Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett sprays Blues for Origin collapse

27 June 2017, 01:46 | Kristine Mills

The 29-year-old sees plenty of enthusiasm in the NSW team.

Andrew Johns declared Thurston's injury will needs surgery.

"You've got to be careful that our guys are in the right frame of mind without playing their game before they get there". There's your game plan.

The try went to the bunker with replays showing Holmes perilously close to the touchline as he got airborne to score.

How can I watch it? .

Asked if he was tempering expectations of further Origin dynasties, he replied: "I think Queenslanders love their Origin. There's no way he could continue, which speaks volumes for the way he played on".

The Blues' loss means they will have to beat the Maroons in game three in Queensland to win their first series since 2014.

"Queensland have certainly got to regain the pride lost in game one".

"I think playing rugby league was my sole motivation (during rehab)".

"If you recall your mind back to game three of last year's series, NSW won the penalty count at ANZ Stadium 12-4".

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

"We know they're going to come back bigger and better, like in '14, in game two, they were bigger and better".

The Maroons - whose legendary spine members seemed off the pace overall - still didn't seem capable of finding the knockout blow, but they eventually conjured it due to sheer weight of opportunity.

For the second Origin match in a row Gagai topped the metre count with 186, and busted eight tackles to take his tally to a series-high 19 - three clear of Blues fullback James Tedesco. The ageing Queensland side somehow remain on track for their 11th Origin triumph in 12 years.

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And while Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater - two of the greatest Origin players of all time - return for the Maroons tonight, their presence will do little if the NSW pack dominates like it did in game one.

The Queenslanders, with the experience of captain Cameron Smith (a record 41 matches) were unrattled.

"I can't think of anyone else you'd want to have a crack at that goal", he said.

"It's going to be a war tonight.it certainly makes them more risky", he said.

He's arguably the biggest name in the game but Hayne admits his Origin return was "touch and go" as he battled to find the form to deserve a Blues recall. Anyone can have a bad night, after all, as they had in Brisbane three weeks ago.

IT'S one of the enduring images of the Blues' drought-breaking Origin series win.

The five-tries-to-one blitzing has led to mass changes from Queensland coach Kevin Walters.

"It's a little bit tender, but it's a lot better than I thought it would be", he told reporters outside the Maroons' hotel.

Both teams have been at pains not to provide each other with ammunition, with Boyd Cordner even apologising for not being as provocative as previous Blues skipper Paul Gallen.

"I haven't had to remind them", Daley said. "We'll play the football the referees will allow us to play".

Finally, NSW have the halves combination they sought for a decade. Obviously I wanted to get my shoulder back as strong as possible for life in general.

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

The one-two punch of tries to winger Brett Morris (24th) and halfback Mitchell Pearce (27th) ensured NSW had all the halftime momentum.

When Cronk hesitated in the 14th minute, the Blues pounced.



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