Queensland are 80 minutes away from securing their seventh successive State of Origin Series triumph when they travel to Sydney to take on a fired up New South Wales outfit.
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State of Origin is one of the most entertaining, intense and brutal series of matches played around the world and game two will take place this month.
Queensland are the number one force in the State of Origin at the moment after winning the past six series’ and Mal Meninga and his Maroons will be looking for a record seventh consecutive Origin success.
The opening game of the series was a real blood and thunder affair that had everything - great tries, a bit of a biff and a lot of controversy.
Both teams, as always, refused to take a backward step and the brawl that saw Michael Jennings sent to the sin bin for running 40 yards to throw a punch was testament to that.
But the main talking point was the winning try for Queensland. Video replays appeared to show Maroons centre Greg Inglis spill the ball over the line with his team narrowly leading 12-10.
But the video referee adjudged that NSW hooker Robbie Farah deliberately kicked the ball out of Inglis’ hand and the try was awarded - Queensland went on to win the game 18-10.
The Blues will be fired up for a dose of sweet revenge as they know that their fans will never forgive them if they lose another series without taking it to a decider.
Game Two will be staged in Sydney at the ANZ Stadium on Wednesday, June 13 before the final game and possible decider which will be held in Brisbane at the Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday, July 4.
2012 Harvey Norman State of Origin Dates and Venues:
Game 1: May 23, Etihad Stadium (Melbourne)
Game 2: June 13, ANZ Stadium (Sydney)
Game 3: July 4, Suncorp Stadium (Brisbane)