Dane Gagai of the Maroons celebrates scoring a try with his team mates during game two of the State Of Origin series.© Getty Images Dane Gagai of the Maroons celebrates scoring a try with his team mates during game two of the State Of Origin series. A whitewash looms for a refreshed New South Wales side. For Queensland, it’s a further chance to cement a unique and remarkable legacy that’s been building since Johnathan Thurston and Cameron Smith first pulled on the maroon jumper.

Game 2 was simply the opposite of Game 1. Both teams came to play, having been particularly guarded, even by Origin standards, in the series opener.

There were intercept tries, winger tries, a great chase from Tyson Frizell that will go down as one of the great ‘almost’ moments of Origin, halves playing games with opposition defences, and enough twists to make both teams believe anything was possible.

Origin football at its best, in stark contrast to the dire hitup-fest that was Game 1.

Sadly for NSW, with Adam Reynolds’ early departure from the match, it was a case of two against one. Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk were magnificent, and Cameron Smith earned man of the match plaudits for a masterful display of control from the base of the ruck.