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Daley says he has no problems with Origin refereeing performance

24 Juin 2017

I guarantee he'll be heading for an operation the next couple of days.

Queensland's remarkable record-breaking dynasty is still alive after an injured Thurston defied 50 minutes of pain to stun the Blues 18-16 in an Origin epic at ANZ Stadium. They looked slicker with Slater and Thurston in the backline, and after the ball passed through the hands of Darius Boyd, debutant Valentine Holmes crossed in the corner.

Hayne scored near the sideline on the back of a NSW overlap in the 16th minute.

It might be a James Maloney penalty goal or a try in the final 10 minutes for NSW, something like that that will seal it.

Suddenly it was 16-6.

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A few minutes in later the 14th minute, on the back of three successive sets, premiership winning combo Pearce and Maloney sent the ball out to Tedesco, who flicked it out to - who else - Jarryd Hayne.

There were no indications early in the second half that Queensland would turn the game around, as whatever they tried in attack the Blues had an answer for with their organised and ferocious defence.

They held that lead to the end of a half which they completely dominated, with Trbojevic and Josh Jackson the standout players in the Blues' engine room.

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"I think we have the team that can score points, in the past I don't know whether we've had the team that can score a lot of points", Daley said. But overall his work rate - and his go forward - was at least the equal of any other player on the field.

And he admitted that reminder of the Origin emotion was helping convince him to play on another year. "It's just time for those guys to move on and see some young guys come in".

"There's boys in this team that have been together for over 10 years, I'm one of the new guys that has come in but they make you feel welcome".

Josh McGuire burst through two tackles on a charge from inside his own half before finding Cooper Cronk and two wonderful inside passes, from the half-back and Will Chambers, set up Gagai's first try.

The 28-year-old scored a crucial try to help his side to a 16-6 half-time lead but capitulated in the second stanza with several crucial errors which allowed the Maroons back in the game.

"We understand what happened previously at this level is a once in a lifetime event", Walters said.

"They were much better than they have been".

"We played well to get into that position and get in front but it wasn't good enough on the disciplinary areas of the game down there", Cordner said. There was two or three little moments in the second half that proved the difference. Such wasn't without controversy though, as the try was inspected by the video referee, who determined there was insufficient evidence to determine whether Holmes put a foot on the side-line.

The Blues' loss means they will have to beat the Maroons in game three in Queensland to win their first series since 2014. "I haven't sat down with him and maybe after this game or game three we'll have a chat, but he hasn't said anything [about his future yet]".