State of Origin: NSW take on Queensland in Townsville

New South Wales have drawn first blood the 2021 State of Origin Series against Queensland, wrapping up game one 50-6 in a humiliating defeat that even saw the state’s own police force take a brutal dig at the home side.

It was the first-ever State of Origin match played in Townville, with a capacity crowd of about 30,000 screaming Queesnlanders on hand to cheer the Maroons.

Bu fans would be left devastated after the Blues racked up their biggest winning margin in history. 

Wednesday’s match went ahead despite a case of coronavirus recorded in the state earlier on Wednesday.

Despite the flogging handed out by the Cockroaches, the early moments were so hotly contested, commentator Andrew Johns said it was the ‘fastest opening six minutes to a game’ he’s ever seen.

Several players had to be taken from the field after suffering head injuries and the iconic contest got fiery at various times in the match.   

The Queensland Police took a brutal dig at the Maroons embarrassing 50-6 loss

The Queensland Police took a brutal dig at the Maroons embarrassing 50-6 loss

Tom Trbojevic celebrates after scoring a hattrick for the Blues in the first match of the series

Tom Trbojevic celebrates after scoring a hattrick for the Blues in the first match of the series

 Tom Trbojevic celebrates after scoring a hattrick for the Blues in the first match of the series

The embarrassing performance was even mocked by the Queensland Police force who posted an alert to social media for anyone who might have any information on the whereabouts of the Maroons winning edge

‘Queensland police are investigating the disappearance of the Maroons winning edge, missing since 8.10pm in Townsville,’ the post said.

‘Concerns are held for the Maroons, as this behaviour is out of character.

‘Investigations indicate it was last seen in company with Kurt Capewell.’

Debutant Brian To'o dives over for the Blues, scoring his second try of the match

Debutant Brian To'o dives over for the Blues, scoring his second try of the match

Debutant Brian To’o dives over for the Blues, scoring his second try of the match

The Blues celebrate after scoring a try in the corner in the first half of the origin match

The Blues celebrate after scoring a try in the corner in the first half of the origin match

The Blues celebrate after scoring a try in the corner in the first half of the origin match

New South Wales got the first points on the board with a penalty kick right in front.

From there the Blues took control with Manly Sea Eagles star Tom Trbojevic scoring three tries in the 17th, 58th and 68th minutes and Penrith debutant winger Brian To’o snatching a double in the 21st and 26th minutes.

South Sydney sensation Latrell Mitchell also crossed the strip in the 60th minute, while Newcastle Knight’s hardman prop barged through some flimsy Queensland defense in the 63rd minute.    

The only joy for the Queensland side was when Kurt Capewell crashed over in the 34th minute.

Despite the electric atmosphere, the jovial occasion has been slightly tempered after it was revealed a positive Covid case was recorded in state earlier today. 

The Blues went into the first game of the series as the firm betting favorites with many of Queensland’s key players under an injury cloud.

But with a hostile capacity crowd of 30,000 on hand at Country Bank Stadium, Queensland fans were hoping it would be enough to see the Cain Toads seal the win.  

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (centre) celebrates a Queensland try as Federal Opposition leader Anthony Albanese (second from right) looks on

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (centre) celebrates a Queensland try as Federal Opposition leader Anthony Albanese (second from right) looks on

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (centre) celebrates a Queensland try as Federal Opposition leader Anthony Albanese (second from right) looks on

Joe Ofahengaue of the Maroons pushes Jerome Luai of the Blues during game one

Joe Ofahengaue of the Maroons pushes Jerome Luai of the Blues during game one

Joe Ofahengaue of the Maroons pushes Jerome Luai of the Blues during game one

Maroons legend Gorden Tallis, who is at the game for Fox Sports, said Townsville had become the epicenter of rugby league for the night.

‘It is bigger than the Olympics,’ he said, highlighting how the Tokyo games will be devoid of spectators.

‘It is like a zoo, everyone is smiling.

‘I said don’t worry about Covid. We will drink that away’. 

The first casualty of the game was hard-running Queensland front rower Christian Welch, who had a sickening head clash with NSW winger Brian To’o in the 12th minute. 

Halfback Nathan Cleary also copped a battering, splitting his head open in the 20th minute, but the playmaker bravely stayed on the field until the 36th minute when he was sent to the blood bin by match referees. 

At the 32 minute mark Queensland also lost star second rower David Fifita for a head injury assessment.  

Halfback Nathan Cleary (pictured) also copped a battering, splitting his head open in the 20th minute, but the playmaker bravely stayed on the field until the 36th minute when he was sent to the blood bin by match referees

Halfback Nathan Cleary (pictured) also copped a battering, splitting his head open in the 20th minute, but the playmaker bravely stayed on the field until the 36th minute when he was sent to the blood bin by match referees

Halfback Nathan Cleary (pictured) also copped a battering, splitting his head open in the 20th minute, but the playmaker bravely stayed on the field until the 36th minute when he was sent to the blood bin by match referees

Latrell Mitchell of the Blues celebrates after scoring a try for the Blues

Latrell Mitchell of the Blues celebrates after scoring a try for the Blues

Latrell Mitchell of the Blues celebrates after scoring a try for the Blues

It was an odd start to the television coverage with Nine commentator Phil Gould bemusing football fans across the country after quoting a line from popular book series Game of Thrones during his iconic State of Origin rev-up speech. 

