Decider for mixed opens
By BEN HARRIS
The mixed opens division will go to a deciding third match after Queensland claimed the second game 6-4 in the State of Origin series at Port Macquarie.
After defence was a no-show in the first game, both sides tightened their line for the second match which resulted in the 10-touchdown match.
But it appeared the floodgates were going to open again after NSW scored inside the 30 seconds.
Australian representative Peter Watkins soon made it 2-0 for the Blues with a touchdown in the sixth minute.
But Queensland woke up from their slumber and scored the next four touchdowns take a two-touchdown lead into half-time.
In a total opposite of last night’s game where any sort of attack was rewarded with a touchdown, both sides struggle to convert their opportunities.
NSW got within one touchdown of their rivals but the Maroons kept them at arm’s length to win and level the series.
Queensland coach Craig Morrow said his team regrouped after last night’s 13-11 loss in game one.
“The first game of the series is always a feeler to see where you are at individually and as a team, and where they’re at,” Morrow said.
“No doubt, like us, they would have discussed a few things last night like we did and it seemed to work for us.
“I think we prepared better, now we know what it is all about. We now have some ideas how they will play.”
It was a thrilling match in the women’s 35s for the second game in a row.
After the two teams had to be separated in a drop-off in game one, a drop-off was needed to find the winner in the second match.
The drop-off went down to three-on-three and it was the Maroons who got the decisive touchdown to claim the game 4-3 and wrap up the series.
But the Blues camp was left smiling after three of their teams claimed series wins.
NSW won the women’s 40s, men’s 20s and men’s 35s divisions.
The Blues took out the women’s 40s match 7-4, the men’s 20s 6-5 and the men’s 35s 7-4.
NSW have won five of the eight divisions.
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