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State of Origin 2022 Game 1 NSW vs QLD live updates, score, news, start time, teams, Selwyn Cobbo, Jack Wighton tries

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The Queensland Maroons lead the NSW Blues 16-10 in a blockbuster State of Origin series opener at Accor Stadium.

The Blues were rocked early with star lock Isaah Yeo knocked over attempting the first tackle of the game, but he was cleared to continue by the independent doctor.

MATCH CENTRE: Blues vs Maroons, teams, scores, updates, videos

Stunned Yeo plays on despite MASSIVE hit | 00:38

“Drama in the first carry of Origin,” Matt Thompson said on Channel 9.

“If the independent doctor doesn’t see Isaah Yeo, I don’t know what they’re doing,” Ryan Girdler said on Triple M.

Jack Wighton scored the first try of the night, before Billy Slater made an early change bringing Patrick Carrigan on for Josh Papalii and he immediately produced a massive hit.

“Well, he’s certainly made an impact straightaway with that carry then but also in the carry in the set before,” Slater said on Channel 9.

“We know what Paddy is capable of and we wanted Papa to lay that platform for us and he’s certainly made himself known out there.”

Slater also replaces hooker Ben Hunt with Harry Grant at the halfway mark of the first half.

The Maroons were rocked by an injury to winger Xavier Coates, with an ankle injury requiring him to come off.

Wighton MUSCLES over for opener | 00:36

“Xavier Coates is gone,” Johns said.

“He cannot play on. He just took a hit-up then and can hardly run.”

Coates was officially ruled out for the game moments later.

“I’ve just had confirmation from their bench that Xavier Coates will not be back tonight,” Danika Mason said.

“Unfortunately it is all feared what we thought it would be, an ankle sprain, a syndesmosis, and his night is over.”

The Maroons went into halftime up 6-4 after Selwyn Cobbo’s freak try assist for Dane Gagai to score his 12th Origin try.

The Maroons got off to a horror start in the second half with Jeremiah Nanai suffering an ankle injury.

“If you one in north Queensland will be holding their breath,” Johns said.

“This young man this year, … he plays for the North Queensland Cowboys, and he has set the competition alight, scoring tries.”

72ND MINUTE

The Blues set up a grandstand finish when Cameron Murray scored with eight minutes to play.

“And attacking down the left side. The nice 1-2 punch and Nathan Cleary gets forward, change of angle, and then Jarome Luai, in the Harvey Norman Replay, gets a Cherry-Evans, turns in, Gagai going out, and that is the channel that they need to attack , the gap between Cherry-Evans and Dane Gagai,” Johns said.
“This will show it beautifully and Gagai was worried about the outside and Cherry-Evans

comes in.

55TH MINUTE

Kalyn Ponga set up Valentine Holmes for a third Queensland try and made Daniel Tupou look silly in the process.

“They are dominating the Blues,” Thompson said.

“Off the back of the dangerous throw from Stephen Crichton and Kalyn Ponga is the man that is most dangerous down this end of the field,” Cameron Smith said.

“Watch his speed. He gets the ball and he squares up Nathan Cleary who is defending with two hands and a lovely ball onto the chest of Valentine Holmes.

“Harry Grant has a look at the defender and Stephen Crichton is caught in the field and Nathan Cleary is depending on their centers and Tupou and they are stuck defending two Maroons players and Valentine Holmes, that was a mismatch.

49TH MINUTE

Cameron Munster gave the Maroons field position only for Daly Cherry-Evans to score from a scrum.

However, replays showed Blues prop Junior Paulo appeared to have been held back in the scrum.

“If you look at the high shot, he does for a little bit. Is it enough?” Darren Lockyer said.

“I… don’t know. There is an argument for the Blues but it is on the board and we will get the take from Valentine Holmes and they will let it go through.”

38TH MINUTE

The Blues looked to have retook the lead with a try to benched Blues star Junior Paulo, but the bunker ruled an obstruction against Cameron Murray in the build-up.

“Patrick Carrigan, Cameron Murray will go through, keep your eye on Carrigan,” Johns said.

“Yes, right The Blues fans aren’t happy about that call but we see that every week in NRL.”

36TH MINUTE

Selwyn Cobbo produced a brilliant kick back on the in-field to put the ball on a platter for Dane Gagai to score his 12th try in 20 Origins.

“Well, he’s left-handed and left-footed, he puts that on the right boot,” Johns said.

“He’s been playing on the right. The dozen games he’s played in first grade.

“Kalyn Ponga, he loves playing these Short sides, the ball goes to ground. He runs with the ball in his left hand and then his non-dominant foot to get then his non-dominant foot to get the ball into space, create a try.

“Talk about superstars, this young guy here… ..the world at his feet.”

Matthew Elliott was in awe of Cobbo’s brilliance.

“Cobbo… no words, no words, for a kid of that age, to come up with that pick-up, with that kick, in this arena,” Elliott said on ABC Sport

15TH MINUTE

Jack Wighton latched onto a pass from Jarome Luai to show and go and score the first try of the night to prove Brad Fittler’s bold call to start him at center correct.

The movement was started by a brilliant pass from Damien Cook that impressed Blues legend Andrew Johns.

“Just watch the pass from Damien Cook,” Andrew Johns said.

“It is like a bullet. And he gets across three Queensland defenders and creates space on the outside.

“He gets Nathan Cleary straight to the edge of the field and the show-and-go. At this level you get your strike players one-on-one, it’s goodnight. Look at this pass.”

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MATCH PREVIEW

The Blues have made some big changes to their pack as the teams were finalized for the State of Origin series opener, with Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Liam Martin will start with Junior Paulo and Cameron Murray switching to the bench.

“I thought Cam Murray coming back from an operation, I thought it would be better bringing him in a little bit later and I like the balance of Reagan starting and bringing in Junior Paulo a little later,” Blues coach Brad Fittler said of the changes .

“I felt very confident that this was the best way.”

TEAMS

Blues: 1. James Tedesco 2. Brian To’o 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Jack Wighton 5. Daniel Tupou 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Payne Haas 9. Damien Cook 16. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 12. Tariq Sims 15 Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 10. Junior Paulo 11. Cameron Murray 14. Stephen Crichton 17. Ryan Matterson. 18th man: 18. Nicho Hynes

Players cut: 19. Tyson Frizell 20. Jacob Saifiti 21. Joseph Suaalii 22. Apisai Koroisau

Coach: Brad Fittler

Maroons: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Selwyn Cobbo 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Dane Gagai 5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 9. Ben Hunt 10. Josh Papalii’i 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Felise Kaufusi 13. Reuben Cotter 14. Harry Grant 15. Lindsay Collins 16. Patrick Carrigan 17. Jeremiah Nanai. 18th man: 19. Jai Arrow

Players cut: 18. Thomas Dearden 20. Thomas Flegler 21. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 22. Murray Taulagi

Coach: Billy Slater

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