New South Wales are one step closer to ending Queensland's seven-year State of Origin dominance, after claiming game one 14-6 last night in Sydney.
An Origin game one record crowd of 80 thousand fans (80,380) filled ANZ stadium to support the Blues who ran in both of their tries in the first half to lead 14-nil at the break.
Queensland threatened to produce one of its trademark Origin comebacks when winger Darius Boyd crossed with 19 minutes remaining, but stern defence from New South Wales kept the vistors at bay.
The Blues captain Paul Gallen now faces a nervous wait to see if he'll play in Origin two after he was placed on report for a swinging arm and throwing two punches none of which landed him in the sin bin.
Game two of the three match series is played at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on June 26.