State of Origin game one LIVE: All the latest updates and scores as NSW take on Queensland


 Follow Daily Mail Australia’s live blog for all the updates and scores from the first game of this year’s State of Origin series

Another bad sign for NSW

The Blues have made three interchanges to Queensland’s one – not surprising given they’re a man down, but the fatigue will step up drastically in the second half as their forwards are forced to play far more minutes than they planned on.

Big injury scare for Spencer Leniu

For a second it looked like he’d done something horrible to his left knee in what Andrew Johns thought was a hip-drop tackle. But he’s up and about now, moving freely, and there wasn’t a penalty for that hit.

Queensland 20 – NSW 6 as a forward pass stops a dangerous raid

Just about every time the Maroons shift the ball left, alarm bells ring for NSW. A flat pass in that set and they probably break through the line again.

Less than 10 minutes left to halftime and NSW are threatening… until an ill-advised kick from Zac Lomax on the fourth tackle. However, they get the ball back as Queensland’s short kickoff fails.

Incredible effort by Queensland to stop a Spencer Leniu try

Fresh from scoring two himself, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow somehow manages to hold Leniu up as he crashes over the line on a strong run. That is outstanding defence.

And the Blues’ fifth-tackle kick from Hynes was a shocker. He’s not having a happy game so far.

Heartwarming gesture by Reece Walsh

Despite being knocked out, the fullback found his daughter in the crowd and gave her a hug.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05:  Reece Walsh of the Maroons is seen with his daughter on the side-line during game one of the 2024 Men's State of Origin Series between New South Wales Blues and Queensland Maroons at Accor Stadium on June 05, 2024 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Queensland waste a captain’s challenge

They were hoping an obviously spilled ball in a risky offload would be overturned. Now it’s NSW 1, Queensland 0 in terms of challenges left, which is probably the only score the Blues will own for the foreseeable future.

The sickening shot that ended Walsh’s night – and left NSW in a hole a mile deep

Joey Johns might’ve been surprised Suaalii got sent off, but it looks totally justified here…

TRY! Queensland 20 – NSW 6 as ‘The Hammer’ goes in again

The Maroons are tearing the right-hand defence of NSW to shreds. Cobbo just brushed Nicho Hynes off, barrelled over Zac Lomax and got the ball to Taulagi, who gave it off to Tabuai-Fidow just like he did for Queensland’s second try.

Madge Maguire is blowing up in the box, and rightly so – that was bloody easy, even taking the sendoff into consideration.

TRY! Queensland 14 – NSW 6

Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow won’t score many easier tries than that one – the NSW defence out wide was completely broken down there as Murray Taulagi made the break courtesy of some slick passing that put him into a big gap. Valentine Holmes makes no mistake with the conversion.

TRY! NSW 6 – 8 Queensland

James Tedesco grounds a smart Jarome Luai grubber – and Luai is in the huddle talking about ‘belief’ while Nicho Hynes prepares to slot home the easy conversion.

That’s a huge boost for the Blues considering the shattering loss of Suaalii just minutes ago.

NSW will need an all-time great effort from here

Andrew Johns was surprised Suaalii got sent for that shot, but the ref wasn’t wrong – and going through about 70 minutes of Origin footy a man down is the tallest of orders.

Selwyn Cobbo is on for Walsh.

Billy Slater is absolutely furious

Nine crosses to the coach, asks for his reaction to the hit on Walsh and with a face like thunder he says, ‘You probably don’t want to know that.’

Queensland 8 – 0 NSW – bad news on Reece Walsh

A penalty stretches Queensland’s lead as it’s confirmed Reece Walsh has category one concussion symptoms and won’t be back. That was a gruesome hit and the fullback’s eyes were rolling in his head.

NSW 0 – 6 Queensland – and Reece Walsh’s night is over after a shocking high shot and Sua’ali’i has been sent off

Reece Walsh is out cold after being hit right on the jaw by Joseph Sua’ali’i’s shoulder.

The Roosters star has been sent by referee Ashley Klein, just the sixth time it’s happened in Origin.

Try! Ben Hunt scores after great lead-up work from Daly Cherry-Evans

That was special from the Maroons skipper – he made the Blues marker defence look ordinary there and threw a one-handed pass despite having Luai hanging off him. Hunt did well to take that grab.

That anthem was NOT popular

It was only sung minutes ago but social media is already lighting up with plenty of tweets like the below after Dylan Wright put his own, very different spin on Advance Australia Fair…

We have kickoff!

Reece Walsh is whacked after kicking at the end of a tough but uneventful set to get us started.

Time for the welcome to country and national anthem – as one Blues star stands out from his teammates

Savannah Fynn performs the welcome to country – ending it with a very diplomatic ‘may the best team win’ despite being kitted out in Blues gear.

Dylan Wright has come up with a very low-key, country-style take on the national anthem.

And there’s a telltale sign in the Blues line-up – Spencer Leniu is the only player who didn’t drape his arms over his teammates.

Just moments away now

‘It’s about a 300 metre walk,’ Phil Gould says as the teams file onto the field.

That’s the sort of insight we love.

Origin misery for many Sydneysiders

More than 1300 Blues fans have been hit by a power cut at the worst possible time, with the lights going out just as fans started filing into the ground tonight – and the juice isn’t due to come back on until long after the game is over.

Billy Slater answers the big selection question

The inclusion of Selwyn Cobbo on the bench raised a lot of eyebrows not just with fans, but with Origin greats like Fatty Vautin, who just spoke to Slater on Nine.

