Panthers purr in State of Origin spotlight

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Penrith had their fingerprints all over game one of State of Origin with the club's five representatives shining in NSW's biggest win over Queensland.

Halves pair Jarome Luai and Nathan Cleary combined to poke holes in Queensland's defensive line all evening.

Brian To'o also bagged a brace for the Blues, as Kurt Capewell scored the only points in Queensland's record loss.

Cleary and Luai brought their incredible 2021 form to the Origin arena, with their clear direction and composure taking NSW to new heights under their partnership.

The playmakers combined through the middle to expose Queensland's lacklustre defence as the Blues raced to their largest win in Origin history - 50-6.

Luai had one try assist, with Cleary having three of his own along with nd a perfect seven of seven off the boot.

Cleary also showed pure Origin resilience battling through several stitches to his right cheek after collecting teammate Tom Trbojevic's elbow in a first half tackle.

In his 10th Origin appearance, Cleary fought through obvious discomfort to steer his troops to a record win over Queensland deep in their opposition's homeland.

Teammate Brian To'o also had a stellar debut, running in for two first-half tries and leading his team with 215 metres and two line breaks.

To'o also became the first Blues representative since 2008 to score two tries on debut, the last being Anthony Quinn.

Isaah Yeo was also impressive for the runaway victors, as Liam Martin also received minutes towards the end of NSW's romp.

Queensland's only points came through Panther Capewell late in the first half, as the regular second rower, deployed in the centres, stepped around his opposite number to score.

Capewell looked the most threatening of Queensland's backs but was ultimately outclassed and outgunned by opposite number Tom Trbojevic.

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