rudd has defeated Julia Gillard 57-45, Now the focus goes straight onto Origin where it should've been all night
8:10 was the scheduled kickoff time, now at 8:12 were looking at kick off to be another 5 minutes or so away
Sides lining up for the National Anthem to be performed tonight by Gretel Scarlett (from a new theatre production of some kind)
1 min: PLAY UNDERWAY IN ORIGIN 2
1 min: PENALTY QLD - James Maloney penalised for an Illegal Strip, QLD with possession 20m out from NSW line
4 min: TRY QUEENSLAND MAROONS
Scored by Sam Thaiday. Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston successful.
Sam Thaiday has scored the opening points of the game,
Queensland Maroons 6-0
5 min: Queensland make good metres in the set and put the pressure on Josh Dugan at the back with a high bomb which he takes
6 min: Queensland creating all kinds of problems for the blues at the moment, Cooper Cronk finds touch 15m out from the NSW line
7 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES
Ryan Hoffman makes an unforced error.
Ryan Hoffman loses the ball in a 3 man tackle, Queensland with great attacking position
7 min: PENALTY QLD - NSW penalised for not being square at marker
8 min: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL QUEENSLAND MAROONS
Penalty goal attempt by Johnathan Thurston successful.
Jonathan Thurston gets a lucky rebound off the upright to push the QLD lead out to 8
Queensland Maroons 8-0
11 min: Queensland creating good attacking pressure on the blues which they continue in defence, Blues not getting a look in
13 min: PENALTY QLD - Michael Jennings penalised for a late hit on Jonathan Thurston on the kick, Queensland metres away from NSW line
14 min: Corey Parker gets over the line but some amazing goal line defence saves the Blues
15 min: Queensland to get a repeat set with Morris having to take a Sam Thaiday kick dead
18 min: TRY QUEENSLAND MAROONS
Scored by Darius Boyd. Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston successful.
Darius Boyd scores Queensland second try of the game, from an excellent pass from Jonathan Thurston, game getting out of reach for NSW quite early
Queensland Maroons 14-0
18 min: PENALTY QLD - James Tamou penalised for being too slow away from the tackled player, Penalty Count now 4-0 to QLD
21 min: Nathan Merritt very lucky as he rushed up again. NSW will get the pack the scrum 20 metres out
22 min: New South Wales managed to get into the QLD half but poor last tackle play costs them field position
24 min: PENALTY NSW - NSW get their first penalty of the match at the same time as captain Paul Gallen comes off the field
26 min: NSW get a 20m restart after a Cooper Cronk kick goes right to the dead ball line and takes a left hand turn and goes touch in goal
27 min: Again poor last tackle play from NSW costs them with Merritt getting a hand to a bomb that ends up almost goes out on the full
29 min: Robbie Farah finds touch around five metres out from the QLD line, QLD making it tough for the Blues tonight
30 min: PENALTY QLD - Anthony Watmough penalised for a strip, QLD back into the NSW half
32 min: NSW again almost punished from good QLD play after Darius Boyd is unable to take a kick
33 min: PENALTY NSW - Queensland penalised for being offside and NSW getting no advantage
35 min: NSW will get a repeat set after Billy Slater has to push a NSW kick dead
36 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES
Brett Morris makes an unforced error.
NSW try a side to side play but the ball is dropped by Brett Morris
38 min: NSW having no impact on the game, with the last tackle kick finding Slater on the full
40 min: HALF TIME at Suncorp Stadium & its the home side the QLD Maroons leading 14-0 at Half Time
40 min: Second half about to begin, players back onfield QLD to kick off
41 min: Second half underway and its Andrew Fifita with first possession for NSW
41 min: Robbie Farah has his kick charged down and the Maroons deep inside NSW half
42 min: Brent Tate took a run from acting half on the last and was caught short. NSW work it off their line
44 min: Josh Dugan takes a Cooper Cronk bomb marvellously and NSW are working it out from deep inside their own half
45 min: Poor kicking game hurting New South Wales, with Mitchell Pearce finding Billy Slater on the full yet again
46 min: Queensland on the attack with six more tackles, after Dugan drops a Cooper Cronk bomb
46 min: Queensland get a repeat set after Daly Cherry-Evans puts a kick through that Morris has to take dead
46 min: VIDEO REFEREE: Checking a possible Darius Boyd try, checking grounding, Ashley Klein says TRY
49 min: TRY QUEENSLAND MAROONS
Scored by Darius Boyd. Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston unsuccessful.
Darius Boyd gets his second try of the match after some good lead up play as well as some very poor defence from Nathan Merritt
Queensland Maroons 18-0
49 min: NSW gets possession back after QLD make an error from the kick off
49 min: Josh Reynolds on the field for his first taste of onfield origin action
50 min: Again poor last tackle options from NSW cost them with a kick that gave no chance for any scoring options
51 min: Luke Lewis looks to be some pain after some accidental contact from Matt Gillett
51 min: Bit of push and shove going on here in Origin 2, no punches thrown
52 min: PENALTY NSW - Billy Slater penalised and put on REPORT for lashing out with an elbow on Mitchell Pearce, just metres from his own line
53 min: BRAWL in Origin 2, punches look to have been thrown, will be a good test of the new rules on the referees
53 min: SIN BIN
Brent Tate is sent to the sin bin.
BRENT TATE is sent to the sin bin
53 min: SIN BIN
Justin Hodges is sent to the sin bin.
Justin Hodges is sent to the bin as well for the incident
53 min: SIN BIN
Trent Merrin is sent to the sin bin.
Trent Merrin sent to the sin bin for throwing the first punch
53 min: SIN BIN
Greg Bird is sent to the sin bin.
Greg Bird is also sin binned for racing in to the fight
57 min: TRY QUEENSLAND MAROONS
Scored by Greg Inglis. Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston successful.
Greg Inglis shows his athletic ability to out leap the NSW defenders
Queensland Maroons 24-0
60 min: Inside the final 20 minutes and the Maroons running riot as they lead 24-0
63 min: QLD go close to scoring again but Billy Slater can't take the kick cleanly
64 min: All 4 sin binned players back on the field now
66 min: Queensland ruled to make an error, NSW to have the scrum on halfway
68 min: NSW get the scrum feed 30m out from the Queensland line after the pass is punched down field
70 min: TRY NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES
Scored by Brett Morris. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Brett Morris gets the luck of the bounce and scores from a perfect Robbie Farah kick for NSW first points of the game
Queensland Maroons 24-6
71 min: Robbie Farah tries for a 40/20 but cleaned up by Billy Slater 20m out from his own line
74 min: NSW get a repeat set after the Robbie Farah kick gets punched dead
75 min: Inside the final 5 minutes as NSW get a penalty, penalty count now 6-5 to QLD
77 min: Billy Slater drops the ball looking for more points, NSW to try and get the scrum 10m out from their own line
78 min: Aaron Woods penalised for a high tackle on Justin Hodges
80 min: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL QUEENSLAND MAROONS
Penalty goal attempt by Johnathan Thurston successful.
Jonathan Thurston gives QLD an extra 2 points, to take the lead to 20
Queensland Maroons 26-6
80 min: FULL TIME at Suncorp Stadium and the QLD Maroons have levelled the series with a 26-6 WIN over NSW