State of Origin headed for a decider after Blues crush Maroons

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
Josh Addo-Carr of the Blues celebrates after scoring a try with James Tedesco of the Blues.
Josh Addo-Carr of the Blues celebrates after scoring a try with James Tedesco of the Blues during game two of the 2020 State of Origin series. (Getty Images)

The NSW Blues bounced back and demolished a hapless Queensland Maroons team in the second State of Origin game at ANZ Stadium.

The Maroons experienced a rollercoaster in the opening moments after losing playmaker Cameron Munster to a HIA before a moment of brilliance from Xavier Coates.

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In just the 8th minute, the winger appeared to defy gravity and planted the ball in the corner to hand the Maroons a brilliant start.

But the next 60 minutes was all NSW.

Cody Walker, replacing Luke Keary as five-eighth, dived over before James Tedesco scored to give the Blues a 12-4 lead at half-time.

The ever-present Damien Cook led from the front as the Blues’ quick ruck-speed and strong kicking game put the Maroons on the back foot.

Josh Addo-Carr was rewarded for his pressure with a try, as was Jack Wighton and Daniel Tupou.

While the Blues’ relentless pressure appeared to take the oxygen out of the game at 28-4, a brawl brought the crowd back to life.

Payne Haas and Tino Fa’asuamalaeaui got involved in a scuffle, in which a punch was thrown, before both were sent to the bin.

Queensland hit back with a Josh Papalii try, but NSW responded immediately with Addo-Carr scoring his second.

The Blues held on for a comfortable victory 34-10 with the decider headed for Queensland next week.

Walker’s Origin redemption

It was a simply sublime performance.

"Cody was on fire tonight," Walker's Blues halves partner Nathan Cleary said.

Walker said he was far more comfortable in his Origin comeback start than on debut last year.

"I didn't have too much nerves last night and today," he said.

Josh Addo-Carr, Cody Walker and Jack Wighton pose after winning game two of the 2020 State of Origin series.
Josh Addo-Carr, Cody Walker and Jack Wighton pose after winning game two of the 2020 State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on November 11, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

"So I just wanted to come out and play some footy, mate, and enjoy myself."

Now, almost six months to the day since copping a two-match ban and $15,000 suspended fine for kung-fu kicking a man in a fight in Casino, Walker will have the chance to complete his redemption story in next week's series decider at Suncorp Stadium.

with AAP

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