NSW hand Queensland their biggest loss in State of Origin history

It was a bloodbath in Townsville on Wednesday night as New South Wales handed Queensland their biggest loss in State of Origin history.

The Blues were clinical from start to finish and blew the Maroons off the park to prevail 50-6 on the road in the series opener.

NSW previous biggest win against their rivals was 56-16 in the 2000 series, which they won in a whitewash.

Queensland are the defending champions but no team has conceded 50 points in a match and won the series.

It marked Paul Green’s debut match as Queensland coach and the first time Origin had been played outside a capital city.

The Tom Trbojevic factor proved greater than any home-ground advantage as he scored his second Origin hat-trick and set up another try.

Fellow centre Latrell Mitchell was also superb with his own double in his Origin return, while debutant winger Brian To’o also bagged two tries.

The Blues backs were too strong and too fast for Queensland, who weren’t able to take advantage of a one-sided home crowd of 27,533 in Townsville’s maiden Origin.

Key forward Christian Welch lasted just 13 minutes before being ruled out with a concussion, while Kyle Feldt endured a horror debut on his home turf as his side went down 20-0 after 29 minutes.

Feldt ended up on report for a late and high shot along with Moeaki Fotuaika, while Cameron Munster was pulled up for striking Liam Martin with his feet.

The Maroons’ last-tackle options were also poor, while they broke the NSW line just once.

In comparison, the Blues were brilliant.