Some experts are worried it’s a wasted spot on the bench, with NSW going with nothing but forwards – but Slater just confirmed that Cobbo will see action tonight regardless of whether he’s needed to fill in due to an injury in the backline.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30: Selwyn Cobbo is seen during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin Training Session at Sanctuary Cove Training Field on May 30, 2024 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images) 13478359

You can guarantee you won’t see this tonight

Here’s a clip for anyone who regularly says ‘bring back the biff’ – one of the great Origin stoushes of all time.

There hasn’t been a punch thrown in an Origin game since Paul Gallen whacked Nate Myles in 2013 – and while you can’t rule out someone losing it and throwing one in the heat of the moment, there’s no way we’ll be confronted with this sort of sustained mayhem.

Jarome Luai opens up about THAT social media post after the Blues lost last year

The Panthers star stunned fans when he posted ‘Chill, All you idiots have work tomorrow morning’ after NSW lost the series last year.

He’s admitted he’s ‘not proud’ of the outburst on Instagram – and has taken on more of a leadership role in the team this time around.

Cameron Munster injury update won’t please Cane Toads fans

Arguably the Maroons’ best player when fit, Munster just told Nine that he’s looking another eight to 10 weeks out – so barring a miracle, no Origin in 2024 for the Storm gun.

A very rare Origin occurrence

Jake Trbojevic and Daly Cherry-Evans are the first club teammates to captain NSW and Queensland since Roosters stars Brad Fittler and Adrian Lam 24 years ago.

The final line-ups are in

No last-minute changes for Queensland or NSW…

1. Reece Walsh 2. Xavier Coates 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c) 8. Reuben Cotter 9. Ben Hunt 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Jaydn Su’a 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Harry Grant 15. Moeaki Fotuaika 16. J’Maine Hopgood 17. Selwyn Cobbo

1. James Tedesco 2. Brian To’o 3. Stephen Crichton 4. Joseph Suaalii 5. Zac Lomax 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Jake Trbojevic (c) 9. Reece Robson 10. Payne Haas 11. Liam Martin 12. Angus Crichton 13. Cameron McInnes 14. Isaah Yeo 15. Haumole Olaukau’atu 16. Spencer Leniu 17 Hudson Young

Phil Gould predicts the result

The most successful Blues coach of all time is predicting a NSW win – but judging by his margin, he’s not exactly confident.

A special treat for some fans as supporters start filling the ground

Here’s proof that it pays to get to your seats early – and not just because the beer queue is almost non-existent.

Blues debutant Zac Lomax is pictured below taking a selfie with some lucky Blues die-hards – and from the looks of the fan’s sign on the extreme right, they might by from his home town of Temora.

Zac Lomax of the Blues poses for selfies with fans ahead of Game 1 of the State of Origin 2024 between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Accor Stadium in Sydney, Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (AAP Image/Mark Evans) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

And now the pre-match motivational speech you’ve all been waiting for

No, not Phil Gould – Anthony Field of the Wiggles, all of whom are Blue in this clip. They’re not even trying to be unbiased here.

Who wants to see Ray Warren commentate his 100th Origin?

Let’s be honest – it’s not the same without Rabs behind the microphone. Not even close. Today’s commentators – whether you watch Nine or Fox – just don’t stack up.

And now the man himself has come clean on whether he’ll ever do footy fans a favour and call a NSW vs Queensland clash for the first time since 2021…

NSW Premier Chris Minns makes a cheeky bet with Queensland’s Steven Miles

It’s become a bit of an Origin tradition for the premiers to up the stakes on game day – and this year, instead of the loser having to fly the other state’s flag from a landmark, Chris Minns is after something a bit more personal and embarrassing from his opposite number.

Fletch asks the Blues the tough questions… and gives Angus Crichton the finger

Bryan Fletcher has got hold of a few NSW stars to drill down into the tactics the team will be using tonight… not.

What happens if Maguire’s bench strategy backfires?

Unlike the Maroons, who have Selwyn Cobbo to cover any injuries in the back line, the Blues have gone with nothing but muscle on the bench – but if disaster strikes, Raiders back-rower Hudson Young has confirmed he’ll be the man to plug the hole by shifting to the centres.

KATOOMBA, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 01: Hudson Young warms upduring a New South Wales Blues State of Origin training session at Blue Mountains Grammar School on June 01, 2024 in Katoomba, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

What’s the weather doing?

NSW have named a bench full of forwards and all indications point to them adopting Michael Maguire’s favoured power game tonight – so they’ll be doing rain dances in the sheds, hoping for a slippery surface that will turn the game into more of a slog and help take the edge off Queensland’s pace advantage in the backs.

The forecast is currently predicting a 90 per cent chance of rain – but as I write, there’s none falling within cooee of Accor Stadium.

Carl Webb inspires the Maroons after his tragic death aged 42

After helping the Maroons kickstart an era of dominance when he last starred for them almost 20 years ago, Webb is still having a big influence on the way Queensland play – as revealed by Reuben Cotter, who has his work cut out for him against a big NSW pack tonight.

A blast from the past with Jarome Luai and Nicho Hynes

The Blues are running with an untested halves combination in the absence of the injured Nathan Cleary – but as you can see, Hynes and Luai aren’t exactly strangers on the footy field, having played together in their younger days.

G’day and welcome – Origin is back!

Thanks for joining us for our live coverage of all the action as the Blues try to avenge last year’s 2-1 series defeat to the Cane Toads and Michael Maguire makes his Origin coaching debut against Maroons maestro Billy Slater.

From team news to the latest scores, controversies and social media reaction, we’ll have you covered as the Cockroaches find themselves in the unusual position of being underdogs.

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