Blistering Blues win State of Origin Game 2 to Level Up the 2024 Series

Blues legend Andrew Johns said it best, declaring “I’ve never seen anything like it at this level” while Phil Gould described it as “men against boys”

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State of Origin Game 2 has been run and won and it was the Blues streaking away with a stunning 38-18 triumph to level the series at 1-1.

Entering the game in danger of a third straight series defeat after a 38-10 belting in Game 1, NSW turned things around in an extraordinary, record-breaking first half infront of more than 90,000 fans at the MCG.

After the opening 40 minutes, the sides headed to the dressing rooms with the Blues leading by a stunning 34-0.

Blues legend Andrew Johns said it best, declaring “I’ve never seen anything like it at this level” while Phil Gould described it as “men against boys”.

The win has levelled the 2024 State of Origin series, which will now go to a decider at Suncorp Stadium.

The Maroons briefly threatened to make a comeback, with Valentine Holmes (left) crossing for a try. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Queensland tried to launch a comeback in the second half but Michael Maguire’s men were too strong, ending Game 2 with a full-time score of 38-18.

The Blues were in total control for the entirety of the first half, with the Maroons having just the one tackle inside the opposition 20.  as NSW charged out to a 34-0 lead — the largest in Origin history.

The previous halftime record was 21-0 by the Maroons way back in Game 3 of the 1983 series, a game they would win 43-22.

The Blues’ highest first-half score was in Game 1 of the 2002 series, a paltry 21-4 in comparison to this demolition.

NSW now has a chance to replicate its side from exactly 30 years ago, which dropped the opening game in Sydney before bouncing back to win the final two games in Melbourne and Brisbane to claim the 1994 series.

Under-pressure NSW coach Michael Maguire made five changes to his side from Game 1 and it worked to perfection, with the likes of man of the match Mitchell Moses, Latrell Mitchell and debutant Dylan Edwards all playing key roles in the victory.

Maguire’s Game 2 changes were validated in emphatic fashion. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Attention now turns to Game 3 on July 17 at Suncorp Stadium.

STATE OF ORIGIN II TEAMS

NSW BLUES: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Brian To’o 3. Stephen Crichton 4. Latrell Mitchell 5. Zac Lomax 6. Jarome Luai 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Jake Trbojevic 9. Reece Robson 10. Payne Haas 11. Liam Martin 12. Angus Crichton 13. Cameron Murray 14. Connor Watson 15. Isaah Yeo 16. Haumole Olakau’atu 17. Spencer Leniu 18. Mitchell Barnett

QLD MAROONS: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Xavier Coates 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Reuben Cotter 9. Ben Hunt 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Jaydn Su’a 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Harry Grant 15. Moeaki Fotuaika 16. Felise Kaufusi 17. Kurt Capewell 18. Dane Gagai