17 Jun 2010

Racial slurs inspire Maroons

6:36 am on 17 June 2010

New South Wales have only their former assistant coach Andrew Johns to thank for a 34-6 hiding from Queensland in the second match of rugby league's State of Origin series in Brisbane.

After Johns' racial slurs resulted in one of the most controversial lead ups to Queensland's Indigenous and Polynesian players stepped up and belted their opponents off the park.

It took only three minutes for Johnathan Thurston to put Greg Inglis over for the first try and eight minutes Israel Folau silenced his selection critics by scoring the second.

The Blues coach Craig Bellamy avoided using the racism saga as an excuse, rather blaming brief lapses in defence and attack for the score blow-out.