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NSW winger Josh Addo-Carr.

Telstra Tracker records from last year's State of Origin series were smashed in the 2020 opener on Wednesday.

Man of the Match Daly Cherry-Evans noted post-match how "different" the fast-paced contest was under the six-again rule - and the statistics give a snapshot of the intensity.

Queensland may have prevailed 18-14, but it was a Blue-wash across the four Telstra Tracker metrics from the Adelaide Oval.

As was announced during Channel Nine's broadcast, NSW winger Josh Addo-Carr - the NRL's fastest man - hit the top speed of the match with 36.7km/h in the first half when chasing a kick.

With that he easily surpassed his mark of 35.9km/h - the top speed of the 2019 series followed by Tom Trbojevic's 35.5km/h.

But perhaps most impressive was the performance of forward Jake Trbojevic, who produced an equal high of 41 high-speed efforts (bursts of 20km/h or more) alongside teammate Jack Wighton.

Small, speedy outside backs have traditionally dominated the high-speed efforts category. Queenslanders Moses Mbye and Corey Oates topped last year's series with 40 apiece.

For Trbojevic, a 107kg lock, to stand at the top of the pile in an Origin match was a remarkable display.

Blues halves Nathan Cleary and Luke Keary covered the equal-most distance with 9.3km, surpassing Cleary's bar of 9.1km last series.

Keary also played at the highest intensity on debut in terms of metres per minute, averaging 130. Ex-NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce's 119 metres per minute was the best return last series.

Cameron Murray (133) pipped Keary but the Blues forward was only on the field fleetingly before suffering a hamstring injury.

Meanwhile, Cleary averaged 129 metres per minute with Queensland pivot Cameron Munster (123) behind him.

Other strong results for the Maroons included centre Dane Gagai (35 high-speed efforts, third-most), winger Phillip Sami (33.2km/h, third-highest) and Munster again (8.7km, third-most).

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