Inglis Scores Try in Maroon Victory

Greg Inglis helped Queensland to a convincing 26-6 victory over the Blues with a try at Suncorp Stadium in front of 51,690 fans. The result leaves the series tied at one game apiece leading in to game III in Sydney.


A relentless opening 20 minutes from the Maroons saw the home side take an early 14-0 lead, punishing the Blues for a myriad of misdemeanours.


After being awarded a penalty for offside, Sam Thaiday opened the Maroons account a short ball from Cooper Cronk close to the line sending the rampaging forward over in just the 2nd minute giving Queensland an early 6-0 lead.


Another penalty to the Maroons just minutes later allowed Jonathan Thurston to post two more points from out wide, with his kick hitting the upright but still managing to go through for the Maroons to lead 8-0.


The Maroons went on with the job with Darius Boyd taking advantage of a one man overlap to score in the corner to extend the lead, with Thurston adding the extras with a booming conversion from the sideline.


The Blues failed to capitalise on in good field position, thanks to a string of poor last tackle options resulting in the teams going in to the sheds with Queensland leading 14-0.


Boyd was at it at again eight minutes after the interval, taking a perfectly placed pass from Thurston, racing in to touch down on the stripe. Thurston failed to add the extras, for the Maroons to lead 18-0.


In true Origin fashion, tempers and frustrations began to run high, with Billy Slater being placed on report for elbowing Mitchell Pearce in the face. But the drama didnt stop there, with an unprecedented four players sin-binned for throwing punches in line with the NRLs new policy on stamping out foul play. Maroons Brent Tate and Justin Hodges joined the Blues Trent Merrin and Greg Bird in a 10 minute stint on the side-line thanks to the brawl.


Greg Inglis took advantage of the open spaces left by the four sin-binned players, jumping over Rabbitohs team mate Nathan Merritt to score a try in his 20th Origin appearance, to take the Maroons lead to 24 nil.


The Blues had to wait 70 minutes to finally break through the Maroons defence, with winger Brett Morris taking a chip-kick to touch down in the corner. James Maloney added the extras to bring the score to a slightly more respectable 24-6, before Jonathan Thurston added another penalty goal to his tally, to take the final score to 26-6.


The teams will now square off in the series decider in Sydney on the 17th of July at ANZ Stadium.


Queensland 26 (Sam Thaiday, Darius Boyd 2, Greg Inglis tries; Johnathan Thurston 5 goals)


defeated


New South Wales 6 (Brett Morris try; James Maloney goal)