Thursday, May 26, 2011

Is this the Blue Formula?

NSW are back! As evidenced in the opening State of Origin match the NSW Blues have finally found the formula to defeat Qld. Tough uncompromising defence was the cornerstone of their effort, but it was their brilliance in slight of hand attack, that had them in front with just seven minutes left, but it was QLD that produced the play of the game which saw the Maroons continue their dynasty with the 16-12 victory.

Half-time saw complete dominance with the ball and field position, but QLD were winning by just 6-0. This NSW is tough, and can win this series easily. Qld two first two tries came from the kick, yet it was NSW that when in position, scored easily with their attack. Qld will be hoping that Greg Inglis and Justin Hodges are fit for Game 2, to add attacking nous. In saying that, Dane Nielson and Willie Tonga were good right throughout the game, even with Tonga nursing a shoulder.

In the end, it was the Slater, Thurston, Lockyer, Cronk, and Smith combination that brought the Queenslanders home.

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