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New South Wales on course for first State of Origin victory in nine years

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Thurston's efforts couldn't prevent a New South Wales win
Thurston's efforts couldn't prevent a New South Wales win .

New South Wales made great strides towards their first State of Origin series victory in nine years on Wednesday night with a brave 12-8 victory over Queensland.

The Maroons have won eight straight series thanks to the performances of several of the greatest rugby league players in history.

Many of them were again on show at Suncorp Stadium, but a Blues side, inspired by Man of the Match Jarryd Hayne, edged the game by four points.

Darius Boyd was again on the scoresheet for the Queenslanders, as his early try edged the hosts ahead.

Jonathan Thurston failed to convert, before the Blues soon took the advantage with an outstanding try by Josh Morris.

The Canterbury Bulldogs centre received a classy pass back on the inside from twin brother Brett, before dislocating his arm in the act of scoring.

Morris continued, and the Blues moved six points ahead when Hayne went over after evading three defenders.

The call was awarded after the video referee agreed with the on field referee that Thurston had fallen off the tackle of Hayne.

Trent Hodkinson added a penalty goal to give the Blues an eight-point lead, but the Maroons hit back.

Neat play down the left side saw the ever intimidating Greg Inglis supply Boyd for his second, but Thurston's missed conversion left a four-point deficit for the home side.

The score would remain that way despite a late onslaught from the Maroons.

The best part of the last ten minutes of the game was spent inside the Blues '20', as Queensland couldn't penetrate with New South Wales standing firm until the end.

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