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STATE OF ORIGIN 2017: Maroons snatch victory from Blues

STATE OF ORIGIN 2017: Maroons snatch victory from Blues

The last time the Maroons had the opportunity to send off a player at Suncorp, they thrashed the Blues 52-6 in the 2015 decider, as centre Justin Hodges played his last Origin match.

Maroons assistant coach Anthony Seibold agreed it would be a tough clash and said his side was readying for a real battle through the middle.

Queensland have revamped their forward pack, dropping veterans Nate Myles and Sam Thaiday along with Jacob Lillyman and Aidan Guerra.

Thurston injured his shoulder in the 30th minute and it was limp for most of the match, but the Maroons talisman refused to surrender. and his Queensland cohorts rode his wave of inspiration. I was taught from a young age to respect whoever is controlling the game. The cavalry is here. Jarrod Wallace, 11. Gavin Cooper, 12.

Coen Hess had to wait until the 57th minute to get off the bench, but according to Fox Sports Stats had just three runs once he came on.

"They had all the running, their gameplan was flawless", Johns said on the Nine Network post game.

He's arguably the biggest name in the game but Hayne admits his Origin return was "touch and go" as he battled to find the form to deserve a Blues recall. The fact he was the best player on the park in a huge win was just icing on the cake.

At half-time on Wednesday, game three in the series was looking like a dead rubber. Darius Boyd, 5. Dane Gagai, 6.

The switch also allows Will Chambers to switch to his preferred right flank - with the huge task of marking up on Jarryd Hayne.

But Hayne knows the Blues' opening win guarantees nothing. The recalled Slater appeared too preoccupied with James Maloney's niggle to make the necessary impact.

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Left out of the Maroons' Origin I caning - due in part to concerns over his perceived hesitancy in defence after nearly two years out of the game - Slater is bracing for a torrid reception from the Blues, who have identified his injury as a focal point on Wednesday night.

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But a try to Dane Gagai in the 52nd minute - his sixth in six Origins - cut the margin to four points and he crossed again to level scores with four minuttes to play. Andrew Fifita, 11. Josh Jackson, 12.

What were your highlights from the Maroons gutsy win? The gang is back together.

At that point, the State of Origin shield they have only been able to hold once since 2005 was in reach once again.

For a majority of the contest, it looked like game two would follow the script of the first. The return of those two to join Cronk and Smith will instantly lift those around them. The game will be live on Channel Nine, with the broadcast beginning at 7:30pm (AEDT).

NRL.com predicts: This is near impossible to call.

Every office south of the border has one - a token Queenslander. "So they did change which was good and they got themselves a victory".

Cordner is yet to discuss with Daley the coach's plans beyond this year with speculation the Blues boss has been worn down in the past five years, but his skipper hoped a series win might convince the coach to stay on.


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