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As it happened: NSW v Queensland

By David Skipwith in Sydney

Published: 7:37PM Wednesday June 13, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

Fulltime: NSW 16 - 12 Qld
A fantastic match which was in the balance until the last seconds.

The ANZ Stadium crowd is going ballistic in celebration as their players rejoice in the win.

Queensland were always in it and displayed the guts and determination that typifies their much talked about team spirit.

Ricky Stuart's men were up to the task tonight after enduring a tense middle period of the second-half where Queensland peppered the Blues line time and time again.

For the Blues, Brett Stewart was outstanding with two tries while Todd Carney really stood up and directed his side's attack.

Greg Inglis, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater were all strong in defeat while winger Brent Tate also put in a huge effort.

tvnz.co.nz will cover the decider in two weeks time but before then you can catch more live scoring updates from the warriors next match against the Sharks from Toyota Stadium, 7.30pm on Saturday.

Goodnight from ANZ Stadium!

75min NSW 16 - 12 Qld
Queensland have been turning the screws but a Dave Taylor knock-on has let NSW off the hook.

Can the Blues hang on to level the series and take it to a decider in Brisbane?

70min NSW 16 - 12 Qld
With 10 to go the Blues are hanging on for dear life as Queensland continue to hammer away at their line.

Michael Jennings just saved the day for NSW by dislodging the ball from Brent Tate's grasp as he looked set to score from another cross-field kick.

65min NSW 16 - 12 Qld
The Maroons have lifted and the Blues look tired and in need of fresh legs.

Queensland have had the territorial advantage and their defence has kept NSW bogged down on their own line.

62min NSW 16 - 12 Qld
TRY! Greg Inglis has scored from a Thurston cross-field kick which was batted back by winger Darius Boyd. Inglis scooped it up to put it down over the chalk. Thurston's sideline conversion was a beauty to make it a four-point ball-game.

55min NSW 16 - 6 Qld
NSW skipper Paul Gallen returns to the fray after a brief spell, replacing Anthony Watmough.

48min NSW 16 - 6 Qld
TRY! The Blues are in again with centre Josh Morris scoring off a Jarryd Hayne break and kick-ahead. Carney's kick is astray to leave NSW 10 in front.

Reports suggest Corey Parker's cut will keep him out of the game for the rest of the night.

4 5min NSW 10 - 6 Qld
TRY! NSW get the one they needed with Todd Carney making the bust before feeding Brett Stewart who streaked 40 metres in for the try. Carney converted to put the Blues six in front.

42mins NSW 4-6 Qld
NSW looked to have scored through Todd Carney but the video referee denied the four-pointer. Cooper Cronk has been sin-binned for holding Carney back. Carney kicked the penalty from in front to level things up.
 
Queenslander Corey Parker has been assisted from the field with a nasty gash down the length of his shin.

41mins NSW 4-6 Qld
Todd Carney kicks-off the second-half for NSW!

Half-time: NSW 4-6 Qld
The first half has lived up to all expectations and this match is shaping up to be another Origin classic.

NSW looked to have the ascendency in the opening half hour yet for all their dominance they trail by two at the break.

Queensland looked to be struggling throughout the half yet always looked capable of striking despite several of their players going down with injuries.

Billy Slater, Justin Hodges and Brent Tate are all in trouble, while NSW's captain Paul Gallen is battling with the knee injury he carried into the match.

NSW dominated field position with smart kicking, often early in the tackle count to isolate Billy Slater who has been forced to run it back 10 times into heavy traffic.

Queensland have targeted two players in particular - 80 minute hooker Robbie Farrah who after 33 minutes had made 34 tackles, and also Uate on the wing who has been spared any misery due to a fantastic defensive effort from his centre-partner Josh Morris.

This game will go down to the wire. Toss a coin on the winner.

Stand by for another great half of football!

39mins NSW 4-6 Qld
TRY! Queensland hit back with Ben Hannant crossing under the posts. Cooper Cronk launched a swirling bomb which Akuila Uate couldn't handle. The bounce favoured the Maroons and Hannant barged over to score. Cameron Smith converts to give his side the lead right on half-time.

25mins NSW 4-0 Qld
TRY! The Blues get first points with a try to fullback Brett Stewart. The Blues spread it wide with a run-around play to the right with Stewart going over in the tackle of Jonathan Thurston. Todd Carney's conversion from five in from touch is wide of the posts.

23mins NSW 0-0 Qld
Substitutions - Queensland's Ben Hannant is on for Matt Scott while NSW's Luke Lewis and Ben Creagh are on for James Tamou and Greg Bird.

Paul Gallen and Billy Slater are both having health issues - the collisions and hits have been enormous in the opening quarter.

