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
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
Back to origin the QLD maroons have won the toss and NSW will be kicking off to start the half
Scored by Sam Thaiday. Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston successful.
Sam Thaiday has scored the opening points of the game,
Queensland Maroons 6-0
Ryan Hoffman makes an unforced error.
Ryan Hoffman loses the ball in a 3 man tackle, Queensland with great attacking position
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
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
Brett Morris makes an unforced error.
NSW try a side to side play but the ball is dropped by Brett Morris
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
Brent Tate is sent to the sin bin.
BRENT TATE is sent to the sin bin
Justin Hodges is sent to the sin bin.
Justin Hodges is sent to the bin as well for the incident
Trent Merrin is sent to the sin bin.
Trent Merrin sent to the sin bin for throwing the first punch
Greg Bird is sent to the sin bin.
Greg Bird is also sin binned for racing in to the fight
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
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
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