State of Origin: Why Maroons are wrong to target Hayne

"But you'd like to think that the refs are pretty smart and they know that some players push the boundaries and some get away with it".

The format sees club-mates regularly step over the line against one another as tempers flare in Australia's biggest grudge-match.

Despite Inglis boasting 10 extra Origin matches, Hayne can complete this series as the most destructive player in Origin history.

QUEENSLAND captain Cameron Smith is sticking by his decision to retire from representative football this year.

The two teams will recommence this year's three-part war at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on Wednesday, June 21, when NSW will be looking to consolidate their first State of Origin win since 2014 on home soil.

Game One takes place in Brisbane on Wednesday.

O'Neill was possibly the man under most pressure with speculation he could be dropped to facilitate a backline reshuffle that would have allowed Walters to pick Slater at fullback and play Darius Boyd on the wing, with Dane Gagai moving into the centres.

Laurie Daley has rebuffed suggestions his NSW team are on the verge of establishing their own State of Origin dynasty against a teetering Queensland.

"I can't wait for three weeks time", man-of-the-match Andrew Fifita said.

"(Queensland) tried to slow it down previous year", said Daley.

CALLS for their Queensland axing have been echoing throughout the state nearly from the season kick-off but out-of-form quartet Jacob Lillyman, Justin O'Neill, Aidan Guerra and Nate Myles are adamant they will let no one down when they don a maroon jersey on Wednesday night. They gave us nothing in the first half. "So hopefully we can get that out of him (in) game one", Cordner said.

Queensland's much-hyped five-eighth, Anthony Milford, did not make much of an impression on his Origin debut, while the rest the Maroons looked strangely directionless in front of a shell-shocked Queensland crowd.

With Cronk's career in limbo given he has not yet decided whether to play on past 2017, he is well aware this could be his Origin swansong.

Maroons coach Kevin Walter was non-committal after the match when asked if Cowboys talisman Johnathan Thurston would be fit to return from a shoulder injury in Origin II.

EVERYONE knows just how dominant Queensland has been over the past 10 years in State of Origin but I really think this is New South Wales' time to shine.

"Queensland are at their unsafe best when they hit adversity", Daley said. "They've shown they can do it for a long time now, and I have full confidence they can get the job done in the second game".

Queensland started brightly and the Bunker was called in to review a possible try to winger Corey Oates in the fifth minute but the Blues began to assert their dominance on the back of a devastating opening spell from front rowers Fifita and Woods.

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