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Maroons make it eight straight 4 years 4 months ago #15802

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"It's gr8 m8, 8 St8 of Origins in a row".

Get set to endure another 12 months of texts and tweets like that after the Maroons extended their Origin domination to eight consecutive series wins.

Watched by a new ANZ Stadium record crowd of 83,812, the Blues came so close to ending the streak but again fell agonisingly short as they did when a Cooper Cronk field goal decided last year's series.

In the end, discipline cost NSW as the Maroons two tries to Johnathan Thurston and Justin Hodges - the best player on the field - came on the back of penalties.

A 13th minute Thurston penalty goal utimately proved the difference between the two teams in what proved to be another epic battle between the two states that was thankfully devoid of controversery after the brawling that had marred the two opening matches.

Early on, the signs had looked ominous for another comfortable Queensland win as the Blues gave away silly penalties and turned over posession.

Mitchell Pearce, who had declared that his Origin career was likely to be over if he couldn't steer NSW to a series win, set the tone when he dropped his first touch of the ball in the third minute.

Worse was to come when Greg Bird conceded a blatant penalty for holding down Sam Thaiday on halfway six minutes later and Johnathan Thurstons stepped his way over for the opening try.

Blues skipper Robbie Farah complained that he had been impeded from getting to Thurston by Nate Myles but the reality was that the poor NSW defence had allowed the Maroons five-eighth to score.

Another penalty, this time against Blues five-eighth James Maloney for shouldering Cooper Cronk after a kick, enabled Thurston to extend the lead to 8-0 in the 13th minute and the match appeared destined to go the way of Origin II when Queensland led 14-0 after 17 minutes.

As the NSW players headed back to halfway for another kick off, the tackle counts of the respective teams were 57-to-38 - meaning the Maroons had enjoyed more than three sets of additional possession to the Blues.

But the match changed with the injection of forwards Anthony Watmough and Andrew Fifita from the interchange bench and the Blues finished the first half on top everywhere but the scoreboard.

Remarkably, the penalty count at the interval was 6-2 in favour of NSW and the errors were even at four apiece.

What those statistics don't show is how the Blues failed to take their opportunities as they threw wayward passes or dropped the ball to let Queensland off the hook.

After Farah had regained the ball from his own kick following a Billy Slater knock-on near the Maroons line, the next pass went to no-one and NSW lost possession.

A Maloney kick put down by Greg Inglis also provided the Blues with no real advantage after Luke Lewis lost the ball on zero tackle.

James McMannus finally put the Blues on the board in the 25th minute after back-to-back penalties against Queensland when he finished off a sweeping movement involving Pearce, fullback Josh Dugan and Josh Morris.

But McMannus was denied a second try just two before halftime when his wing opposite Darius Boyd just managed to get downward pressure on a Farah grubber kick bouncing in the Maroons in-goal.

There were more wasted opportunities for the Blues early in the second half, with Dugan being unable to hold a Fifita off-load as he sped into the clear and Michael Jennings twice dropping the ball.

Queensland deserve credit for their defence to hold NSW out through sustained periods before and after halftime, and Hodges was a key figure in snuffing out several tryscoring opportunities for the Blues.

The 28-year-old centre deservedly crossed for the match winning try in the 64th minute after running onto a perfectly timed pass from Cronk.

Blues prop Trent Merrin scored in the 71st minute but Queensland hung on to continue a winning streak that begun in 2006.

QUEENSLAND 12 (J Hodges J Thurston tries J Thurston 2 goals) bt NEW SOUTH WALES 10 (J McManus T Merrin tries J Maloney goal) at ANZ Stadium. Referee: Shayne Hayne, Ben Cummins. Crowd: 83,813.

Source: www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-match...-20130717-2q4vq.html

(And on a personal note... QUEENSLANDER!!!!)
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Maroons make it eight straight 4 years 4 months ago #15809

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Had to laugh at this little piece about the streaker at the end.

news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/07/18/...igin-streaker-s-fine

"But NSW forward Ryan Hoffman said Holmwood was an "idiot" and had tripped him as he attempted to tackle Queensland prop Matt Scott".

Did anyone actually see Hoffman go down? It was one of the funniest things I've seen, and he should go to the Academy awards for his attempt to claim interference.

There was no way the try would have been awarded anyway, but the way he tried to sell it was priceless, almost like he 'didn't see it'. Funniest moments of football I've seen, right up there with the South American soccer players.

