BRILLIANT and brutal. And by the time a football match finally broke out of the boxing contest, Queensland had won a fifth consecutive series. Even Blues supporters could not argue that this wasn’t Origin at its best – even if NSW were close to their worst.——————————————–MATCH STATS: NSW v QUEENSLAND——————————————–There will no doubt be predictable scorn from some about the madness among the Queensland magic, and while politically incorrect thoughts dominated the lead-up to the encounter, this was exactly why rugby league can overcome the many and varied off-field issues.What happened on this rectangular field of grass is as good as it gets.You could say parts of last night’s victory by Queensland were predictable, but you could also argue no one expected anything like this. Greg Inglis and Israel Folau, such unfortunate parts of the incendiary build-up, scored the first tries of the contest and the latter finished with two. It would have been easy to predict the violence that dominated the first half, but not its bloodied intensity. It was 1980s violence and 2010 skills.And hopefully the size of the Maroons’ effort will not be forgotten when the blood has dried and the dust has settled from the racism scandal that had shadowed the contest.It was clear that the debate that had raged in the days before this game, claiming a number of victims – not least Timana Tahu and Andrew Johns – had also claimed NSW. While many wondered whether it would galvanise the Blues, it brought Queensland closer together. Add that to one of the best teams this code has produced and there would only be tears to match the Suncorp jeers.There will no doubt be further fallout. Coach Craig Bellamy will more than likely move on and several Blues players will surely be shelved in favour of youngsters to help build a team, rather than reconstruct one.It was an embarrassment in parts – the ultimate being that the Mexican wave began with 12 minutes remaining, when the match had been won and the Blues’ hopes had been sent not to the canvas but out of the ring.The Blues’ best chances of victory came in the many fights that broke out. The game’s officials had been slightly blessed last year that the fireworks that occurred did so towards the end of the contest. But the anger had been building from early on last night and by the 26th minute, when Luke O’Donnell upended Darius Boyd, all hell broke loose. O’Donnell ended the skirmish with his jersey ripped and he had clearly attempted a headbutt on Queensland forward David Taylor.The first scuffle came after just two minutes when the first penalty was awarded. Beau Scott and Inglis clashed repeatedly in the first 20 minutes; Michael Ennis hammered Darren Lockyer twice early.It was Paul Gallen, who doesn’t need an invitation to any on-field niggle, who hit Nate Myles high and then proceeded to tell the ref, ”I told you I was going to get him back”, pointing to the strapping around his forehead. Really, it has been brewing all week.The early efforts of Inglis and Folau had a ring of fate to them, too. Both had been the targets of racist comments by Johns. Inglis found himself over the try line after just three minutes, sent on his way by Johnathan Thurston.Then after just 12 minutes, Folau – the winger who may have played his final Origin – scored in the opposite corner. A remarkable opening for two of the key players.Until Brett White scored a late try, NSW had only come close when Cameron Smith kicked out on the full in consecutive sets. The margin should have been a record blow-out, but Lockyer’s inside pass to Billy Slater in the first half was wrongly ruled forward.QUEENSLAND 34 (I Folau 2 D Boyd C Cronk G Inglis W Tonga tries J Thurston 5 goals) bt NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (B White try M Ennis goal) at Suncorp Stadium. Referee: Tony Archer, Shayne Hayne. Crowd: 52,452.Game 1: QLD 28 bt NSW 24Game 2: QLD 34 bt NSW 6Series: QLD lead NSW 2-0
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