New South Wales Beats Queensland 14-6 in State of Origin Opener

New South Wales beat Queensland 14-6 in the opening game of Australian rugby league’s State of Origin last night as it seeks to end a run of seven straight series defeats.

Jarryd Hayne and Michael Jennings scored tries and James Maloney kicked six points for New South Wales, which led 14-0 at halftime. It was the Blues’ third straight win against the Maroons at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium.

Queensland, which has won 15 of the 22 matches since starting its unprecedented streak of series victories in 2006, got a try from Darius Boyd, which was converted by Cameron Smith.

The crowd of 80,380 was a record for the opening game of the series, eclipsing the mark of 72,773 set in 2006.

Queensland hosts Game 2 on June 26 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane before the best-of-three Australian interstate contest concludes July 17 in Sydney.

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