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New South Wales Put Record 50 Points Past Queensland In State Of Origin Thrashing

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New South Wales Put Record 50 Points Past Queensland In State Of Origin Thrashing

New South Wales have absolutely wiped the floor with Queensland, putting a whopping 50 points past their rivals in State of Origin Game 1.

The impressive 50-6 victory is officially the biggest winning margin in Origin history for the Blues - yes, that's just how bad the night was for the Maroons.

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Tom Trbojevic bagged a sensational hat-trick to cap off his flawless performance, while Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai made for the perfect halves pairing - who would have thought?

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As for Queensland, they endured a nightmare start to the three-game series with none of their big-name players turning up despite the home ground advantage in Townsville.

But while all the criticism will undoubtedly be aimed towards the struggling Maroons, their poor showing shouldn't take away from just how good the Blues were.

A vast improvement following their shock upset defeat at the hands of "Queensland's worst ever team" last series.

The historic win sets up a nail-biting Game 2 at Suncorp Stadium, and no doubt the hostile partisan Queensland crowd will be doing everything in their power to ensure the Maroons turn things round.

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From the second the referee's first whistle blew, the game was absolutely non-stop.

Queensland looked threatening early, but their momentum got put on hold when Christian Welch became the first casualty of the night on the 12th minute.

The Queensland prop came off second best in a head clash with New South Wales debutant Brian To'o, which saw him escorted from the field by medical staff for a HIA - which he later failed.

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Just minutes after Welch's departure, Queensland had a golden opportunity to strike first when the referee called six again just 10 metres out from the Blues' try line.

And with the ball in Cameron Munster's hands, a try looked almost certain.

But the five-eighth made the bizarre decision to kick on the first tackle which resulted in Isaah Yeo sweeping up the loose ball after it was batted out by an airborne To'o.

And it wasn't long before the Blues made the Maroons pay for their missed chance when Tom Trbojevic cut through the Queensland defence with ease to open the scoring.

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Still licking their wounds from the first try, Queensland were caught napping when Damien Cook did what Damien Cook does best by bursting through the line to put his rivals on the back foot.

From there, the ball was recycled out and eventually found the hands of To'o who made no mistake with his put-down.

And just a matter of minutes later, To'o bagged his second of the night after an excellent offload from a bulldozing Tariq Sims.

Advantage To'o.

In fact, advantage New South Wales.

But with half-time closing in, the Blues were unable to keep Queensland's score to zero points after Kurt Capewell barged over the line after a clever dummy.

And when play restarted after the break, it was the Blues who struck first through returning star Latrell Mitchell.

While Latrell did ever so well with the finish, it was Trbojevic's cheeky inch-perfect kick that put the ball on a silver platter for his fellow centre.

Devastating stuff from the Blues.

But when replays of the try showed up on the big screen inside Queensland Country Bank stadium, the small minority of Blues fans in attendance noticed something else completely different.

During the build-up to the try, Maroons winger Kyle Feldt clocked Cameron Murray with a late high shot which left the Blues star dazed and on the deck.

The head-high tackle went unpunished and Feldt somehow escaped a sin-bin.

But while some debated whether Queensland should have had all 13 men on the field, that factor didn't seem to matter for New South Wales who continued soldiering on.

And not long after Mitchell's try, it was Turbo's turn to cross the line again.

Debutant Jarome Luai zig-zagged his way past the Maroons' defensive line before passing to Mitchell who offloaded to a charging Turbo.

And it didn't take long for Mitchell to bag his double after a mis-catch from Maroons winger Xavier Coates gifted him the ball with the try line in sight.

The Bunker reviewed whether Payne Haas was in an offside position when the looping kick left Cleary's boot, but nothing came of it.

And it you thought New South Wales were going to take their foot off the gas, then you'd be sorely mistaken.

Daniel Saifiti bulldozed his way over the line before the Blues stars really started turning up the heat to help Trbojevic clinch his hat-trick.

A sublime dummy from Cleary saw him break through the Queensland defensive line, he then set up fullback James Tedesco on his inside who produced a scintillating flick pass to unleash Turbo.

Out of all the tries on the night, this one was by far the best - no doubt about it.

But that doesn't necessarily mean it was the best play of the game.

No, for it was Isaah Yeo who laid claim that accolade.

Despite his team being miles ahead on the scoresheet, Yeo was still on hand to produce a gutsy piece of last-ditch defensive work to deny Dane Gagai just inches from the try line.

That defensive stop alone, just minutes before the final whistle was blown, encapsulated the Blues' fearless and determined performance in Game 1.

A night to forget for Queensland, one to remember for New South Wales.

Bring on Game 2.

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