7 Jul 2011

Sixth Origin win for Queensland

4:51 am on 7 July 2011

Queensland secured their sixth consecutive State of Origin rugby league series with victory over New South Wales at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Wednesday night.

The home team won 34-24 after leading 24-10 at half time, before a crowd of 52,498.

Queensland scored six tries to four by NSW.

The ABC reports the victory was victory was hardly in doubt after Queensland scored four converted tries in the opening 35 minutes to blow the Blues out the water.

The visitors responded with two tries in the dying minutes of the first half.

For retiring captain Darren Lockyer, 34, the victory meant 19 Origin wins, level with fellow Queenslander Wally Lewis. It was Lockyer's 36 appearance for his state.

''It's been a helluva ride and I will never forget these times playing for Queensland,'' he said afterwards.

''To the Queensland people, it has been a privilege to play for you - thank you and goodbye.''