New South Wales (NSW) won the first game of the 2013 State of Origin as they beat Queensland 14-6 in Sydney.
In the annual series between the two states, converted tries from Jarryd Hayne and Michael Jennings in the first half secured victory for the hosts.
Queensland battled back in the second half with a Darius Boyd try but it was not enough as NSW take a 1-0 lead to Brisbane in three weeks time.
As per normal with the State of Origin, it was a fiery encounter with home skipper Paul Gallen having to now face a nervous wait after being placed on report for a swinging arm in the first half.
Gallen was also involved in a brawl late in the first half after he appeared to punch Nate Myles twice.
The win for NSW means they are one step closer to ending Queensland's seven year State of Origin dominance, and it is the first time the Blues have won the first game of the series since 2008.
The next game of the series is on June 26, before what will either be the decider or a dead rubber is held back in Sydney on July 17.
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