New South Wales stun Queensland
Jarryd Hayne produced an incredible performance to earn New South Wales a brilliant 12-8 win over Queensland on Wednesday.
Parramatta full-back Hayne was at his very best at the 100th Origin clash at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium and the Blues went 1-0 up in the three-match series.
To do so on away soil means they are now the favourites to win the series and end Queensland's eight straight years of success.
Hayne was the stand-out man on a night when every New South Welshman had to dig deep to repel a Queensland side which found itself in an unfamiliar desperate position.
Brett Morris had to click a dislocated shoulder back in and other players were walking wounded at the end, but ultimately it did not matter.
It had looked early on as if it would be the same old story for the Blues as a tried-and-trusted combination put Queensland ahead.
Jonathan Thurston laid on a move from a scrum and, having gone right to left, Darius Boyd went in at the corner for his 13th Origin try.
Thurston missed the kick and was then missing his half-back partner when Cooper Cronk suffered a broken arm in a tackle.
Losing such a key man was a significant blow for the champions and they were still reeling as NSW levelled the scores.
Hayne ran at the line and delayed a pass beautifully in order to send Josh Morris clear on an overlap. He looked inside to find twin Brett Morris, who scored at the corner, dislocating his shoulder in the process.
He slotted it back in and returned to the field, watching as Trent Hodkinson put his side in front with a penalty.
Tempers then flared after a tip tackle on Brent Tate, but NSW kept their cool enough to be able to score again before the break as Hayne span out of a Thurston tackle to score.
Another Hodkinson penalty kept them moving after the interval and had Hayne not thrown an ambitious offload in the air after a 70-metre break, more points could have followed.
Queensland had settled now, though, and roared back through Boyd, feeding off centre partner Greg Inglis at the corner.
Thurston failed to goal and his side trailed by four points with the best part of a quarter of the game left, and the Maroons promptly set about battering their visitors.
They tried every move in their armoury and were frustrated time and again by some incredible defence.
Hayne in particular put his body on the line and when the home side were unable to get over the line with an injury-time penalty, the celebrations began.