State Of Origin

Origin half-time: NSW jump to lead

Despite the Maroons scoring the opening try, it was the Blues who struck back with three four-pointers to take a 10-point lead into the break. 

It was a nervous start for Maroons debutant Valentine Holmes who lost the ball with his first touch in the Origin arena after a huge hit from Aaron Woods in the second minute. 

Despite the shaky start, the 21-year-old made up for the effort to hand Queensland the early advantage.

NSW five-eighth James Maloney was penalised for a tackle off the ball on Billy Slater to send the visitors into Blues territory.

Updated Teams: NSW v Queensland

Both teams are unchanged and will run out as per program.

 

NSW Blues

 

1. James Tedesco

2. Brett Morris

3. Josh Dugan

4. Jarryd Hayne

5. Blake Ferguson 

6. James Maloney

7. Mitchell Pearce

8. Aaron Woods

9. Nathan Peats

10. Andrew Fifita

11. Boyd Cordner

12. Josh Jackson

13. Tyson Frizell

 

Interchange:

 

14. David Klemmer

15. Wade Graham

16. Jake Trbojevic

17. Jack Bird

 

 

Queensland Maroons

 

Origin II sold out

The final tickets for the match, which will see NSW chase a first series win since 2014 at ANZ Stadium tonight, were sold this afternoon.

"State of Origin is a wonderful sporting contest and it has been fantastic to see our supporters get behind it again this year," NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said.

"The players are the best of the best and the entertainment they produce deserves a full stadium. It will be great to see them get it tonight."

VIDEO: State of origin views

For the Queensland Maroons fans, tomorrow night's State of Origin clash will be their last chance to claiming the title in 2017.

 

Sophie Yaruso reports 

Former Blue labels Fifita the best yet

Plucked from obscurity after just 14 first grade games for North Sydney, Johnston was one of six debutants rushed into the New South Wales team for Game Two in 1983 but was at Lang Park three years earlier as a member of the NSW under-18s team, a night forever remembered as the one and only time Beetson ever played for Queensland.

Morobean woman walks away with K1500

She was randomly selected as the first winner of the State Of Origin Subscribe and Win Promotion on Digicel Play.

The promotion, coinciding with this year’s State Of Origin matches, commenced on the 12th of May and will end on the 12th of July, with one winner announced on the week of each game day. A total cash value of K4500 is up for grabs.

Queensland v NSW: Origin I Schick Preview

It's been a defining characteristic from the first Origin match ever played when Arthur Beetson – perhaps egged on by 33,000 Queenslanders craving a pound of New South Wales flesh – put one on the chin of Parramatta teammate Mick Cronin.

Player trackers to revolutionise Origin experience

Every player involved in the State of Origin series will be wearing special RFIDs (Radio Frequency Identification Device) which will allow host broadcaster Channel Nine to enhance the statistical component of its coverage via what will be the Telstra Tracker.

The devices will also importantly allow advances to be made from a player welfare perspective.

Following a two-year development process, the new technology will be seen for the first time in Game One of the series, next Wednesday, May 31, at Suncorp Stadium.

Smith undecided where Origin legend will end

And as the Queensland skipper prepares to reach that milestone tonight Petero Civoniceva says it is a feat unlikely to ever be repeated.

A debutant in Game Three of the 2003 series, Smith's run of featuring in 39 of the past 40 Origin matches played was interrupted only by an elbow injury that prevented him from playing in the opening game of the 2010 series.

Tedesco's desire to be world's best

Tedesco may be looking for a confidence boost coming from the struggling Wests Tigers into a star-studded NSW Origin team but confidence doesn't look to be a massive issue as it is for the 25-year-old Camden product as he heads into his second Origin game.

"That was my aspiration at the start of the year [to be the world's best fullback]," Tedesco said from Blues camp in Kingscliff this week.

"With all the dramas [at Wests Tigers] and how we've been going, this year probably hasn't gone the way I hoped but I'll still have those aspirations in the future."