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The VB NSW Blues have opened the 2014 Origin series with a 12-8 win over the Queensland Maroons at Suncorp Stadium, including a monster try to Eels and Blues fullback Jarryd Hayne.

The Maroons struck early in front of a vocal Queensland crowd, as winger Darius Boyd snuck through on the left edge to open up a 4-point lead.

But with Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne playing a key role in attack, the Blues managed to capitalise on a reshuffle to the Maroons line-up and dominate the rest of the opening half. 

Queensland halfback Cooper Cronk left the field in just the tenth minute with a suspected broken arm from an awkward tackle, leaving Daly Cherry-Evans to step into the playmaking role.

Hayne provided the crucial offload to send Brett Morris away and over for the Blues’ first try, shaking off a shoulder complaint to return to the field. And with an opportunity close to the line Hayne manoeuvred through three Queensland defenders to roll out of a tackle and place the ball over the tryline. 

With the help of a Hodkinson penalty goal, the Blues headed to the sheds at halftime with a less-than-comfortable 10-4 lead.

Momentum swung sharply after the break, as the Maroons took advantage of a slowing Blues side and narrowed the gap with a Greg Inglis play to Darius Boyd for his second of the night.

Field position see-sawed with both sides having chances close to the line: Boyd was held up in a Brett Morris tackle as he attempted to make it a hat trick in the left corner, and Hayne grounding a Thurston grubber to defuse a potential Queensland try in the final minutes. 

And with Queensland gifted a penalty and final play after the full-time siren, the Blues held on to open the series with a 12-8 win.

NSW VB Blues - 12 (B. Morris, Hayne. Hodkinson: 2/2 penalty goals)

XXXX Queensland Maroons - 8 (Boyd 2).

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