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Queensland given the blues - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Thu, 22 May 2008 21:26:00 GMT
It’s back to the drawing board for the Queensland selectors after the Blues handed the Maroons an 18-10 hiding in game one of State of Origin.
And it was the two most important men making their debut in the NSW camp that took plenty of accolades. Coach Craig Bellamy and his trusty new halfback Peter Wallace.
Bellamy’s tactics worked from the outset and nullified the visitors from being able to score tries until the back end of both halves. That in itself is a great feat after two years of Queensland dominance.
Then there were the questions incoming Blues halfback Peter Wallace had to answer.
Critically written off as not being ready for Origin football by dills who need chill pills, the 22-year-old former Panthers player proved why he’s playing origin and the ex so-called experts on the sideline are not.
Fresh from some productive lessons with the NSW Halfback of the Century, Andrew Johns, Wallace did all he had to do very well. He controlled the plays, sold an excellent kicking game, set up 1 try and even made a bust.
Wallace attracted plenty of credit from all quarters including Maroons coach Mal Meninga.
“He did very well on the back of some dominant work by his forwards,” Meninga said.
“We struggled to put him under pressure tonight.”
Queensland enforcer Carl Webb told a Sydney newspaper that the Maroons would be out to exact revenge in Origin II following last night’s game.

Overall it was a terrible day to be a Queenslander.
Prior to the game out of control NSW fans sprayed “GO NSW on the side of the Queensland bus. Then to make matters worse the NSW under-16’s came from behind to defeat Queensland 30-16.

Game 1 Grades:


1.Brett Stewart 8/10
2.Jarryd Hayne 6/10
3.Mark Gasnier 9/10
4.Matt Cooper 7/10
5.Anthony Quinn 10/10
6.Greg Bird 7/10
7.Peter Wallace 8/10
8.Craig Fitzgibbon 7/10
9.Danny Buderus 7/10
10.Brett White 7/10
11.Willie Mason 7.5/10
12.Ryan Hoffman 7.5/10
13.Paul Gallen 8/10

14.Ben Hornby 5.5/10
15.Ben Cross 6.5/10
16.Anthony Laffranchi 7/10
17.Anthony Tupou 7.5/10

Coach: Craig Bellamy 8/10
1.Billy Slater 7/10
2.Brent Tate 8/10
3.Greg Inglis 6/10
4.Justin Hodges 7/10
5.Israel Folau 7/10
6.Karmicheal Hunt 6/10
7.Johnathan Thurston 5/10
8.Carl Webb 6/10
9.Cameron Smith 7/10
10. Petero Civoniceva 7/10
11.Michael Crocker 7/10
12.Sam Thaiday 6.5/10
13.Dallas Johnson 7/10

14.PJ Marsh 5/10
15.Ben Hannant 5/10
16.Nate Myles 7/10
17. Jacob Lillyman 6/10

Coach: Mal Meninga 6.5/10

NSW 18 (Anthony Quinn 2, Anthony Laffranchi, Brett Stewart tries; Craig Fitzgibbon 1/3 goals def QLD 10 (Israel Folau, Brent Tate tries; Johnathan Thurston ½ goals) at ANZ Stadium. Referee: Crowd: 67,620 Penalties: NSW 3-3 Tackles: 373 (NSW), 344 (QLD) Possession: NSW 47%, QLD 41%
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