16mins NSW 0-0 Qld
The Blues survived some nervous moments when a Queensland try looked certain after Brett Stewart lost possession ingoal but managed to force the ball.

Brent Tate is in serious strife with a leg injury but remains on the park for now, Justin Hodges also looks to be having some issues.

The hits have been tremendous with Nate Myles absoloutely smashing Paul Gallen but Glenn Stewart got one back soon after with a clean shoulder charge sending Myles into the turf.

8mins NSW 0-0 Qld
The opening exchanges have been torrid with Queensland making two unforced errors, while penalties are one apiece...

0mins NSW 0-0 Qld
Queensland skipper Cameron Smith kicks-off to get things underway!

10.10pm
Both sides are out on the field with Queensland recieving the expected chorus of booing while 84,000 people stood to applaud and cheer the NSW team on to the park.

Now for Advance Australia Fair..

10.00pm
Chuck the 'hero dog' who brought down NSW's most-wanted man Malcolm Naden in March, has just delivered the match ball to former NSW skipper Brad Fittler, after being choppered in to the stadium. 

Chuck made headlines when he bit the accused murderer on the arm as he emerged from his Hunter Valley hideaway in the dead of night, allowing police to take him into custody.

The teams are now being announced and are about to enter the playing field before the Australian national anthem...

9.51pm
Seal from Australian TV show  The Voice has just finished his performance of 'Crazy' to rapturous applause, as part of the pre-match build-up.

Earlier tonight the Under 18's State of Origin clash was taken out by Queensland 24-18. Is it a sign of things to come?

The rain which has drenched Sydney all week has finally disappeared to hopefully leave us with a clear night for the match ahead.

ANZ Stadium is a sea of blue with the stands almost packed to capacity with the last of the punters rushing to the bars and TAB's which litter the stadium concourse.

Strap yourself in for a ride!

Pre-match
Welcome to tvnz.co.nz's live scoring updates of the second State of Origin match from ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

It's do-or-die for Ricky Stuart's Blues as they look to avoid a seventh straight series loss to Queensland's mighty Maroons.

While Queensland have a formidable side with game-breakers right across the park, NSW have the bigger forward pack, centres to match the Maroons pairing, and perhaps greater flair on the flanks, but it is in the halves that this game will be decided.

If Queensland's halfback Cooper Cronk and five-eighth Jonathan Thurston are allowed time and space to feed their outsides in the likes of Greg Inglis and Billy Slater, NSW will have an uphill battle on their hands.

Their NSW opposites, Mitchell Pearce and Todd Carney, are men under pressure with many critics suggesting this is Pearce's last shot in a sky blue jumper after several chances in previous years, and Carney needs a big game after a less than impressive debut in Melbourne.

Queensland will be confident, having been in this situation so many times before and will be hungry to wrap-up the series before heading home to Brisbane for the third match, while NSW will be desperate to level things up at 1-1.

Many tipsters are expecting fireworks early on, such is the emotion and tension that has surrounded the build-up to this clash since Queensland's controversial win in Melbourne a fortnight ago.

Expect New Zealand-born NSW front-rower James Tamou to back up his debut with another outstanding display, while he'll have plenty of support up-front with Paul Gallen's shift to lock allowing the Blues to introduce a third prop to the starting 13 in Penrith's Tim Grant.

Add in the likes of Greg Bird, Glenn Stewart and Anthony Watmough and it's clear where the Blues are hoping to find the edge.

While Queensland will miss the injured Sam Thaiday, they also have plenty of grunt in their pack, with Dave Taylor coming into the starting side in his place to provide back-up to the ageless Petero Civoniceva, Matt Scott and wily skipper Cameron Smith.

As always, it should be a cracking game although Sydney's shocking weather over the past week could play a major hand in they style of game we see.

Stay tuned for kick-off at 10.10pm!

State of Origin 2 - New South Wales v Queensland, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, kick-off at 10.10pm.

New South Wales: 1. Brett Stewart, 2. Jarryd Hayne, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Josh Morris, 5. Akuila Uate, 6. Todd Carney, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. Tim Grant, 9. Robbie Farah, 10. James Tamou, 11. Glenn Stewart, 12. Greg Bird, 13. Paul Gallen (C).

Interchange: 14. Trent Merrin, 15. Luke Lewis, 16. Ben Creagh, 17. Anthony Watmough.

Queensland: 1. Billy Slater, 2. Darius Boyd, 3. Greg Inglis, 4. Justin Hodges, 5. Brent Tate, 6. Jonathan Thurston, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Matt Scott, 9. Cameron Smith (C), 10. Petero Civoniceva, 11. Nate Myles, 12. Dave Taylor, 13. Ashley Harrison.

Interchange: 14. Matt Gillett, 15.Corey Parker,16. Ben Hannant, 17. David Shillington.

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