1st State of Origin: New South Wales beats Queensland 28-4

1st State of Origin: New South Wales beats Queensland 28-4

Three minutes after Tedesco's try the Blues were handed a gift-wrapped six points from Queensland centre Justin O'Neill, whose simple knock-on a metre out from his own try-line allowed Fifita to top off his most dominant Origin display with a try left of the posts and a 24-4 lead.

"For me you've got to enjoy it (the win tonight) but you don't get carried away because it's a amusing game, and Origin's completely different to club land, and if you clock off for one moment then you'll get found out", Daley said. After lining up against his opposite number and man of the match, Andrew Fifita, and being undeniably outplayed by him, there is a dire need for a new starting prop in Queensland.

"I don't think the game would have changed with Slater - and that goes for Thurston too".

NSW ushered in a new State of Origin era on Wednesday night. None of the Blues players are over 30, while the Maroons have five players over that age.

Hayne said he made his decision on Tuesday and that the issue was not a distraction in the lead-up to his representative comeback.

Malone told AdNews he believes the Telstra Tracker could become a permanent fixture for next season's NRL competition, but there are a few hoops to jump before that can be confirmed, such as getting the NRL, players, stadiums and other stakeholders on board.

Storm captain Cameron Smith was a late withdrawal from the Knights game due to fatigue from game one but Storm coach Craig Bellamy hopes he will be right for a return on Thursday night. Only one New South Wales player has played more than 20 Origin matches and that's Jarryd Hayne. If Queensland had won game one there might have been a sense of fait accompli for game two or the series.

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A minute's silence was held before the first ball was bowled. "And he ended up doing it three out of five times", he added. Meanwhile, at the other end, Dhawan raced to his half-century, cutting and driving Riaz for a hat-trick of fours.

Do not underestimate the magnitude of this win. Then three more Blues tries occurred and no response from the Queenslanders.

"It's one victory, I wouldn't call it a lot of momentum", Smith said.

They will already bring 34-year-old five-eighth Johnathan Thurston back into the team, if he is fit for the second game, in Sydney. But then Kevin Walters potentially has a couple of very hard decisions to make.

It's also time for Kevin to say thank you and good bye to some players that have been loyal servants for Queensland but are no longer up to State of Origin standard. I don't know what they are going to do with Billy (Slater) but if Billy comes back into the side along with JT, they will be a different team.

Ikin, who made 17 appearances for Queensland, is also a supporter of uncapped pair Coen Hess and Jarrod Wallace coming in for Aidan Guerra and Myles respectively.

It has been an absolute privilege to watch one of the greatest Queensland side's of all time. We'll see on the weekend whether the outcome of Origin I filters through to club results and individual performances.

"We've got so much respect for this great team, and I'd be disappointed if any of our boys felt that way because that's not where we're about".

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