Blues and Maroons players square off during game one of the State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne last night.
Blues and Maroons players square off during game one of the State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne last night. Quinn Rooney/Getty

Maroons break Blues hearts

"HOW the hell could that be a try? That's ridiculous."

That was the question Blues captain Paul Gallen and every New South Wales player, official and fan wanted to know after video referee Sean Hampstead awarded one of the most controversial tries in Origin history to Maroons centre Greg Inglis in the dying minutes last night, giving Queensland an 18-10 win in Origin I.

Inglis tried to put the ball over the try line, but succeeded only in planting it on Robbie Farah's out-stretched leg before losing control.

After what seemed an eternity, Hampstead gave the attempt the green light, much to the relief of the Maroons camp, and the disgust of the Blues.

It was one of the few try-scoring opportunities Queensland had in the second half.

New South Wales was like the boxer unable to deliver the knockout blow, dominating for much of the second 40 minutes.

 

GAME ONE

Queensland 18 (D Boyd 2 G Inglis tries, C Smith 3 goals)

New South Wales 10 (A Uate M Jennings tries, T Carney goal)



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