A bit of an experiment as I’m going to live blog the second State of Origin game. Can Queensland square the series and resurrect origin? Or while the mighty Blues achieve another series win? Settle in with a adult beverage of your choice and enjoy the ride over the fold.
Pre game: I hate the pre-game lead up. Just a bunch of old footballers trotting out the same stories they do every year. Time to get a beer and fight the cat for a spot on the couch.
Pre game: The teams enter the arena!
Pre game: Ad for A Current Affair reveals that our taxes are paying for a brothel. Probably better value than parliment.
Pre game: The teams enter the arena! Just love the boos for the Blues.
Pre game: Please be upstanding for the ritual mangling of the national anthem
3rd minute: Big Willie drops a ball QLD go very close with Hodges. Ball over the sideline. NSW run it back out after a scrum QLD defense is hitting hard.
6th minute: Gooooaaaaalllll! Thruston kicks a penalty goal and 2 – 0 to to QLD
11th minute: QLD stop a great NSW raid so close to the line. Run the ball back and get a relieving penalty. QLD playing with intensity. How long can they keep it up?
17th minute: QLD defense is still stinging but it is starting to tire them out a bit
20th minute: Try!!!! After a great chase by Mogg to put King into touch, from the scrum Carl Webb strolls over for QLD. Thurston converts for 8 nil lead to QLD.
24th minute: Phew! QLD lose the ball just short of the NSW goal line.
28th minute: NSW are not in the game at the moment. A penalty to the Blues relieves the pressure
32nd minute: Noooooooo!!Hodges take an intercept and races 90 metres to score. 12-0
33rd minute: Thurston converts. 14-0.
37th minute: QLD raid breaks down only for NSW to have played at the ball. Nervous few minutes for the bues. Tate goes across the field and busts through to only be held up over the line!
40th minute: Half time QLD 14 NSW 0
Halftime Summary: NSW are just not in this game. Full credit to the QLD forwards. They have responded to the criticism and have absolutely dominated the NSW pack. Thurston has been dangerous and Lockyer is back in form. Brent Tate is having a great game. For NSW sack Anasta now for that bloody awful pass that gifted Hodges a try. Grothe has been working hard and made a few good, hard runs as has King. Otherwise a pretty dismal performance from the Blues.
But remember, a lot can happen in Origin and as we know from game one, 14 – 0 is not a safe score line
Half time: Gould’s new toy is the Caltex Vortex try tracker. Try saying that after a few drinks.
Half time: I must admit the ad for the Melbourne SOO game is pretty cool
We’re back for the 2nd half! Come on Blues!
44th minute: What the hell are Hindmarsh and Buderus doing still on the bench?
44th minute: A shocker of a pass from Anasta leads to an Adam Mogg try for QLD. Thurston converts. 20 – 0 It could be a thrashing for the Blues
49th minute: Tonights post game question is if Anasta knows how to pass.
52nd minute: The Blues are shot. They need a miracle and a decent 5/8.
58th minute: Bloody hell! NSW should have scored a try but Menzies drops the ball with the line open and players outside him
61st minute: NSW need 20 points in 19 minutes. Hello Melbourne for the decider.
60 something minute: Going upstairs for anothe QLD try. Replay looks bad for NSW
63rd minute: Mogg gets a double on debut. 24 – 0 to QLD with the kick to come.
64th minute: Thurston misses 24 -0 to QLD
69th minute: Oh fuck. Berrigan scores under the post after Lockyer races through a gap. Thurston converts to continue the pain
77th minute: Tahu scores after the best passage of play by NSW. Means bugger all but good work by Hodgson and Menzies
78th minute: Hodgson converts and 30-6 to QLD
80th minute: All over! QLD come back from Origin I with a thumping 30-6 win. The Telstra Dome in Melbourne will host the decider.
Full Time Summary: Full credit to QLD. They won the game in the forwards and it would be unfair to single anyone out as they all played well. I wasn’t sure if they could keep the intensity up but they did. The backline was outstanding as well with Thurston and Lockyer leading the way and Brent Tate having a great game.
For NSW, Grother, King and Hodgson did well at the back as did Menzies in the forwards. Other than that it was a pretty poor effort.O’Meley and Mason both had games they would rather forget. And speaking if forgetting let’s forget about Anasta. I’ll give Finch a pass as if the forward pack is beaten the half does have a tough time. I’m not sure who to replace Anasta with but someone who can pass would be a start.
QLD deserved their win. They played with passion and intensity. Bring on Melbourne!