NSW Blues dominate, QLD Maroons win

Bennett said the Queensland victory was built around the selection changes made after the Maroons' 28-4 loss in the series opener. Thurston, typically, nailed the goal from near the sideline.

As vision of Thurston struggling with his injury was shown, Johns continued: 'You've got JT here, whose shoulder is absolutely buggered.

"You got a player out there that cannot pick his arm up off the ground and they didn't target him, his side of the field, or go at the defenders either side". I couldn't believe what I was watching.

"Twelve months earlier I was in the same situation and I walked off that field knowing something was wrong, so I felt pretty good to finish that game". "There's no way he could continue, which speaks volumes for the way he played on".

Laurie Daley's men will now need to win game three in Queensland to clinch the series. Thurston started to control the game with his kicking game and with ball in hand - the Cowboys halfback started the movement down a right side that was stunted all night to finally break the Blues resistance.

"Game 3 is his last ever game in Queensland colours".

I think it's going to be that close.

But despite the smiles this morning, Seibold said the team is ready to switch their game faces on in their bid to square the series at ANZ Stadium.

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But the jury is out on Thurston's fitness again after he aggravated a shoulder injury.

New South Wales appeared to have taken the foot off the throttle as they lost Tedesco to an HIA in the 61st minute, as the Blues stopped their dynamic attacking, and came up with multiple unnecessary errors to invite Queensland back into the game.

NSW looked in sight of just their second series win since 2005 when they led 16-6 at halftime in front of an 82,259-strong crowd. The ageing Queensland side somehow remain on track for their 11th Origin triumph in 12 years.

Nsw skipper Boyd Cordner (left) and his Queensland counterpart Cameron Smith.

"Just. the amount of pressure you're under".

"I'm just grateful I've got the opportunity to play again", he said.

That's the game plan. I just don't think it is in the right spirit of the game to try and use referees to influence the game.

Now, they are on track to send off some of their biggest warriors as winners in game three in Brisbane.

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Queensland coach Kevin Walters (left) and his NSW counterpart Laurie Daley.

"Origin is a physical game so we'll be going out there with the same mindset as always no matter who is wearing the No.1 for them".

For all their individual brilliance, the team is still the sum of its parts and the Blues were a much better unit in Brisbane.

NSW legend Mortimer said he expected it to be "the greatest Origin game of all time tonight".

Fighting for his coaching career as Queensland try to avoid only a second series defeat in 12 years, Walters snapped when asked directly if the Maroons planned to wrestle more on Wednesday night.

"I'll reassess when I get back [to Townsville] and talk to my medical staff there".

After Valentine Holmes gave Queensland the flawless start, NSW enjoyed a period of absolute dominance, scoring three tries in 11 minutes to put Queensland on the ropes.

In the 14th minute Hayne finished off a backline move for his 11th Origin try - equalling the record from Michael O'Connor.

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