New South Wales ran out of time after being outplayed by Queensland for most of a first State of Origin match in Sydney that will give the England coach, Steve McNamara, food for thought.
Queensland won 28-24 – and it was only as close as that because of two tries in the last eight minutes by NSW. The Maroons had been leading 28-14 at the ANZ Stadium.
NSW, very much second best, had crossed only twice. But then the impressive 19-year-old debutant, Jamal Idris, outmuscled Inglis to go over. It was the highlight of a contribution off the bench from the Canterbury centre that suggests that he could well line up against England in this autumn's Four Nations. Ben Creagh reduced the margin further in the last minute.
McNamara says he will not finalise his team to play France on 12 June until after this weekend's Challenge Cup quarter-finals. "The door is still open," he said.Reuse content