Maroons triumph 18-10 in first recreation of Girls’s State of Origin sequence


Queensland is within the field seat to reclaim the Girls’s State of Origin defend after recording a 18-10 win over defending champions New South Wales within the first recreation of the expanded two-match sequence.

Either side had been error-prone at Sydney’s CommBank Stadium on Thursday evening in entrance of 12,972 followers – the largest crowd for a girls’s State of Origin recreation.

However Queensland’s composure in assault at shut vary helped them maintain off the Sky Blues, who struggled to deal with a mid-game harm to captain Isabelle Kelly.

The win marked the primary time for the reason that NRLW’s inception that both Origin aspect had gained in enemy territory. Now NSW might want to do the identical in Townsville on June 22.

To retain the defend, the Sky Blues should win that recreation by 9 factors or extra, per the factors aggregation system carried out for the brand new two-match sequence.

Kelly copped Julia Robinson’s elbow within the throat as she tried to sort out the Maroons winger simply earlier than halftime and fell to her haunches coughing up blood.

The sport was inexplicably allowed to proceed and, with the Blues down a participant, the Maroons snatched the lead again by means of powerhouse ahead Tazmin Grey and went into the sheds up 10-6.

Kelly wanted the help of two trainers to depart the sector and performed no additional half within the recreation, with second-rower Yasmin Clydsdale shifting to the centres.

The Blues by no means reclaimed the lead, regardless of discovering their ft in assault later within the recreation.

Beginning at lock, Maroons skipper Ali Brigginshaw scooted out of dummy-half after which handed to Tamika Upton, whose cut-out go to Robinson down the brief aspect allowed Queensland to open the scoring.

Robinson had her second after half-time because the Maroons stretched out.

A pre-match hamstring harm to Tiana Penitani had pressured Jess Sergis onto the wing on recreation day however the Sydney Roosters famous person floated infield to assist the Blues hit again.

She stepped previous Brigginshaw and crashed by means of Upton for a attempt to might have had a second had she not collided into Upton as she tried a chip-and-chase within the second half.

At 18 years and 109 days outdated, five-eighth Jesse Southwell broke Brad Fittler’s file to change into NSW’s youngest-ever Origin participant however took time warming into the sport.

She threw an intercept go to Shenae Ciesiolka that led on to the Maroons’ third attempt simply after the break and, together with NSW halfback Rachael Pearson, initially struggled to use stress with the boot.

However she mixed with Emma Tonegato off a scrum play that helped Jaime Chapman rating NSW’s second, after which pressured a drop-out that had the Sky Blues in management.

NSW had left its run too late, although, and couldn’t bridge the hole.

Blues ahead Sarah Togatuki might take into account herself fortunate to keep away from the sin bin after up-ending Keilee Joseph in a harmful throw within the minutes earlier than half-time.

Maroons centre Eviana Pelite left the sector with an ankle harm late within the match and didn’t return.