More than 28,000 fans who packed into Queensland’s Country Bank stadium have been left devastated after the Maroons copped an absolute thumping at the hands of the Blues.
NSW ran in eight tries, with a hat-trick from star centre Tom Trbojevic the icing on the cake for the Blues, who went on to annihilate Queensland 50 points to just six in Townsville.
It’s New South Wales biggest winning margin in State of Origin history and now leaves the Maroons with just 18 days to try and find their form before facing another home crowd at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium for Game Two on June 27.
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Speaking following the clash, Queensland Captain Daly Cherry-Evans admitted just how dangerous man-of-the-match Trbojevic is.
“He’s one of those players that he’s just continually going to put himself in the picture,” Cherry-Evans said.
“I don’t think we realised how much he was going to be in the picture tonight but now we understand I know we will be far better prepared.
“You can limit it, and we didn’t even limit it tonight it was just a free for all.”
The emotional skipper said it’s clear his side has a lot to work on over the next two weeks.
“Obviously to rock up and play like we did tonight, we’ve got a few things wrong,” he said.
“Not just the execution tonight but probably in the way we prepared, so we’ve got a bit of time to think about it and the right people to fix it.
“We can turn the tide but they have a lot of momentum in their corner so we have a lot of work to do.”
If there is one positive for Queensland to take into Game Two, it’s that the Blues have lost their last couple of clashes at Suncorp.
“We haven’t won at Suncorp for three years now,” NSW Coach Brad Fittler said.
“That’s the challenge. This is over now so the challenge is Suncorp. That’s the goal ahead of us.”