May 24, 2012
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Inglis try record as Queensland win opener

Greg Inglis broke a try record to spearhead Queensland to an 18-10 win over New South Wales in Australia's State of Origin rugby league series opener in Melbourne on Wednesday.

The Maroons, bidding for an unprecedented seven straight series victory, clinched a hard-fought win before a 56,000 full house when Test centre Inglis scored a controversial try seven minutes from the end.

It was Inglis's 13th Origin try, breaking former Queensland winger Dale Shearer's record of 12.

But it needed several replays before the video referee gave Inglis the clinching try after NSW hooker Robbie Farah was ruled to have kicked the ball out of his hands in the motion of scoring the try.

Queensland scored three tries to two to take an early lead in the best-of-three game series with the Blues now needing to win the second game in Sydney on June 13 to keep the series alive to the final game in Brisbane on July 4.

NSW led after a sixth-minute try to winger Akuila Uate, who outjumped Darius Boyd to score off Farah's high kick to the right corner.

But the Maroons hit back to lead 12-4 by halftime with Boyd scoring a try double after smart lead-up work by Test men, Billy Slater in the first try and then the scheming Johnathan Thurston.

Centre Michael Jennings left his NSW team a man short when he was sin-binned for running and throwing a punch in a mass brawl midway through the opening half.

While he was off the field Boyd scored the first of his two tries.

NSW got back into the game when Slater fumbled a high Mitchell Pearce kick and scored a converted try three minutes after the resumption.

The game was in the balance and end to end before Inglis scored the decisive try for Thurston's third conversion of the match.

Queensland have dominated the interstate series since 2006, now winning 14 of their past 19 encounters with NSW.

Queensland's coach, former Australian Test great Mal Meninga, extended his record winning run in the Origin to 14-5, more than his legendary predecessors Arthur Beetson and Wayne Bennett, both with 11 wins.


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