State of Origin: NSW take series lead with win over Qld

Maroons fans have been left devastated after Queensland went down 22 to 12 in the State of Origin series opener at Melbourne’s MCG.

The boys fought hard in front of a crowd of 87,122 on Wednesday night, but it was the Blues’ new-comers who really delivered.

The win was a dream come true for new NSW Coach Brad Fittler, but he’s not getting too excited just yet.


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“I don’t think we’ll have a chance to play a team so underdone as that again,” Fittler said.

“I think if they weren’t as underdone … I don’t think we would’ve held them out.”

Maroons coach Kevin Walters said his team needed to play smarter, but he’s confident they’ll have what it takes when they take to the field for game two in Sydney on June 24.

“This time last year we were in much worse place from a Queensland point of view,” Walters said following the match.

“We got ourselves belted comprehensively and we managed to address that and fix it up, and we will address this.

“There is not a real lot wrong with how we played. We came up against a very good side.

“Hats off to NSW but we didn’t play smart enough to get the victory.”

Blues fullback James Tedesco took out Man of the Match after an epic performance which saw him score the first try for NSW.

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