26 May 2011

Maroons down Blues in Origin One

6:22 am on 26 May 2011

Queenland's beaten New South Wales 16-12 in Brisbane with Darren Lockyer celebrating his record-equalling appearance in rugby league's State of Origin series by setting up the match-winning try in game one.

After the Blues had hit the lead for the first time in the 69th minute, Lockyer responded with a superb inside ball for a flying Billy Slater to snatch the game back for the home side.

The 34-year-old, who joined Maroons great Allan Langer on 34 Origin games, had already teased the Blues with his kicking game before icing the cake with eight minutes to go.

Queensland showed yet again they are never beaten in a pulsating Origin encounter that ended with a traditional punch-up, this time started by Corey Parker and Greg Bird.

The Blues had scored twice in four minutes to lead 12-10 in the 69th minute but Queensland scored three tries to two through Johnathan Thurston, Jharal Yow Yeh and Slater, Thurston booting two from four.

Mitchell Pearce and Michael Jennings scored the Blues' tries with Jamie Soward kicking two from two.