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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2007, 12:00 GMT 13:00 UK
Queensland 25-18 New South Wales
Queensland and New South Wales do battle in Brisbane
The first State of Origin match was a typically ferocious affair

Queensland 25 (6)
Tries: Inglis 2, Price, Lockyer
Goals: Thurston 4
Drop: Thurston

NSW 18 (18)
Tries: Hindmarsh, Cooper, Hayne
Goals: Lyon 3

Queensland produced a stunning second-half comeback to stun New South Wales and claim game one of the State of Origin series in Brisbane.

The home side led through an early Greg Inglis try but scores from Nathan Hindmarsh, Matt Cooper and debutant Jarryd Hayne gave NSW an 18-6 lead.

Queensland came out firing in the second half and tries from Inglis and Steve Price pulled them level.

And Darren Lockyer pounced after a howler from Hayne to seal victory.

The 19-point turnaround in the second half was Queensland's biggest comeback in 26 years of Origin history.

In 1981, the State of Origin's second year, Queensland overcame a 15-0 deficit to win 22-15.

Queensland, aiming to retain the title they won 2-1 last year, started brightly and were on the board after just three minutes when Thurston's well-judged cross-field kick was caught by Inglis in the corner.

But New South Wales made the score 6-6 when Hindmarsh just barged his way over following a great step and pass from Braith Anasta.

The Blues had a let-off when Steve Bell spilled the ball inches from the try line and they went ahead for the first time when centre Cooper found himself on the wing for a simple score.

Darren Lockyer runs in for his crucial score
Lockyer pounces to score the match-winning try

Price thought he had gone over for Queensland on 28 minutes but play was called back for a borderline forward pass and former St Helens star Jamie Lyon, who had converted the first two tries, added a penalty after the Maroons were caught offside.

The visitors looked to have taken a stranglehold of the game when Hayne, the second youngest player in NSW history, picked up a loose ball in his own half and after brushing off Justin Hodges, he collected his own kick through to score just as the hooter was sounding.

The game seemed to be as good as over but Queensland came out for the second half with other ideas and from a penalty, the ball was spread wide for Hunt to score in the corner on 50 minutes.

New South Wales suddenly looked rattled and after Queensland's Brent Tate had a try ruled out for another forward pass, Price found a massive gap in the defensive line to score from close range and Thurston's goal pulled the sides level.

Roared on by a capacity 52,000 crowd at the Suncorp Stadium, Queensland went for the jugular and they took the decisive lead on 61 minutes thanks to Hayne's costly mistake.

Chasing back a long clearance, the 19-year-old threw a wild and misplaced pass intended for Anthony Minichiello and skipper Lockyer took advantage to score.

Thurston then capped a fine display with a drop goal 12 minutes from time to send the Queensland fans into raptures.

New South Wales will now have to lift themselves in time for the second match in Sydney on 13 June.


Queensland: Hunt, Tate, Bell, Hodges, Inglis, Lockyer, Thurston, Price, Smith, Civoniceva, Carroll, Kaufusi, Johnson.
Replacements: Berrigan, Lillyman, Myles, Costigan.

New South Wales: Minichiello, King, Lyon, Cooper, Hayne, Anasta, Mullen, Kite, Buderus, White, Hindmarsh, Mason, Ryan.
Replacements: Bailey, Simpson, Tupou, Gidley.



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