RugbyL: NSW rock Queensland with big win in Origin opener

This game and the finale will be at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, the second fixture will be at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

The win at the MCG, however, had nothing on Wednesday night's flogging.

But it was James Tedesco and Fifita who stole the show for NSW setting up the tries and ending the half, 12-4.

BLUES coach Laurie Daley says he has no concerns about his rookie captain Boyd Cordner being able to stand up to the referees if Queensland's master tactician Cameron Smith tries to exert his influence on the State of Origin series-opener.

Morgan said a try to Mitchell Pearce in the final seconds of the first half was a critical blow to Queensland, which had worked its way back to a 6-4 deficit after one of the quickest 40 minutes Origin has seen.

Both sides were on from the start and to play set-for-set with the first stoppage coming in the 21 minute when Cameron Smith rolled a kick into touch.

"You just want to go out there and do the job and do the jersey justice every time you pull it on", he said.

"They'll do it again, they'll come up with something that tries to gel them all together and bring them all together. and go out there and play well".

The fiery redhead believes the return of Johnathan Thurston for game two in Sydney won't make a difference.

The Titans warhorse justified his selection, playing his ultra simple role perfectly in providing excellent service from the deck and making 53 tackles.

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"Obviously we're hopeful of getting him for game two but that's an unknown". Andrew Fifita could be the man to break QLD's dominance.

By full-time, the blockbusting Blues were celebrating their greatest triumph at Suncorp - eclipsing their 32-10 defeat of the Maroons in 2005.

If there was one area, apart from the scoreboard, where NSW truly dominated it was from the bench.

A fresh-faced and better than ever NSW team wasted no time in the first half.

Interchange: 14 Michael Morgan, 15 Sam Thaiday, 16 Aidan Guerra, 17 Jacob Lillyman.

There is also the chance Mitchell Pearce may not back up for the Roosters when they host the Broncos at Allianz Stadium this Saturday night, owing to the concussion he suffered in the shoulder charge by Will Chambers ten minutes into the second half, which ended his night early. "There's something about Origin that makes him tick".

O'Neill was possibly the man under most pressure with speculation he could be dropped to facilitate a backline reshuffle that would have allowed Walters to pick Slater at fullback and play Darius Boyd on the wing, with Dane Gagai moving into the centres.

After winning a World Cup with Australia in 2013 and the NRL premiership with Cronulla past year, an Origin series win remains the final item on the enigmatic front-rower's bucket list.

Jarrod Wallace and Cowboys youngster Coen Hess will come into contention in the pack, as will Billy Slater and Valentine Holmes in the backs.

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