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Queensland 30-0 NSW

Queensland (16) 30
Tries: Boyd 2, Hannant, Folau Goals: Thurston 7
New South Wales (0) 0

Ben Hannant & Karmichael Hunt
Ben Hannant & Karmichael Hunt celebrate the Maroons' victory

Queensland levelled the State of Origin series with a comprehensive victory in the second match in Brisbane.

Brisbane Broncos winger Darius Boyd scored two first-half tries as Queensland led 16-0 at half-time.

Johnathan Thurston converted both tries and kicked two penalties, then added another penalty in the 57th minute.

Ben Hannant and winger Israel Folau added further tries with Thurston making both conversions to the delight of the 52,000 crowd at Suncorp Stadium.

It was a deserved win for the Maroons, and atoned for their 18-10 defeat in Sydney last month.

Key man Boyd did not play in the first Origin match and he came into the side when Justin Hodges was suspended for six matches for a dangerous throw in a National Rugby League match 10 days ago.

Thurston's late conversion equalled an Origin record held by former Canberra Raiders captain and current Queensland coach Mal Meninga.

The third and deciding game in the annual high-profile series between the two premier states in Australian rugby league will be played on 2 July in Sydney.

New South Wales: Brett Stewart, Steve Turner, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Anthony Quinn, Greg Bird, Peter Wallace, Brett White, Danny Buderus (capt), Craig Fitzgibbon, Ryan Hoffman, Willie Mason, Paul Gallen. Replacements: Anthony Laffranchi, Anthony Tupou, Steve Simpson, Kurt Gidley.

Queensland: Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Brent Tate, Israel Folau, Johnathan Thurston, Scott Prince, Steven Price, Cameron Smith (capt), Petero Civoniceva, Michael Crocker, Sam Thaiday, Dallas Johnson. Replacements: Karmichael Hunt, Ben Hannant, Nate Myles, Ashley Harrison.

Referee: Tony Archer

see also
NSW 18-10 Queensland
21 May 08 |  Rugby League

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