What you need to know from Origin I
STATE OF ORIGIN I AT A GLANCE
* RESULT: Queensland 18 (tries: Dane Gagai 2, Corey Oates; goals: Kalyn Ponga 3) bt NSW 14 (tries: Josh Morris, Jake Trbojevic; goals: Nathan Cleary 3)
* KEY MOMENT: The scores were locked at 8-8 and despite having centre Latrell Mitchell in the sin-bin NSW looked set to score the go-ahead try in the left corner. But Queensland winger Dane Gagai went for the all-or-nothing play and intercepted debutant Jack Wighton's pass to sprint 95 metres and score. The gutsy play proved the difference in the end.
* MAN OF THE MATCH: DANE GAGAI. The Maroons winger has now scored 11 tries in as many State of Origin appearances. Gagai ran for more metres (256) than any other player on the park, made three tackle busts and had two line breaks en route to scoring two of Queensland's three tries, including the match-winner.
* QUOTE: "For me he was the stand out choice as captain ... what he has been through mentally and to bounce back and show what type of person is, that shows real steeliness and that's what you need in your captain. It's great for DCE to get the reward that some people thought may have avoided him a couple of years ago." - Queensland coach Kevin Walters on Daley Cherry-Evans who he picked to become the Maroons' 15th captain despite playing one game in the past four years.
* TALKING POINT: Who'd play in the Blues halves was one of the most hotly debated questions leading into game one and the duo selected; incumbent Nathan Cleary and debutant Cody Walker failed to leave their mark on the game. NSW coach Brad Fittler has a tough decision whether to stick with the young pair for game two or look back to older heads like Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney.
* KEY STAT: The teams were equal in almost every category but the Maroons prevailed in the only one that matters and the winner of game one has gone on to win 27 of the past 37 series, including eight of the past 10. It also marked the first time since game two, 2003, that Queensland had played an Origin without one of their greats Inglis, Slater, Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston or Cooper Cronk.
* INJURIES: NSW - Nick Cotric (leg). Queensland - Joe Ofahengaue (knee).
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