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Queensland rediscover spirit as low-energy NSW pay price for hubris | Nick Tedeschi

The Maroons saved some face with their State of Origin game three win on the Gold Coast after the Blues’ selection policy backfiredNathan Cleary did not shine in the first two Origins but his importance to the NSW team was obvious early in game three w…

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Queensland avoid State of Origin clean sweep with game-three win over NSW

Maroons restore pride with boilover 20-18 victoryBlues star Tom Trbojevic named player of the seriesQueensland have restored some pride and dashed New South Wales’ hopes of a rare State of Origin clean sweep with a fiery 20-18 win on the Gold Coast.Mak…

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Queensland avoid State of Origin clean sweep with game-three win over NSW

Maroons restore pride with boilover 20-18 victoryBlues star Tom Trbojevic named player of the seriesQueensland have restored some pride and dashed New South Wales’ hopes of a rare State of Origin clean sweep with a fiery 20-18 win on the Gold Coast.Mak…

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State of Origin 2021 game 3: NSW Blues vs Qld Maroons – live!

Updates from the final game of the 2021 series on the Gold CoastKick-off time tonight at Cbus Super Stadium is 8:10pm AESTAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 10.13am BST Hello everybody and welcome to live coverage of State of Origin Game III betw…

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Queensland point finger at NRL over Ronaldo Mulitalo State of Origin fiasco

Winger a late withdrawal due to eligibility doubts‘A massive breakdown in the process,’ says coach Paul GreenQueensland coach Paul Green has suggested the blame for Ronaldo Mulitalo’s cruel State of Origin withdrawal on the morning of the game lies wit…

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Maroons’ sharp slide into mediocrity is concerning – and not just for Queensland | Nick Tedeschi

Queensland’s inability to play above the sum of their parts could not have come at a worse timeIt has been said before following a series domination that State of Origin as a concept is at the crossroads, but 42 years after the first Origin was played …

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Blues wrap up State of Origin series with 26-0 rout of Maroons

Addo-Carr scores two of NSW’s four unanswered triesNSW lead combined scoreline for first two games 76-6New South Wales have produced back-to-back maulings of Queensland to snatch back rugby league’s State of Origin shield and put them on track for the …

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State of Origin 2021 Game 2: Queensland Maroons v NSW Blues – live!

Updates from the game at Suncorp Stadium in BrisbaneAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 11.20am BST 24 mins: Queensland 0-6 NSW – The Blues continue to look the more likely of the two sides but they have yet to engineer space for Trbojevic and Ted…

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State of Origin 2021 Game 2: Queensland Maroons v NSW Blues – live!

Updates from the game at Suncorp Stadium in BrisbaneAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 11.20am BST 24 mins: Queensland 0-6 NSW – The Blues continue to look the more likely of the two sides but they have yet to engineer space for Trbojevic and Ted…

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Women’s State of Origin 2021: Queensland Maroons v NSW Blues – live!

Updates from the one-off game on the Sunshine CoastKick-off at Sunshine Coast Stadium is 7:45pm AESTAny thoughts? Email or tweet @emmavkemp 11.07am BST 13 mins It’s teeming with rain and the pitch is muddy, skiddy no doubt. There is a decent crowd out …

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Phil Gould has got it wrong on Reece Walsh’s State of Origin selection | Nick Tedeschi

History suggests debuting young players with little NRL experience will hardly hinder their developmentThat is how former New South Wales coach and current polarising commentator – as well as New Zealand Warriors employee – Phil Gould described Queensl…

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NSW satisfy need for speed as Blues run Maroons ragged in State of Origin opener | Matt Cleary

NSW’s fast-paced approach in Townsville was helped by a referee who let play flow in a one-sided Game One Speed kills, they say, and after Wednesday night’s events in Townsville, the Queensland Maroons could not argue. On a dry, tight and deadly-fast s…

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Trbojevic inspires NSW to record 50-6 State of Origin win over Queensland

Trbojevic scores second Origin hat-trick, Mitchell gets twoMaroons went down 20-0 after 29 minutes in TownsvilleThe Tom Trbojevic factor proved greater than any home-ground advantage in Townsville as NSW annihilated Queensland 50-6 in their biggest-eve…

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State of Origin 2021 Game 1: Qld Maroons v NSW Blues – live!

Updates from the series opener tonight in TownsvilleKick-off time at Queensland Country Bank Stadium is 8:10 AESTAny thoughts? Email or tweet @emmavkemp 11.36am BST 18 mins: Tommy Turbo! He’s rushing forward on the right and receives a long pass, gets …

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State of Origin series opener moved to Townsville amid Covid outbreak in Melbourne

Game One moved from MCG due to Victorian lockdownMelbourne will now host games in 2024 and 2026 The 2021 State of Origin opener will be played in Townsville after the Covid-19 outbreak in Melbourne forced the match to be moved from the MCG.Queensland C…

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State of Origin 2021: injuries force Queensland Maroons to name extended squad

Kalyn Ponga and Cameron Munster must prove fitness Tyson Frizell ruled out for Blues team with ankle injury With several key players in doubt for next week’s State of Origin opener, Queensland coach Paul Green has named a 20-man squad for the Maroons. …

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State of Origin 2021: injuries force Queensland Maroons to name extended squad

Kalyn Ponga and Cameron Munster must prove fitness Tyson Frizell ruled out for Blues team with ankle injury With several key players in doubt for next week’s State of Origin opener, Queensland coach Paul Green has named a 20-man squad for the Maroons. …

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How to stop State of Origin sucking oxygen from the NRL | Matt Cleary

The world’s premier rugby league competition has almost become an audition for a three-game mid-year seriesWithout the great Tom Trbojevic, Manly were zero-and-four, rudderless and hopeless. Since his return, the influence of this one-man force of natu…

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‘Worst-ever’ sledge backfires as Maroons class of 2020 prove they are anything but | Emma Kemp

Led by unlikely hero Cameron Munster and breakout star Harry Grant Queensland’s State of Origin triumph was one for the ages“On behalf of the worst-ever Queensland team, thank you very much.”The Maroons had just had the final say in a State of Origin s…

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‘The whole city was gridlocked’: Brisbane heaves as fans allowed back en masse | Emma Kemp

The biggest sporting crowd in the world since Covid-19 hit packed into Suncorp Stadium for the State of Origin deciderThe Australian rugby league fraternity has a tendency to pontificate that their code is “the greatest game of all”. On Wednesday night…