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I’ve been to Old Trafford and seen Manchester United come from 3-1 down with only eight minutes left to level an important European Champions League fixture, and I was there when Danny Green knocked-out boxing icon Roy Jones jnr in the first round, but I have to say up until Wednesday night I had never experienced something quite like a State of Origin clash at Suncorp Stadium.

When that ‘Queenslander’ chant explodes into life, the whole place shakes; it is awe-inspiring. I can only imagine what it feels like for the players in the Maroon jerseys on the field. I would argue it is up there with one of the loudest and intense chants in world sport. It is something that needs to be experienced first-hand to be appreciated. 

Congratulations to Queensland for taking the first game, but NSW gave them one hell of a contest.  

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Game One of the 2011 Harvey Norman State of Origin Series claimed the title of the highest rating program this survey year so far, after an average of 2,236 million viewers. The match was the second highest rating Origin game of all time.

Updated Team Lists

Official View Refs backing themselves in 2011 Columnists

You can now access all our opinion writers in the one location!  Each week their latest column will be featured and you can find them all here.

Peter Sterling: Sterling Gold – Why Hayne should stay at fullback

Leila McKinnon: In Touch – The ultimate Origin game.

Trent Barrett: Inside Word – back the Blues for Game II

Graham Murray: Coach’s Box – Gutsy Griffin to be commended

Matt Russell: Next Gen – Raiders rewarded for Toyota Cup faith

Steve Mascord: On the Road – Origin snubbing did not inspire Hayne

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Injuries won’t hurt us: Wesser

Bulldogs to end losing streak: Stagg

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