Behind the big plays, these are the performances from some of NSW's lesser-hailed stars that won them the series.
Whilst they weren't the cards he played, Brad Fittler has the perfect balance in his side to claim back-to-back Origin titles.
NSW coach Brad Fittler says intensity and effort will again set the foundations for a vital Blues win in Game Three.
Benji Marshall has completed an emotional return to the Kiwi jersey, helping his side to a huge 20-point win over Tonga.
Queensland coach Kevin Walters strongly believes his side can produce a far better effort in Game Two and close out the series in Perth.
Gold Coast Titans
Maroons and Titans workhorse Jai Arrow will be sent for scans to learn the extent of an ankle injury suffered in the loss to the Warriors.
Under the Suncorp lights, these are the key battles that will deem the winner of the series opener.
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