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The Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, the birthplace of Origin, was the venue for the eagerly anticipated decider in the 2015 State of Origin Series. The eyes of the rugby league world were turned to the Southern Hemisphere for what, on paper, promised to be a bone cruncher of a match.

Robbie Farah was missing for the Blues after breaking his hand and was replaced by Michael Ennis while the Maroons welcomed back Cooper Cronk, in place of Daly Cherry-Evans, after he missed the second match through injury. Queensland are without Billy Slater after he suffered a season-ending injury and Greg Inglis was selected to play in the full-back berth.

Queensland were odds on to win the match and take the series, but were only -2 on the handicap coupon. Even the bookies were struggling to pick a winner.

New South Wales took an early lead on four minutes after Nate Myles held down Aaron Woods at the play the ball directly under his own sticks. Trent Hodkinson kicked the simplest of goals for a 2-0 advantage.

On eight the sides were level when Woods was the offender in a carbon copy interference on his own line which Johnathan Thurston slotted between the uprights.

The first try of the game came on fourteen minutes when debutant Dane Gagai benefitted from the Maroons keeping the ball alive in a scrappy period of play and the ball finding its way into Gagai's hands off a Blues attempted intercept. Thurston converted from the touchline for 8-2.

On twenty-six Thurston put Josh Papali, just on as substitute, through a gap in the New South Wales defence and he dove over the line, once again Thurston added the extras for 14-2 and it was a commanding lead for Queensland.

Just after the half-hour it was 16-2 as Thurston kicked a penalty after a dangerous throw by Beau Scott.

Minutes later and Trent Merrin and Trent Hodkinson dumped Corey Parker on his head in a spear tackle but escaped with being put 'on report'. Queensland kicked for position and NSW couldn't stem the Maroon tide as Greg Inglis dropped the shoulder and ran the angle to slide over. Thurston made it five from five on the night for 22-2.

It was all one-way traffic but the Blues managed to defend their line for the remainder of the half, taking a twenty point deficit into the interval.

After receiving the kick-off the Blues knocked-on on the second tackle. The Maroons used a couple of tackles before a kick to goal, which looked like it was going to go dead, was miraculously tapped back by Justin Hodges into the hands of Matt Gillett to ground. Thurston's boot made it 28-2 and there was looking to be no way back for NSW.

On fifty-minutes the third Maroons interchange got himself of the scorers list when Michael Morgan powered over to ground the ball from a kneeling position. Thurston made it seven from seven and put the result beyond doubt at 34-2, with half an hour left to play.

NSW were penalised for a high tackle and Queensland didn't miss the opportunity to gain ground and use their tackles before a miss out pass found Darius Boyd for him to slide over in the left corner. Thurston kicked expertly from the touchline to break the record for goals in an Origin match. The Maroons had hit forty and were showing no sign of letting up as they totally dominated in both ball and ground.

There was an hour on the clock when NSW scored their first of the night after a rare passing error by Queensland saw the loose ball picked up by Michael Jennings who went sixty metres to dive over. Hodkinson didn't manage to land the extras.
Fifteen minutes from the end and Queensland got to a record Origin score as they kept the ball alive in the the NSW twenty. Josh Chambers was the player to benefit as he went through an increasingly tired Blues defence. Thurston kicked another from the touchline for 46-6.

Two minutes from time and Aidan Guerra brought up the fifth after a Thurston sixty metre run had taken the Maroons to the Blues twenty. In his last Origin Justin Hodges kicked the conversion for 52-6 and the perfect evening for the Queenslanders was complete.

This was a masterclass from the Maroons who never gave the Blues any chance to play as they totally dominated every aspect of the game. Queensland win the series in the most comprehensive manner imaginable, it is a great day to be a Maroon and one where you'll be keeping very quiet if you are a Blue.

New South Wales: Dugan, Hopoate, Jennings (T), Morris J, Morris B, Pearce, Hodkinson (G), Tamou, Ennis, Woods, Scott, Hoffman, Gallen. Interchange: Merrin, Cordner, Klemmer, Jackson.

Queensland: Inglis (T), Boyd (T), Chambers (T), Hodges (G), Gagai (T), Thurston (9G), Cronk, Scott, Smith, Myles, Guerra (G), Thaiday, Parker. Interchange: Morgan (T), Papali (T), Gillett (T), Lillyman.

Referees: Gerrard Sutton & Ben Cummins
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