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South Sydney juniors Nat Butcher, Reimis Smith, and Gabriel Hamlin starred for New South Wales on Wednesday in the under 16s State of Origin fixture against Queensland, in a game that Blues coach Dave Howlett labelled the most controlled game of football he had seen from 16 year olds.

The three Harold Mathews representatives contributed heavily to the Blues win, with Hamlin and Smith both picking up tries, while Butcher was recognised as one of the Blues strongest performers.

Despite Queensland coming out strong early, it was the Blues who posted first points in the 5th minute when centre Jesse Ramien touched down to open the scoring.

The Blues went on with the job through Reimis Smith, who showed great power and skill to spin out of a number of tackles before scoring. Gabriel Hamlin made it a South Sydney double with his own four-pointer not long after, extending the Blues lead to 16-0.

The Blues then enjoyed a try-fest, with Michael Doolan, Jack Cogger and Latrell Mitchel also scoring tries before Jesse Ramien grabbed his second of the night.

But the Blues werent only dominant in attack, showing great team work to stop a certain try to the Maroons, with Souths Reimis Smith combining with Robbie Graham to keep Queensland scoreless.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs wish to congratulate Nat Butcher, Reimis Smith and Gabriel Hamlin for their stand-out performance.

New South Wales 30 (Jesse Ramien 2, Latrell Mitchell, Gabriel Hamlin, Jack Cogger, Reimis Smith tries; Brock Lamb 3 goals)


Queensland 0
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