Sport New South Wales steals surprise lead just before halftime despite Queensland's strong start in State of Origin III

14:56  11 july  2018
14:56  11 july  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Comment: Why Ben Hunt shouldn’t play Origin again

  Comment: Why Ben Hunt shouldn’t play Origin again Today when the Queensland Maroons announce their State of Origin squad, I am expecting them to name Ben Hunt in the number seven jersey. If I’m Kevin Walters, I wonder what the point is of making drastic changes to the Maroons squad. The final game is a dead-rubber. The squad will want some stability particularly after the potential injury concerns over the weekend to players like Greg Inglis and Dylan Napa.

The State of Origin series is the annual best-of- three rugby league football match series between two Australian state representative sides, the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons.

NSW defeats Queensland in State of Origin series opener. Live Updates. June 7, 201812:47pm. NEW South Wales has delivered a hammer blow to Queensland at the MCG to take a 1-0 lead in the 2018 State of Origin series.

a group of people playing football on a field: Queensland have taken an early lead in the final game of this year's State of Origin series© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Queensland have taken an early lead in the final game of this year's State of Origin series New South Wales has stolen the lead on the stroke of halftime during game three of the State of Origin series.

Maroons winger Valentine Holmes nabbed an intercept and raced the length of the field to score against the run of play for the game's first points.

Holmes's conversion gave Queensland an early 6-0 lead in what has been a first half of few opportunities at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.

Queensland has had the majority of possession during the first half but will begin the second stanza trailing 12-8.

Gus delivers Suncorp Stadium slapdown

  Gus delivers Suncorp Stadium slapdown New South Wales' greatest State of Origin coach reveals why Suncorp Stadium is 'far less intimidating' than the old Lang Park.Gould, who coached New South Wales to six series wins, including four prior to the redevelopment of the iconic Brisbane ground, says the ground doesn’t hold the same fear for the Blues as the old Lang Park.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - New South Wales scored the final three tries of the match Wednesday to beat Queensland 22-12 and take a 1-0 lead in the best-of- three State of Origin rugby league series. The Blues held an 8-6 lead at halftime and fell behind early in the second half

New South Wales win Game 1 of 2018 State of Origin series. Blues fans surely won’t be getting ahead of themselves. Last year NSW won the opener and were ahead at halftime in game 2

Retiring Queensland legend Billy Slater was denied a try early in the game after he was ruled to have knocked the ball on while attempting to collect a Daly Cherry-Evans kick.

New South Wales were without playmaker James Maloney for the last ten minutes of the first half after the five-eighth was sin-binned.

Valentine Holmes with a rugby ball: Maroons winger Valentine Holmes nabbed an intercept and raced the length of the field to score against the run of play© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Maroons winger Valentine Holmes nabbed an intercept and raced the length of the field to score against the run of play He was sent from the field for taking out Slater off the ball as they tried to chase down a grubber kick.

Locky's big call for Origin star

  Locky's big call for Origin star Queensland legend Darren Lockyer looks at all the key points ahead of the third State of Origin match at Suncorp Stadium.It’s infamous, the hand grenade. It goes down in Origin folklore. It’s obviously a low point for Queensland, but we’re a long way from getting back to that point. There’s a lot more spirit and culture amongst the group right now.

After a quick re - start Nate Myles is penalised for raking the ball just inside NSW ' s half . Darius Boyd scores despite the attention of Josh (standing) and Brett Morris: Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images. Lest anyone think Queensland are getting tired of beating New South Wales , Maroons

Queensland win 6-4 in a tough low-scoring contest at ANZ Stadium in the first State of Origin Queensland went into half time ahead of rivals New South Wales at 6-4 Queensland defeated NSW 52-6 in last year' s final match for the series win

Queensland's successful penalty goal extended their lead to 8-0 at the end of the first half.

New South Wales struck back with an intercept of their own close to half time.

Tom Trbojevic picked off Cameron Munster's cut-out pass to score the Blues first try.

Nathan Cleary converted the try to reduce Queensland's lead to just two points.

NSW fullback James Tedesco then run onto a pass from hooker Damien Cook to score under the posts right before halftime.

a rugby player with a football ball: Holmes's conversion gave Queensland a 6-0 lead in what has been a first half of few opportunities at Brisbane 's Suncorp Stadium (Pictured: David Klemmer runs at Queensland's Andrew McCullough)© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Holmes's conversion gave Queensland a 6-0 lead in what has been a first half of few opportunities at Brisbane 's Suncorp Stadium (Pictured: David Klemmer runs at Queensland's Andrew McCullough)

Fittler, Walters back Perth NRL expansion .
NSW and Queensland will lock horns in Perth for the first time next year when the second State of Origin game is played at Optus Stadium.Rival State of Origin coaches Brad Fittler and Kevin Walters says the time is right for Perth to get an NRL side of their own.

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