Queensland crush NSW, level Origin series

17:44, Jun 26 2013
Queensland players
Queensland players celebrate after Darius Boyd's second try in State of Origin II.
Sam Thaiday
Sam Thaiday is mobbed by Queensland team-mates after opening the scoring.
Josh Dugan and Cameron Smith
Queensland captain Cameron Smith clings desperately to Josh Dugan's jersey.
Darius Boyd
Darius Boyd celebrates his first try, that gave Queensland a 14-0 lead.
Josh Dugan
Josh Dugan gets a forearm into Matthew Scott's chin as he attempts to break a tackle.
Brent Tate
Brent Tate is lifted in the tackle by Brett Morris and Michael Jennings.
Andrew Fafita
Andrew Fafita sprints away from the Queensland defence.
Ryan Hoffman
Ryan Hoffman loses the ball as he's tackled by Matthew Scott and Cameron Smith.
Billy Slater
Billy Slater knocks the ball out of play during the second half.
State of Origin fight
Queensland and New South Wales players scuffle during the second half.
Brent Tate and Justin Hodges
Queensland's Justin Hodges and Brent Tate get sent to the sinbin.
Greg Bird
NSW's Greg Bird gets his 10-minutes in the bin, joining team-mate Trent Merrin.
Nathan Merritt and Billy Slater
Billy Slater dives to make a tackle on Nathan Merritt.
Cooper Cronk and Greg Inglis
Cooper Cronk and Greg Inglis high-five after taking care of business in Game 2.

Punches still flew despite the NRL's new hardline stance but Queensland delivered a body blow to NSW's hopes of winning their first State of Origin series since 2005 with a stunning 26-6 game two win at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.

Desperate to stay in the fight for an eighth straight Origin series win, the Maroons came out swinging in their must-win clash but initially piled on points rather than punches, scoring four tries to one in front of 51,690.

The stage had been set for more fisticuffs in Origin II after NSW skipper Gallen arrived in Brisbane as public enemy No.1 following his fight with Queensland forward Nate Myles in the Blues' 14-6 game one win.

Gallen's blows did not just impact on Myles' sizeable forehead.

It prompted the NRL to introduce a new "one punch and you're off" rule - a point reinforced by boss David Smith before kick-off on Wednesday when he stressed any Origin players involved in fighting could expect no leniency at the judiciary.

But it seems someone forgot to foreward the memo judging by a 54th minute melee.

After tempers almost flared in the 53rd minute when Queensland fullback Billy Slater went on report for appearing to lash out with an elbow on NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce in a tackle, all hell threatened to break loose barely 60 seconds later.

Queensland winger Brent Tate unwittingly lit the fuse when he pushed at Gallen after the NSW skipper tackled Johnathan Thurston.

NSW forward Trent Merrin took exception, clocking the Maroons flyer with a right jab before an all-in threatened.

When the dust settled, Tate and Justin Hodges were sinbinned for Queensland and Merrin and Greg Bird were marched for the Blues.

Asked about the incident, Hodges said: "I think it (sin binning) was for coming in.

"But I saw Tatey get hit so I had to come in like everyone."

The gloves came off from the outset but it was NSW who found themselves on the canvas early as Queensland jumped to a 14-0 lead by the 17th minute.

Sam Thaiday fed off Cooper Cronk to score in the second minute before winger Darius Boyd was over in the 17th as Queensland enjoyed 80 per cent possession.

By the 48th minute Boyd had bagged a double after running onto a sublime Thurston cut-out pass.

Greg Inglis pounced on a Cronk kick to make it 24-0 by the 56th minute before NSW finally got on the board via Brett Morris (69th).

"We knew they would get the jump on us and get the rub of the green," Gallen said.

"We have to improve everywhere (for game three) - more ball control, be in the contest early and go set for set with them.

"They had a lot of things go their way but we will improve."

Queensland were inspired by Thurston who remarkably was hospitalised on Tuesday night with a suspected stomach virus.

"We were a bit disjointed in game one. We knew we had to come out and play really well tonight - the boys were aggressive in everything they did," Thurston said.

The Blues must now regroup for game three on July 17 in a bid to break the Maroons' reign.

It marked the fifth straight win by Queensland at Suncorp.

Remarkably, NSW have not won a live game in Brisbane since the 2005 decider.

Queensland 26 (D Boyd 2 G Inglis S Thaiday tries J Thurston 5 goals) New South Wales 6 (B Morris try J Maloney goal) at Suncorp Stadium. Referee: Shayne Hayne, Ashley Klein. Crowd: 51,690.

Game 1: NSW 14 bt QLD 6
Game 2: QLD 26 bt NSW 6

Series: NSW 1 QLD 1

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