Well, what a brilliant game of rugby league for a Friday night. NSW were flying out of the first half and started the second half strongly, but a try to QLD against the run of play swung the momentum in the other direction and once that happened, NSW weren’t able to recover.
Brigginshaw was key for QLD, the ability for them to have essentially a third half in their line just opened up so many options and took the pressure off Aiken and Temara. Upton was sensational on debut, she has speed to burn and will no doubt become a fixture of this State of Origin clash for many years to come.
Thank you so much for joining me for this fast and exciting match. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! Looking forward to the day when we get a full three match series for the women’s game, but this was a fantastic contest to witness and will set the stage for an expanded series in the years to come.
Full-time: QLD 24-18 NSW
TRY! QLD 24-18 NSW (Vette-Welsh 70)
TRY! QLD 24-14 NSW (Hanisi 68)
TRY! QLD 24-10 NSW (Penitani 60)
TRY! QLD 24-6 NSW (Hancock 58)
TRY! QLD 18-6 NSW (Aiken 52)
TRY! QLD 12-6 NSW (Upton 44)
Half-time: Queensland 6-6 NSW
TRY! QLD 6-6 NSW (Apps 26)
TRY! QLD 6-0 NSW (Upton 15′)
Hello and welcome to the Women’s State of Origin, or as I prefer to see it, the best State of Origin. It’s been a tumultuous year for women’s rugby league – we didn’t know if we would even get an NRLW comp to follow this year, but thankfully it happened, though I think most of us could have done without seeing the Broncos win yet another premiership. Tonight’s game features incredible star power all over the field. The two captains will be key in this battle – Queensland’s Ali Brigginshaw is a force to be reckoned with, while NSW’s Kezie Apps is a smart operator with plenty of firepower. Of course NSW have won the past four clashes and have been very dominant in this format, but as any State of Origin viewer knows, you never write off Queensland. Especially when they have 10 members of the Broncos’ premiership team within their ranks. It’s sure to be a great game, so let’s get into it!