Yes folks! Guusball is over and back to the real thing. Melbourne hosts the third State of Origin with the series at one game a piece. Will we be marvelling the mighty magic of the Maroons? Or will be saying bravo as the Blues return to their belligerent best? The beer is cold and the laptop warm so let’s get it on.
Well, David and Camilla seem to be having some issues in the house and..sorry..where is the clicker thingy…sweet jumping jehovah! Has Dermot Brereton had plastic surgery? Ahhh, there is Sterlo. This is more like it.
Why can’t I remember the images we are supposed to remember forever?
What’s this jazz stuff? We want Tina back!
One postive of global warming is that it may end such shows as Torvil and Dean’s Humilating B-Grade Stars on Ice.
Woo hoo! The Caltex Vortex Try Tracker is back.
Petrol bowser rip offs and Australia’s raunchiest beauty queen. Oh the humanity!
Heh heh. Good joke by Matty Johns about how the Telstra Dome roof is playing havoc with the pre-game parachutists.
Here come the teams!
Some boos for the blues but otherwise the crowd reaction seems evenly split.
Please be upstanding for the ritual mangling of the National Anthem
NSW to kick off.
2 minute: First penalty to NSW. Send Tate off for the elbow as well. Been doing it all night.
5th minute: Bugger me. Gasnier can kick.
6th minute: Great work by QLD but Hindmarsh saves the day!
10th minute: A great bust by Tate and then a kick from Thurston finds Mogg. Close decision. Waiting…
10th minute: A try to QLD!
11th minute: Still 4 nil as Shci…Schi…Sich..Clinton misses with the kick.
15th minute: Thurston flops and NSW get a penalty.
23rd minute: QLD look better in attack but NSW defense is holding well
27th minute: Eric Grothe takes an intercept and races the length of the field to score. His first origin try and just what we needed. Hodgson misses the conversion
27th minute: 4 all.
37th minute: QLD are looking tired. NSW have one more chance to try and put on points
Half Time: QLD 4 NSW 4.
Absorbing 1st half.QLD looked the better side for the first 26 minutes but Grothe’s try seemed to turn the game around. QLD looked soft up the middle and NSW unlucky not have grabbed a further try.
For NSW, Money Bags Gaz is not a 5/8. Hodgson has been playing well in both the 5/8 and fullback role. The forward pack has stepped up with O’Meley playing well off the bench and Gallen having a great first game.
Tate has been dangerous in attack and solid in defense for QLD. Thurston has seemed a little off his game but still dangerous in attack.
The scoreline is a good reflection of this tight game. Hard to predict the 2nd half but I’d say it may turn on some freakish luck as did the first half.
They’re back for the deciding 40 minutes. What odds for a tied score at full time?
Oh no! Grothe drops the ball and Carrol kcks through to score. Awaiting the video ref.
40th minute: Hah! Carrol denied and a penalty to NSW
46th minute: King is in! NSW 8 -4
47th minute: 10 -4 to NSW. Some may say that Queensland were at the end of a rough decision. I call it justice.
Grothe is in for his 2nd. Awaiting the video ref.
49th minute: Video ref inexplicably gives the try to Grothe after an obvious knock on by Hodgson. I want NSW to wine but not via dodgy refereeing.
50th minute: Hodgson misses so 14 -4 to NSW.
58th minute: Video ref again on a possible try to Cooper. He gets it right and still 14-4 to NSW
61st minute: Great bust by QLD and a great tackle on Tate from Hodgson. Thurston kick is played dead by NSW
69th minute: Great raid by NSW and then counter by QLD. Good football by everyone. Hope Tahu is ok. Needed for the Eels against the Knights on Saturday.
71st minute: Tate scores a great try for QLD. Clinton converts and the score if 14-10. Anyone’s game.
BLOODY HELL! Lockyer freakishly intercepts to score under the post.
75th minute: Clinton converts and the score is 16-14 to QLD!
77th minute: NSW carry the fullback back into ingoal only to be penalised!
79th minute: NSW get the ball back from the line drop out but knock on and scrum to QLD.
Full Time: QLD win 16-14! A great 2nd half fightback brings them the series. NSW are devastated and so am I. But what a game. Melbourne got the best game of the series. QLDers are invited to gloat in the comments for the post game analysis.