The presenter took to the stand to deliver his last word speech before the series opener kicked off in Townsville on Wednesday night.  

While commending the players for their ‘bravery’ as they head onto the field, the former Penrith Panthers player said their courage in the face of fear could be related to a passage he once read in the novels – turned hit HBO television series. 

‘There was a passage I read in the Game of ‘Thrones’ many years ago of a conversation between the father and his son,’ he said.

‘The son asked is it possible for a man to still be considered brave when on the inside he is truly afraid? To which his father replied – when you’re truly afraid, that is the only time a mancan be brave and that’s what you will see tonight. 

Harry Grant of the Maroons offloads the ball during game one of the 2021 State of Origin series

Harry Grant of the Maroons offloads the ball during game one of the 2021 State of Origin series

Harry Grant of the Maroons offloads the ball during game one of the 2021 State of Origin series

James Tedesco of the Blues is tackled during game one of the 2021 State of Origin series

James Tedesco of the Blues is tackled during game one of the 2021 State of Origin series

James Tedesco of the Blues is tackled during game one of the 2021 State of Origin series

‘Nerves, insecurity, fear, it will give way to courage and bravery. It will give way to the commitment you have to your teammates and your state. It will give way to the commitment you have to do whatever is necessary to win. 

‘Why? Because that’s what Origin players do. And above all else these boys want to be Origin players.’

Origin fans flocked to Twitter to comment on the bizarre monologue. 

‘Anyone else catch Phil Gould quote Game of Thrones like it was the bible?’ one person tweeted.

 ‘Is Phil Gould ok?’ another wrote.

‘Speech has me well jacked,’ a third wrote.

Tom Trbojevic of the Blues crashes over in the for the first try of the 2021 Origin Series

Tom Trbojevic of the Blues crashes over in the for the first try of the 2021 Origin Series

Tom Trbojevic of the Blues crashes over in the for the first try of the 2021 Origin Series

Christian Welch of the Maroons catches the ball during game one of the 2021 State of Origin series

Christian Welch of the Maroons catches the ball during game one of the 2021 State of Origin series

Christian Welch of the Maroons catches the ball during game one of the 2021 State of Origin series

Tom Trbojevic of the Blues celebrates with teammates after scoring the first try of the match

Tom Trbojevic of the Blues celebrates with teammates after scoring the first try of the match

Tom Trbojevic of the Blues celebrates with teammates after scoring the first try of the match

Queensland Health confirmed on Wednesday that a woman who left Melbourne while it was in lockdown and went on a road trip tested positive for coronavirus in Queensland.

The 44-year-old woman from Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast was tested on Tuesday and returned a positive result on Wednesday. 

Despite the initial fears, the iconic rugby league fixture will go ahead as scheduled with no restrictions on crowd numbers.

The origin match was originally supposed to be in Melbourne, but the city’s explosion of Covid cases last month caused organisers to move the contest at the last minute.

Canberra, Newcastle and Bankwest Stadium in Sydney were all under consideration  as potential alternatives.  

But Townsville were controversially granted hosting duties after the Annastacia Palaszczuk government shelled out $8million to the NRL. 

Lisa Origliasso and Jessica Origliasso of The Veronicas (pictured perform before game one of the 2021 State of Origin in Townsville

Lisa Origliasso and Jessica Origliasso of The Veronicas (pictured perform before game one of the 2021 State of Origin in Townsville

Lisa Origliasso and Jessica Origliasso of The Veronicas (pictured perform before game one of the 2021 State of Origin in Townsville

A passionate Queensland fan knocks back a beer before the iconic rugby league clash

A passionate Queensland fan knocks back a beer before the iconic rugby league clash

A passionate Queensland fan knocks back a beer before the iconic rugby league clash

Pictured: Boys in blue get set for the first-ever State of Origin clash in Townsville

Pictured: Boys in blue get set for the first-ever State of Origin clash in Townsville

Pictured: Boys in blue get set for the first-ever State of Origin clash in Townsville

While the decision was largely met with anger south of the border and means the first two games of the three-match series will be held in Queensland, die-hard Blues thought the warm conditions and dry track would favor the Cockroaches fast-footed side.

NSW 18-man squad featured six high-flying Penrith Panthers players including Nathan Cleary and Isaah Yeo.

The four others – Brian To’o, Jarome Luai, Liam Martin and Apisai Koroisau all made their debut for the state.  

When it comes to the Queensland squad, several players came into the match under an injury crowd. 

Playmaker Cameron Munster was carrying a foot injury that put him in doubt for game, while hooker Harry Grant has been plagued by a hamstring strain and has only managed a handful of matches this season.

Outside back Dane Gagai even had to be hospitalised this week with tonsillitis. 

But despite the injury concerns all three superstar Queenslanders played the full 80 minutes.  

A die-hard Maroons snaps a photo with the statue of Queensland legend Johnathan Thurston

A die-hard Maroons snaps a photo with the statue of Queensland legend Johnathan Thurston

A die-hard Maroons snaps a photo with the statue of Queensland legend Johnathan Thurston

A Queensland family don face paint as they get set for the start of the 2021 Origin series

A Queensland family don face paint as they get set for the start of the 2021 Origin series

A Queensland family don face paint as they get set for the start of the 2021 Origin series

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