New South Wales ‘rain’ on Queensland’s parade in men’s open

New South Wales ‘rain’ on Queensland’s parade in men’s open

first_imgBy BEN HARRISOn a field that resembled Sydney Harbour than Sunshine Coast Stadium, New South Wales clinched the men’s open State of Origin division with a 3-1 victory over Queensland.The deciding match was robbed of the entertainment spectacle the previous two matches dished up due to torrential rain that swept across the ground during the match.The field was a little bit damp due to an earlier shower but nobody would have foreseen for what was about to hit.In 15 minutes, large pools of water covered the entire surface of the ground.It had a huge impact on the game as players could not drive properly, dump properly or pass a long ball.“It was very hard, very hard to play on,” New South Wales captain Steve Roberts said.“It was just the simple footy that we did that helped. “There was always going to be mistakes and getting the two tries early helped us out and we just had to hold them out.”It was a tough opening period to the match as both teams tried to work the other out.Tim Good scored in the seventh minute and it was at that time the heavens opened.The conditions made it difficult for the teams to play their normal style.As Olympic-size pools of water covered the playing surface, New South Wales were able to grab a second touchdown through Robert Nakhla.The match became slow as players tried to stay on their feet.Queensland had several opportunities to score but the final pass would miss the mark; Trevor Moran’s Superman effort nearly paid off.As the minutes ticked down, it looked like there would be no scores in the second half.However a quick knock-on pass by Daniel Barton to Nakhla saw the winger score and all but seal the match for his side.Drumayne Dayberg-Muir scored a consolation touchdown for Queensland towards the end.When the full-time hooter went, Roberts let out a huge roar and his team-mates flanked their leader in the middle of the field and in the pouring rain.“Very happy with the boys,” Roberts said.“Queensland, credit to them, they always come out and play really hard, they levelled it up at one-all and the boys [NSW] just dug deep in the last game. “The conditions weren’t fantastic but we did what we had to do to get the win.”NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Robert Nakhla 2, Tim Good touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 1 (Drumayne Dayberg-Muir touchdown). HT: NSW 2-0. NSW won division 2-1. There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksSOO men’s open 3last_img


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