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Rabbitoh Chris McQueen made a successful State of Origin debut in game one of the 2013 Holden State of Origin Series on Wednesday, despite playing in a defeated Maroons side.

The Maroons utility enjoyed a solid stint on the field in his first Origin outing, recording ten tackles, seven runs and one tackle break, while fellow Rabbitohs teammates Greg Inglis and Ben Teo carried their good club form in to the Origin arena Inglis with one try-assist.

Despite the game being riddled with drop-balls, New South Wales made their intentions clear early when they capitalised on a spilt ball from Brent Tate inside the Maroons ten. Jarryd Hayne reaped the spoils after a beautiful hit and spin, reaching out to plant the ball over the line to open the series. James Maloney converted to give the Blues an early 6-0 lead.

Minutes later, a penalty within kicking distance to the Blues for a strip on debutant Andrew Fifita gifted James Maloney two points to extend the Blues lead to 8-0. Queenslands ill-discipline again gifted the Blues a penalty within kicking distance mere minutes later, but Maloney failed to convert the opportunity to points.

The Blues put themselves under pressure ten minutes from the break after a terrible pass from Mitchell Pearce couldnt be cleaned up by Luke Lewis on the Blues ten, giving the Maroons a chance to strike back. But some strong on line defence from Mitchell Pearce and Josh Morris easily defused the Maroon threat, bundling Darius Boyd over the touch-line.

Just two minutes later, Michael Jennings planted the ball under the posts from close range after taking on a Maroons defensive line in disarray. Maloney made no mistake with the conversion, extending the Blues lead to 14-0.

Just before the interval, the crowd was brought to its feet as Blues Captain Paul Gallen turned back the clock with a swinging arm on Nate Myles right before the two exchanged blows. Gallen was placed on report.

The Maroons came out swinging in the second half, but were denied a try early, with skipper Cameron Smith pulled up for a double movement after an elusive solo run.

Justin Hodges attempted to revive the Maroons in the 63rd minute, with an inspiring run that lead to a try in the corner to Darius Boyd a well-timed draw and pass from Greg Inglis setting up the four-pointer. Cameron Smith converted from out wide to bring the score to 14-6 in the Blues favour.

The Maroons desperately attempted to claw back with five minutes left, but mistakes coupled with some strong Blues defence halted their progress.

The Blues win is New South Wales first opening game win since the 2008 series opener.

New South Wales 14 (Jarryd Hayne, Michael Jennings tries; James Maloney 3 goals)


Queensland 6 (Darius Boyd try; Cameron Smith 1 goal)
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