Blues 2014 State Of Origin Game 1 Winners 12 – 8

May 29th, 2014

On Wednesday nights under the lights at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium the Queensland Maroons suffered their first State Of Origin loss since the opener last year when going down in a gutsy 8 – 12 defeat to the New South Wales Blues.

Winning coach Laurie Daley made some tough selection calls when it came to the line-up of his Blues’ squad this 2014 Holden State Of Origin, and it seems he may have got it right.

Jarryd Hayne played a freakishly good game for them as fullback, selected over Josh Dugan, and was strong in attack and in the back scoring himself Man of the Match honors.

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Their halves pairing straight from top-of-the-table Canterbury Bulldogs were also very good with Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds outplaying the Queensland #6 and #7.

In Queensland’s defense however they lost halfback Cooper Cronk only 10 minutes into the match with a broken arm, Daly Cherry-Evans coming to play off the bench but sustaining a hip injury himself.

The mighty Maroons have won the past eight straight State Of Origin series but could be in genuine trouble this year after losing at home for the first time in a long time, their odds out to $3.20 to take out the next two games at online bookmaker

While they went down in Game 1 last year that was in Sydney and now they have to travel down south to take on the Blues again in three weeks’ time in Game 2 at ANZ Stadium on June 18.

Queensland was first out of the gates in the scoring department on Wednesday night thanks to Darius Boyd getting over in the corner.

He ended up being the team’s sole points scorer getting another four-pointer in the second half, both conversions missed by Johnathan Thurston who was very flat all night.

The Blues meanwhile got over first with Brett Morris 20 minutes in who dislocated his shoulder during the try.

Hayne then took them to a nice half-time lead with his 33rd minute four point, Hodkinson missing those kicks but getting two penalty goals throughout the game to finish the scoring.

Cronk wasn’t the only nasty injury for the Maroons with his Melbourne storm team mates Cameron Smith and Billy Slater also suffering in the hard hitting showdown.

Smith’s ankle gave him grief throughout the second half and the skipper was below par, but Slater kept his problems pretty well hidden and put in a big match – just not as big as the Blues’ No. 1.

As is tradition there was some on-field controversy too with Reynolds sweating on his penalty for a frightening lift he made on Brent Tate in the first half.

It was the 100th game between Queensland and New South Wales in the Origin arena and it didn’t disappoint thrills-wise with the Maroons looking to make a fighting come back with back-to-back sets of six inside the last five minutes.

They came in waves of Maroon but the Blue sea held on in one of the best defensive efforts seen in the game coming away with bragging rights and boosted confidence of breaking the series’ drought this year.

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