State of Origin II: New South Wales v Queensland preview

The second half started in similar fashion, but a 60-metre try against the run of play - finished off by Gagai - in the 53rd minute changed the complexion of the contest.

"They had all the running, their game plan was ideal". Johnathan Thurston, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8.

Johns is adamant Thurston is so injured that he will undergo surgery in the next few days.

"His shoulder his stuffed".

"I've seen it in the past where you get there on the night but you're completely flat".

"We know it's a very hard thing to go down to Sydney and win but we've done it in the past and this is a pretty good side that's been put together, so if we go down and play well, we're a pretty good chance of doing it".

Queensland knows it fell away in the second half in game one, unable to get enough possession to put serious pressure on the Blues to see how they would react.

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Of everyone it was their most experienced player in Jarryd Hayne who came up with the most questionable options in that period but the halves too, despite offering plenty in attack - especially in the first half - who needed to command the ball and get the team to the right parts of the field to shut the game down.

"With those guys that they've got back, they definitely know how to score points and they did". Thurston and Darius Boyd carried on with bad injuries, while Will Chambers was carted off late due to concussion - but the Blues' famed lack of ruthlessness reared its head again as they failed to target their opponents' weaknesses.

"That was probably our downfall", said Dugan.

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"They stopped playing, then they went back to this out-the-back block plays and were no threat". Paying through the middle, playing fast.

"Even when I got the setback in game one (being overlooked for selection), I always wanted to go out there and perform well and if the opportunity came up, be ready".

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

Cordner, who fought back tears in the post-match press conference, said the defeat was "gut-wrenching". "We'll play the football the referees will allow us to play".

"We are still in the ball game, we are confident we will put in a good performance that will keep us alive". You can't do it to a side like Queensland.

What were your highlights from the Maroons gutsy win? "I'm over the moon", Thurston said.

"It's what dreams are made of, ".

Walters said Queensland were expected to be 1-17, with Johnathan Thurston cleared to play despite the fact his right knee is still strapped. "We were behind the eight-ball coming in at half-time but we hung in there and we kept fighting for each other".

"We were outplayed in the middle in game one and that's where they gained a lot of momentum and ultimately they scored their points from there - or majority", Smith said.

Winger Corey Oates is the most unlucky of the seven players gone from Game One; he was one of the best in a beaten team, but a need for more sting on kick returns and a desire to debut in-form Kangaroos winger Valentine Holmes meant Oates made way.

Asked if he was tempering expectations of further Origin dynasties, he replied: "I think Queenslanders love their Origin".

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