Queensland support wore dismal faces. New South Wales had walloped them in the first half. Queensland was well and truly down 18-6. One could only imagine what was being said in the Queensland dressing room. Queenslander, Queenslander, Queenslander. Motivate, motivate, motivate.
Out they came. Miss Eagle can't remember when she saw a better second-half. The passing was superb. New South Wales was scoreless and it was their turn to be dismal. Read about it here. Now, our well-beloved, Mal Meninga attributes the win to Steve Price and Petero Civoniceva but, for Miss Eagle, she delighted in Johnathan Thurston. Over here, this review makes Steve the top-rated player for Queensland with Johnathan Thurston and that guts and all player, Tonie Carroll, tying for second highest rating. Thurston's boot was magic in conversion and - Miss Eagle had to smile - when she saw him trot out the old Alfe Langer field goal trick. The trick? Take any opportunity to score a field goal. Sure it is only a one pointer but if things get tight and there is a tie that one point is the difference between life and death.
Game 1? Superb.
Is it too much to ask that Queensland makes is three out of three.