Origin glory for Queensland
Queensland crushed New South Wales 34-6 to claim a fifth straight State Of Origin series win.
Last Updated: 16/06/10 2:07pm
Queensland crushed New South Wales 34-6 in Brisbane to claim an unprecedented fifth straight State of Origin series triumph.
Those amongst the sold-out crowd of 54,452 at Suncorp Stadium wondering just what impact this week's racial slurs saga would have on the Maroons got a fairly prompt answer.
Queensland star Greg Inglis, the man slighted by former NSW assistant coach Andrew Johns in his attempts to motivate the Blues camp last week, scored the opening try of the contest in just the third minute.
The Maroons never relinquished the lead, or indeed the momentum - despite the best efforts of NSW enforcer Luke O'Donnell, who sparked the first all-in brawl of the series with an ungainly tackle.
With Queensland captain Darren Lockyer and halfback Johnathan Thurston's domination of the Origin playmaking stakes as notable as ever, the home side had amassed a 34-0 lead before the visitors finally scored a consolation try in the 79th minute through Brett White.
Had Queensland been able to keep White out and hold on for one more minute, it would have been their biggest victory since the concept's inception in 1980.
The Maroons had winners across the park and were simply ruthless as they went about taking control of the one-sided contest.
AFL-bound flyer Israel Folau scored twice and gave a couple of quality reminders of his much vaunted aerial capabilities, Inglis was a force for most of the evening and full-back Billy Slater got the better of NSW counterpart and noted adversary Jarryd Hayne.
Both sides promised a more physical contest compared to the series opener, and neither disappointed.
The match was played at a high tempo and after a number of crunching hits and minor scuffles it was an ugly spear tackle from O'Donnell on Maroons winger Boyd that sparked the first all-in Origin brawl for 2010.
O'Donnell dumped Boyd on his head with a dangerous throw in the 26th minute of the first half, and the response from all 13 Queenslanders on the field was instantaneous.
It was not quite as intense as the scenes from last year's game in Brisbane, when Maroons prop Steve Price was carted from the field, but things threatened to get ugly as both sides charged into the fray, with referees Tony Archer and Shayne Hayne looking to have lost all control.
Dave Taylor managed to grab hold of O'Donnell amongst the calamity, but it was the fiery Cowboys hit man that landed all the blows.
O'Donnell headbutted Taylor, looked to attack with his forearm before landing a straight left jab on the youngster playing his first Origin game in Brisbane.
O'Donnell was understandably placed on report, joining NSW lock Paul Gallen who earlier floored Nate Myles with a high shot earlier in the piece, but the drama failed to have much impact on Taylor or the Maroons.
Queensland continued to control proceedings, and after having a try from Slater disallowed due to a forward pass from Lockyer, it was Boyd who scooted over the line after being put through by Inglis.
The home side carried a 16-0 lead into the break and needed just four more minutes after half-time to bolster their advantage.
A speculative bomb from Lockyer was somehow read best by Slater, with the under-pressure number one knocking the ball back to Willie Tonga, who crossed for the home side's fourth try.
The icing was then applied with tries coming from Folau and substitute Cooper Cronk, but with the result beyond doubt the most interest came from a heated scuffle between Inglis and NSW defensive centre Beau Scott halfway through the second half.
Scott had been drafted into the Blues side to shutdown Inglis and the pair niggled each other throughout the night before it eventually exploded.
The pair exchanged a couple of haymakers but neither managed to land a telling blow.