Five straight for rampaging Maroons
QUEENSLAND has won their fifth straight State of Origin series, running out 34 - 6 winners in a spiteful encounter at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.
The Maroons faithful in the 52,452-strong crowd went into party mode as Queensland continued their golden run - a 10-4 win-loss record since their winning streak began in 2006.
A spiteful week
It was going to take something special to take the focus away from the Andrew Johns racial row that had marred NSW's shocking countdown to Origin II - but it became a subplot after Luke O'Donnell's brain explosion.
The Cowboys enforcer was considered lucky not to be sent off in the 26th minute when the match erupted following his ugly spear tackle on Maroons winger Darius Boyd.
He was placed on report - but that may be the least of his worries.
After O'Donnell's shocking tackle sparked an all-in, the fired-up North Queensland forward could be seen headbutting David Taylor as the Queenslander was restrained by NSW's Joel Monaghan.
While O'Donnell appeared to come off second best in the end after Sam Thaiday had finished with him, the Cowboys backrower looks set to have an even bigger headache when he appears before the judiciary considering his NRL rap sheet.
From bad to worse
Not much had gone right for NSW in the countdown to arguably their most important clash in Origin's 30-year history.
And the trend certainly continued from the kick-off.
Days after Johns' now infamous racial slurs rocked the countdown to Origin II, the question remained: "How would the Maroons' indigenous stars respond?"
The fired-up Suncorp Stadium crowd didn't have to wait long for the answer.
In the third minute a pumped Greg Inglis - the focus of Johns' rant that cost him his NSW assistant-coaching gig - had dragged two defenders over to score.
By the 12th, Israel Folau - another reportedly in Johns' sights on last week's Blues bonding night - had latched onto a floating Willie Tonga pass and crossed with one of his first touches of the game to make it 10-0.
Asked how the Johns saga had affected him, Inglis told Channel Nine: "It showed in my game tonight.
"I was pretty upset about it, and it's pretty disappointing."
Cameron Smith gave NSW a sniff when he inexplicably kicked the ball out on the full not once but twice.
Yet by halftime Queensland had crossed again through Darius Boyd (35th minute) to make it 16-0.
It could have been worse. Billy Slater's 31st minute effort was called back due to a dubious forward pass ruling.
It was more of the same in the second half as Queensland kept scoring, and players kept biffing.
The niggling act between Inglis and NSW centre Beau Scott boiled over in the 57th minute when the pair went toe to toe.
But there was no stopping the Maroons juggernaut as they blew out to a 34-0 lead through Tonga (44th), Folau (48th) and Cooper Cronk (62nd).
After Brett Morris was called back in the 74th minute for off-side, NSW finally got on the board through prop Brett White in the final minute, ensuring Queensland did not seal a record-breaking victory over the Blues.
It was the only solace for a badly beaten Blues outfit on Wednesday night.
In another headache for NSW, Paul Gallen was placed on report for a 23rd minute high shot on Nate Myles.
"I told you I was going to get him back," Gallen could be heard saying on the referee's microphone.
3rd minute: Greg Inglis has scored in the corner just three minutes into the game.
12th minute: Israel Folau has scored in the right corner for the Maroons. Converted by Jonhathan Thurston.
23rd minute: Qld's Nate Myles has come off the field after copping two heavy blows to the head. NSW's Paul Gallen was put on report for the second hit.
25th minute: Tensions have exploded and the fists have started flying after Darius Boyd was spear-tackled by two Blues players.
27th minute: Luke O'Donnell has been placed on report following the tackle
35th minute: Darius Boyd has scored Qld's third try. Converted by Thurston.
44th minute: Willie Tonga has scored for Qld just four minutes after the break after some customary magic from fullback Billy Slater. Converted by Thurston.
48th minute: Israel Folau has scored his seventh Origin try after a brilliant pass from captain Darren Lockyer put him over in the corner. Converted by Thurston.
62nd minute: Qld is continuing their destruction of NSW with Cooper Cronk wrestling his way over the Blues line. Converted by Thurston.
79th minute: NSW has scored their first points of the game, with Brett White running in under the posts.