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State of Origin Game 1 final score: Blues annihilate Maroons to steal series opener

The Roar logo The Roar 31/05/2017 Daniel Jeffrey

James Tedesco of the NSW Blues reacts after scoring a try during Game 1 of the State of Origin series. © AAP Image/Dave Hunt James Tedesco of the NSW Blues reacts after scoring a try during Game 1 of the State of Origin series. The NSW Blues have won Game 1 of the 2017 State of Origin series, defeating the Queensland Maroons with a final score of 28-4.

New South Wales had taken an eight-point buffer into half-time with a 12-4 lead at the break, and they took full advantage of that to take the series opener in the enemy territory of Suncorp Stadium and justify their pre-match favouritism.

The Blues put in a mammoth defensive effort in the second half, with both Josh Dugan and James Tedesco pulling off miraculous try-saving tackles to deny Aidan Guerra and Matt Gillett respectively.

State of Origin’s greatest moments They were just as good in attack. James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce both scored tries in the first half off the back of excellent work by Andrew Fifita, before a blitz early in the second half put the game to bed.

James Tedesco opened the scoring for the Blues in the second half, muscling his way over despite the attention of a number of Queensland defenders.

Fifita then got on the scoreboard himself, picking up a horrendous dropped ball from Justin O’Neill for the easiest of four-pointers, before Jarryd Hayne sliced through the Queensland line to score in his first Origin appearance since 2014 and push the scoreline to 28-4.

For New South Wales, Andrew Fifita was outstanding but had plenty of help from his teammates.

Jarryd Hayne put in an excellent performance in his return to the Origin arena, as did James Maloney. Debutant hooker Nathan Peats was also excellent, getting through a mountain of work in his 80-minute stint.

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