Queensland has taken out Game I of State of Origin at ANZ Stadium by one point thanks to a field goal from Cooper Cronk.
The game was tied up 10-10 late until Cronk’s timely kick. NSW had a shot after that but Josh Dugan’s attempt sailed wide.
Queensland fired out of the blocks early. Billy Slater looked to have scored but the video referee ruled it out for a push.
But Cronk gave the Maroons the lead when he darted over.
NSW’s first try was special, Dugan kicking through to find Josh Morris to score.
The Blues started to get on top. Beau Scott’s four-pointer gave the home team the lead.
In the second half Queensland roared back into the contest. Will Chambers finished off a set move.
With the scores tied Cameron Smith tried to grab the winner but he was held up over the try-line.
A controversial penalty gave Jonathan Thurston a long-range shot a goal but he was just short.
Cronk’s drop goal crucially edged the Maroons in front.
Dugan had a shot but couldn’t get in on target and Queensland were safe with an important Game I victory.