Finally some good news for the National Rugby League. After a season dogged by scandal after scandal, even by NRL's standards, there was good news after the opening game of State ofOrigin with NSW beating Queensland 28-4.
The pace was frenetic early on with neither side giving an inch. By half-time both sides had fully completed an equal number of tackle sets. Penalties were at a minimum as the referees did the classy thing and let the game go.
James Tedesco and Andrew Fifita were standouts for the Blues, with the latter busting through the Qld defence on several occasionsand both scoring tries in the second half.
Blues fans are now relishing the prospect that the Maroons decade of dominance may be at and end.
Game 2 will be played at ANZ Stadium on June 21.