State of Origin scores 2.3m strong audience

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"They've shown they can do it for a long time now, and I have full confidence they can get the job done in the second game".

One Maroons official joked to AFL.com.au, "He (Beveridge) is never welcome back mate, because we lost".

Corey Oates scored a try in the 35th minute for Queensland, which has won 10 of the past 11 series.

The Blues still knew they would need an X-factor to defeat a Queensland side celebrating skipper Cameron Smith's record 40th Origin. And during the dynasty, it has not applied for more than a game or two for anything less than superstar players.

Three minutes after Tedesco's try the Blues were handed a gift-wrapped six points from Queensland centre Justin O'Neill, whose simple knock-on a metre out from his own try-line allowed Fifita to top off his most dominant Origin display with a try left of the posts and a 24-4 lead.

"We'll have a look, I'm not going to make any decisions tonight or anything", Walters said.

"Those little movements around the middle of the ruck were the ones that cost us more than anything". I think we just got them on an off-night, had a bit of luck, (and) no Johnathan Thurston. James Tedesco was incredible in the second half, making scything runs and chopping Queensland down in defence on at least two occasions when they seemed certain to score.

Fifita ran amok in the first half, running for 119m to hand NSW a 12-4 halftime lead.

Like they were in game one, Daley's men have been installed as favourites to clinch the series when it resumes at ANZ Stadium on June 21.

The ability of Woods to continually promote the ball despite the attention of two and three defenders forced the Queensland forwards into extra efforts that began to take a significant toll after just 16 minutes.

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Lock Josh McGuire (119m), backrower Josh Papalii (109m) and Napa were the only Maroons to hit triple figures.

Game one of State of Origin is only hours away with the eternal rivals coming into the opening blockbuster with tensions paramount.

NSW played energetic and focused, if unspectacular football from start to finish.

The game is advertised to kick-off at 8:00pm, Wednesday night.

"The guys that were in that side, you don't want to write them off".

The two teams put on nearly the ideal half of football to open the game, Tedesco's desperate effort to reach out and score when he was brought down inches short the only mistake in 37 sets of football.

Gagai's performance on the wing may make selectors reluctant to shift him but something's got to give for Slater to return.

"I thought in the first half we competed really well, but there were some telling signs", he said.

Hayne looked delighted to be back playing Origin, launching into his usual "Hayne Plane" try celebration and even jumping into a patch of NSW supporters in the crowd after scoring his 10th career try for the Blues.

"I don't think the game would have changed with Slater - and that goes for Thurston too". Fingers crossed Thurston's back soon, hey?

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