Walters: Score would have been different if Thurston played

Walters: Score would have been different if Thurston played

Federal politicians are declaring their allegiance as rugby league fever breaks out ahead of the first State of Origin match.

Forwards Jacob Lillyman, Sam Thaiday and Aidan Guerra may have the Queensland loyalty card revoked for game two while veteran prop Nate Myles's Origin future could be decided for him by an elbow injury.

But Walters will not be acting dramatically, telling media after the game that he will take his time to assess whether some fresh faces are needed in Queensland's squad.

They couldn't take this one off Andrew Fifita.

Coach Laurie Daley was still wary of a Queensland side embracing the underdog tag after losing Matt Scott (knee), Johnathan Thurston (shoulder), Billy Slater (overlooked), Greg Inglis (knee) and Corey Parker (retired).

The 109th Origin match, and Cam Smith's record 40th, was not a happy affair for the Queensland captain.

Things went bad to worse for the Maroons as they conceded two tries in the space of 5 minutes.

And at the same ground where Beetson inspired Queensland 37 years ago, Fifita was commanding, creative and bullish in NSW's 28-4 win.

"At a few stages there, I probably never thought one (game) was possible, but I'm grateful for it and probably it was a blessing in disguise really", he said.

"I'm not sure about John".

Daley has been so pleased with his team's preparation in camp at Kingscliff that his team completed only the lightest of captain's runs at Cbus Super Stadium yesterday, their formal run-through lasting just minutes.

The Hayne Plane lands again, as the controversial code-hopper scored a decisive try.

Walters hit back, though, saying Daley's complaints were a case of the Blues coach "doing his best for NSW".

This was NSW's biggest ever win at Suncorp stadium.

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Queensland also lost Milford after he suffered concussion in the 50th minute. "He wasn't particularly confident but I reminded him we've 10 out of the last 11 series", Senator Watt told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.

Fittler says the absence of Thurston and Slater will be keenly felt - and that they aren't the only key players the Maroons are missing.

Fittler sees plenty of positives in New South Wales' team and hailed their new attacking strength.

55 min: Justin O'Neill spills a ball on his own tryline and Fifita picks up the scraps to score a deserved try.

"On my count, there were at least seven times Moloney clearly broke through with the line open".

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Leading 6-4 the end of tight first half, NSW scored right on the bell. However, the second half was far more explosive for the men in sky blue, blitzing Queensland in the ruck from the moment the whistle blew.

"With the way teams are taught to defend these days there aren't any big-hitters in the game any more so I'm excited to see what Dylan's going to do on Wednesday night".

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

"Until it's not working, I know what's going to happen".

Hayne said he made his decision on Tuesday and that the issue was not a distraction in the lead-up to his representative comeback.

To a man the Blues big men stood up, led by man of the match Andrew Fifita.

"First time at Suncorp was an fantastic feeling", star NSW fullback James Tedesco said.

"I don't think they're vulnerable. I was more the kid that crossed every toe and finger and hair follicle they had and hoped it was possible, not knew it was", Cronk said.

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