9 May 2009

Queensland Kangaroos set to give NSW the Blues

8:20 am on 9 May 2009

It was Australia's rugby league Test victory but it was hard not to notice that all 38 points against New Zealand came from a backline which will saddle up for Queensland in next month's State of Origin series against New South Wales.

The halfback Johnathan Thurston and centre Justin Hodges grabbed two tries apiece with wingers Israel Folau and Darius Boyd and fullback Billy Slater completing the maroon assault.

The NSW skipper Kurt Gidley almost spoiled the party in the 78th minute, running down a Greg Inglis grubber only to be ruled offside.

Meanwhile in the NSW City versus Country game, Peter Wallace confirmed his position as NSW's leading halfback with a brilliant performance to lead City to a 40-18 mauling of Country.

Wallace and hooker Robbie Farah were simply outstanding in the shootout for State of Origin positions and clearly out-performed their rivals for Blues jumpers Jarrod Mullen and Michael Ennis.