Mind you, I'm a little confused at why NSW supporters were complaining that they were robbed and that they had to defend another set. Why is it that all the attention is on NSW having to tackle for 6 more tackles rather than QLD actually being disallowed a try.

First things first, QLD scored from it, so it robbed them of a try, secondly if Matt Scott hadn't have scored, a quick spread to the right had NSW in all sorts of trouble, so possibly would have scored if there wasn't a streaker. (Remember it was Matt Scott in the middle of the field who scored and he threw a dummy to get past Michael Jennings, so the NSW centre was that far in field, means there was plenty of room outside him.), and thirdly QLD had to defend a heck of a lot more sets in general thanks to a 8-3 penalty count against them and also they couldn't catch any high kicks all night. So to complain about having to defend 1 extra set is a bit rich. Fact of the matter, NSW can't complain about the refs, they can't complain about grubby tactics from QLD so they try to find 1 set of 6 to blame it on with 2 minutes to go.
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Maroons make it eight straight 4 years 4 months ago #15811

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benos wrote:
Fact of the matter, NSW can't complain about the refs, they can't complain about grubby tactics from QLD so they try to find 1 set of 6 to blame it on with 2 minutes to go.

Exactly! I've been saying it all day to the NSW supporters here at work - QLD were brilliant in defence last night
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Maroons make it eight straight 4 years 4 months ago #15813

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idc what you say, Sam Thaiday didnt play the ball, and then they scored in that set. You sure as hell wont change my mind. :)
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Maroons make it eight straight 4 years 4 months ago #15814

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Dufeyz wrote:
idc what you say, Sam Thaiday didnt play the ball, and then they scored in that set. You sure as hell wont change my mind. :)

Fair enough mate... I suppose nothing will change and NSW will ALWAYS find something to complain about :)

8 IN A ROW!!!!! :silly:
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Maroons make it eight straight 4 years 4 months ago #15818

Congrats A.C.T. i was at the game and the better side won. NSW once again they got off to a poor start and managed to only concede 8 points.

Qld's were better in defence and execution. When Tate dropped the bomb, Pearce got the ball and stepped back inside with support outside,Jennings etc bombed try. Qld were still short with the defence not set and Maloney went himself from dummy half when we had overlaps on both sides of the play the ball. Stupid. selfish f...w.t. Bombed try. Give Cronk or Thurston the same chance and they set up a try.

Luck also went Qld's way with the Dugan not holding the inside offload from Fifita leaving him 1 on 1 with Slater bombed try, but the play of the day was the Fingertip from Boyd to ground the ball, etc. Unlucky.

But Qld won by 2 points and by pointing out our poor luck means we are whinging.
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Maroons make it eight straight 4 years 4 months ago #15831

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Pearce 12 games 4 try assists 1 try.....Surly he has played his last game?

Time to look to the future and give Reynolds a go he can't do any worse.

Tim Grant has to be there next year too Woods offered Nothing he was rushed in should of been made to wait another year.
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Maroons make it eight straight 4 years 4 months ago #15833

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Not the desired result, but a fantastic Origin series. At least I'm lamenting a streaking buffoon who felt the need to show the world his ample figure and button mushroom as opposed to being angry about anything a referee did.
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Maroons make it eight straight 4 years 4 months ago #15834

Change lets start with Bozo. he is the one consistent position in NSW.

I saw the guy on the field and he came from the Qld end of the ground, straight past security which didn't move off their chairs.

From SMH today - NSW prop Aaron Woods, four runs for 18 metres. Streaker, one run for 85 metres.
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Maroons make it eight straight 4 years 4 months ago #15863

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And today Darren Lockyer says " queenslanders don;t boast about their successes" ??? B) B) B) hahahah
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..... 2 points in it and I'd certainly like to give Darius Boyd the finger. I'd save something a little more substantial for Hodges.
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Queensland just too good overall. They have the better 17 and full marks to the blues to get so close again. I know close isn't good enough but to get so close against a side with the overall quality of the maroons is amazing in itself. On the maligned Mitchell Pearce I would have him at the Panthers in a heartbeat. He is a fantastic footballer. Yes maybe not quite an Andrew Johns or the equal of the other great halves the blues have enjoyed during Blues winning series but at NRL level a quality player.
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