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Women’s State of Origin: Queensland 12-22 New South Wales in the Series Opener

New South Wales started fast and finished strongly at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday, claiming a 22-12 victory over Queensland in the first game of the Women’s State of Origin series, live on Sky Sports.

In front of a record crowd of 25,492, the Sky Blues stormed out of the starting blocks with tries to Emma Tonegato and Jaime Chapman within the first 10 minutes to build a lead they would never relinquish.

The Maroons had an early chance after Ali Brigginshaw secured a replay with a neat grubber kick, but the Blues’ line dropout came into play without Queensland being able to lend a hand, meaning the opportunity was wasted.

After Chapman made big yards on the right, the Sky Blues capitalized when Olivia Kernick sent Caitlan Johnston into space and the propman delivered the final pass for Tonegato to score. Rachael Pearson converted for a 6-0 lead.

Four minutes later the Blues had a second goal after a poor kick from Romy Teitzel ended up in Chapman’s hands, beating 22-year-old flyer Evania Pelite and rounding full-back Tamika Upton for a sizzling 85-yard try.

New South Wales took a 1-0 lead in the Women’s State of Origin series with a win over Queensland

The Blues took the lead further in the 19th minute when Pearson scored a penalty after Tazmin Rapana was hit for holding on in the scrum.

An error by NSW that resulted in the kick-off failing gave Queensland the chance to build some pressure and a raid by Upton almost resulted in the result but Pelite couldn’t control the bouncing ball.

Pearson added two more points early in the second half after debutant Makenzie Weale received a hands-in-the-ruck penalty and the Sky Blues took a commanding 16-0 lead.

As the burden of possession began to shift and Emma Manzelmann brought sparks into the game from dummy half, the Maroons got into the game in the 54th minute when Upton crashed over from close range and Temara converted to make it 16-6.

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The Sky Blues took a 16-0 halftime lead in Brisbane

With Queensland closing quickly, they were inches away from a second try in the 62nd minute when Manzelmann exploded from dummy half and reached for the line, but dropped the ball on the way down.

Needing an answer to quell Queensland’s challenge, the Sky Blues turned to Johnston, who knocked over several defenders and lunged over to extend the lead for Kylie Hilder’s side to 22-6.

The Maroons had the final say when a clean kick from Tarryn Aiken brought Chapman to bowl and Emily Bass pounced for a consolation try which Temara converted from the touchdown.

The historic best-of-three series now heads to Newcastle on June 6, where the Sky Blues will look to reclaim Origin with a win on home soil.

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