NSW claim first blood in State of Origin opener

Maroons fans have been left devastated after Queensland went down 28 to 4 in the State of Origin opener at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.

Blues fullback James Tedesco epitomised the New South Wales effort last night with a Man of the Match performance, helping the young side to the record victory.

Maroons rookie Dylan Napa wasn’t impressed with his team’s performance admitting the Blues wanted it more.


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The fiery redhead believes the return of Johnathan Thurston for game two in Sydney won’t make a difference.

“Having one of the greatest halves ever would help but then again it is still an effort matter,” he said.

“We came out confident but full credit to the Blues they wanted to work harder in the smaller areas and it showed on the scoreboard.”

Napa seemed more upset by the Queensland pack’s effort after claiming the NSW forwards worked harder.

“I am a bit overwhelmed by the loss,” he said. “Collectively as a team if we don’t put in the effort then we are going to lose. It doesn’t matter how well I play.”

Thurston is racing the clock to recover from a shoulder injury for game two on June 21 in Sydney.

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