Blues Set a 24-Point Margin in Game 1

Wounded Queensland coach Kevin Walters is anxious that Johnathan Thurston won't be back fit for the crucial State of Origin game two.

Prop Andrew Fifita busting through the lines for Cronulla Sharks teammate James Maloney to score the first goal in the 6th minute.

Queensland have won 10 of the last 11 series - including 22 match victories to 11 - since 2006, and have amassed 634 points to the Blues' 451 in the process.

New South Wales now take a 1-0 series lead, with questions being asked of Queensland's selectors decisions, it'll be down to the Maroons boardroom to make changes, and quick, the assignment of heading to Sydney needing a win to keep the series alive may be enough to provoke the selectors into making a host of changes to the Queensland team. Hooker Nathan Peats, who left the field briefly after half-time, played a gutsy match, while Tedesco and Fifita were standouts for the Blues.

They gave us nothing in the first half.

While it took a while to get there, he said the wait was a blessing for his game.

Wily Maroons captain Smith will run out in his 40th Origin game and while some south of the border have concerns he exerts an influence through his running dialogue with officials, Daley said he had faith Cordner would step in if necessary.

James Tedesco of the Blues celebrates a try with team mates during game one of the State Of Origin series.

NSW have more often than not been on the wrong end of the penalty count at Suncorp Stadium - winning just seven of 52 on the penalty front there since Origin's inception in 1980.

Pearce was forced off after taking a high shoulder charge, but the Blues hit back with three tries in eight minutes to seize control of the match during the second half.

The Maroons are likely to bring in some fresh faces after their forward pack was bullied 28-4 by an Andrew Fifita-inspired New South Wales, Queensland's biggest-ever loss in Brisbane.

In traffic, Fifita slipped a truly magic pass - just like Beetson - to Maloney, who slipped past Darius Boyd to score a super try.

Corey Oates got the only score for the heavily-beaten home side.

"He is such a big body, he is a massive bloke and plays the game hard". However, the second half was far more explosive for the men in sky blue, blitzing Queensland in the ruck from the moment the whistle blew. "Having a player like that in your team will be really good for us".

Making his first appearance for NSW since 2014, Hayne picked up nearly right where he left off with an impressive display.

"But they were pretty dominant through the middle and he doesn't play there".

The Blues protected their try-line with resolute defence as Queensland tried desperately to work their way back into the contest in the final quarter.

It was Beetson who created the legend of State of Origin back in 1980.

Federal politicians are declaring their allegiance as rugby league fever breaks out ahead of the first State of Origin match.

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