Good game of footy and it was interesting to see the contrasting styles. NSW had so much more direction due to great kicking and the variation of the halves. (How important are a good 6 and 7 in driving the team around and directing the attack.) anb excellent platform was laid by the forwards. Credit to QLD for their guts and determination - though once they got behind and the lumbering men tired it was tough work for them. Their ability to counter attack and punish mistakes was great. Lockyer is a genius and also drove his team with skill and precision. (Where can Manly get a quality half to do the same for us?????) NSW outside backs were great once the platform was established and Berrigan , Bowman, Sing and Williams were hardly sighted all night, though none did nothing wrong. Weight of territory and field position won the game ultimately. Turning point was the 40-20 kick from Johns that got NSW back in the lead. Johns was outstanding but Kennedy and Anasta played well as did Minichiello and Ryles in particular. The defence of all players was great. Matt King deserves special mention for doing many classy and desperate things in the first 20 in particular. QLD defended well, Thurston tried hard, Lockyer was everywhere in attack and their quick play the balls helped them to get on a run at times. Thorn was solid as were Crocker and Flannery. Ultimately the NSW pack got on top and set the scene for the pacey men out wide to cut the QLDers to shreds. Sets up the series for a Grandstand finish. Sorry Sea Eagles but we will be playing the Tigers at Leichhardt without BK and Beaver and my tip is the NSW side will be unchanged.