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State of Origin 2017: Here comes Game 1

09 Juin 2017

"But you'd like to think that the refs are pretty smart and they know that some players push the boundaries and some get away with it".

The format sees club-mates regularly step over the line against one another as tempers flare in Australia's biggest grudge-match.

While Queensland are claiming the underdog tag - with future immortal Jonathan Thurston, prop Matt Scott and Greg Inglis all ruled out - the Maroons are confident of taking out game one at Suncorp Stadium.

Not since game three of the 2005 series, the nadir of Queensland's Origin history, has a Maroons team been so humiliated on home soil, NSW scoring inside the final minute of the first half to lead 12-4 at the break and then posting three further tries in the second term to take a 1-0 series lead to Sydney for game two on June 21.

"It's disappointing but it's only one game".

While Napa now averages a tick over 50 minutes per game in the NRL for the Roosters, racking up a decent 110m per game in the process, it is his aggression, passion and big hits that could prove valuable for Walters and the Maroons as they attempt to lock down a third straight Origin shield.

Tedesco said he took more pride out of the tries that he stopped than the one he produced himself, which was conjured out of nothing with a darting dummy-half run in the 52nd minute.

"It's hard making changes but I felt we needed some fresh blood", Meninga said.

Kennedy MP Bob Katter, who caught everyone off guard with his foray into rugby league analysis before the first Origin game, said the Maroons' shocking result on Wednesday was not surprising.

The second half started at 4-12 to NSW, and it did not get any better for Queensland from there.

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"This is what you live for - big games like these", Fifita said.

Queensland's much-hyped five-eighth, Anthony Milford, did not make much of an impression on his Origin debut, while the rest the Maroons looked strangely directionless in front of a shell-shocked Queensland crowd.

"I know they're going to put him under pressure and that's great but I've got no doubt that Milf will handle that pressure and then come back with a little bit more". I'm just praying for a great match between two brilliant sides that won't involve match deciding officiating or Bunker bungles...

The once-mighty Queensland fell apart against a young, brash and exciting NSW team.

"I didn't see it to be honest with you".

A Queensland rugby league source confirmed Beveridge was welcomed into the inner-sanctum of the team's coaching unit on match night, including all the pre-match and post-game meetings. "We'll make adjustments from there if we have to", Walters said.

Fifita scored a second-half try, set up James Maloney to score the opening try of the match and was a constant handful for the Maroons defense all night. Sam Thaiday is the man off the bench QLD will look to bend the Blues back when he tears onto the field.

"Dylan is looking forward to playing Origin", he said.

"It'd be naive to think that just because they're missing a couple of their big-name players that they wouldn't be ready", Daley said.

State of Origin 2017: Here comes Game 1