Rugby Queensland seal record State of Origin win

Queensland racked up a record winning margin, thrashing New South Wales 52-6 to regain the State of Origin shield in emphatic fashion.

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Queensland ripped the State of Origin shield off New South Wales, totally dominating their southern foes in every facet of the game to score a 52-6 thrashing in front of a sell-out crowd at Suncorp Stadium.

After just one year of holding the coveted trophy, following eight straight years of Maroon reign, the Blues were forced to relinquish their silverware in humiliating circumstances.

The Origin-record 46-point deficit was an accurate reflection of a game that was out of the reach of the Blues from the beginning of the first half.

Queensland enjoyed a stack of first-half penalties as well as 64 per cent possession in the opening period.

While the New South Welshmen missed 19 tackles in the first half, Queensland hit their target every time.

Debutant Dane Gagai, Josh Papalii and Greg Inglis crossed in the opening half as the Maroons dominated " their scores ably backed up by Queensland legend Johnathan Thurston, who went nine from nine with the boot during the game.

Any hopes the Blues had of turning the tide were hit from their opening set of the second half as David Klemmer clumsily knocked on in their very first set after the break.

Queensland would make them pay just seconds later as Justin Hodges knocked a bouncing ball back into the field of play for Matt Gillett to plant it down.

Michael Morgan's try and Thurston's subsequent conversion made it 34-2 with half an hour remaining in the game and Queensland smelling blood.

NSW's response to their humiliation became more brutal. James Tamou somehow avoided strong punishment having swung his forearm cleanly into Jacob Lillyman's head and following it up with a brutal uppercut to his opponent. The prop forward was placed on report for the incident.

Thurston converted a Darius Boyd try to become the most prolific goalscorer in Origin history as Queensland continued to rack up the points.

Michael Jennings added some respectability to the scoreline, racing almost the length of the field to give the Blues their first try with 20 minutes to go.

However that respectability would be blown out of the water as Queensland went on to score soft tries through Will Chambers and Aidan Guerra, taking the winning margin into record-breaking realms.

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