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QLD cause upset in Origin opener

Queensland has produced an inspired second half come back to defeat New South Wales 18-14 in the opening game of the 2020 State of Origin Series at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday night.

Trailing 10-0 at half time after two quick-fire tries from Damien Cook and Josh Addo-Carr, the Maroons turned things around with two tries of their own at the start of the second period.

After looking directionless in attack during the opening half, the Maroons' superb defence helped Queensland peg the Blues back in their own half before AJ Brimson and Xavier Coates crossed to put the Maroons ahead.

Cameron Munster would put his side ahead in the 66th minute before Addo-Carr added a second try to keep things interesting for the Blues, before Nathan Cleary missed his sideline conversion and the Queensland defence again steadied to help Wayne Bennett's side hang on for a famous victory.

As well as a first up loss the Blues finished the game with injury concerns, Cameron Murray suffering a hamstring injury and skipper Boyd Cordner suffering a head knock, although he passed his HIA and returned to the game.

Queensland captain Daly Cherry-Evans was outstanding in the number seven jersey, best afield in a famous Maroons triumph.

New South Wales must now win the remaining two games in order to claim a third straight State of Origin series, with game two at ANZ Stadium in Sydney next Wednesday night.

IMAGE: The Australian.


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