NSW overpowered Queensland 12-8 in game one of the State of Origin at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.
Knights' Darius Boyd was Queensland’s star, scoring all eight of the team's points.
Boyd opened the score for Queenland with a try in the corner before crossing the line a second time in the 58th minute.
The early try meant Boyd had scored the more first-half tries than any other player in Origin history, with a total of 11.
His second try earned him equal place with Queensland teammate Greg Inglis as the most prolific tryscorer in Origin history with 14 tries.
Knights' Beau Scott also represented NSW in the number 11 jersey playing a crucial part in the winning team's defence.
Scott has been charged with a Grade 1 dangerous throw, however with an early plea he won't miss a game. Scott has until noon on Thursday to decide if he accepts or challenges the charge.
UPDATE: Scott has accepted the early plea for a grade one dangerous throw and is free to play in Sunday's game. Both Scott and Boyd will be assessed by the medical staff upon their return to Newcastle.
NSW: 12 (T: B Morris, Hayne, G: Hodkinson 1/2, P: 1/1)
Queensland: 8 (T: Boyd 2, G: Thurston 0/2)
New South Wales was defeated by the Queensland 20-18 in a tight U16s Origin curtain raiser match at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The U16 NSW side featured Knights Harold Matthews players Matt Cooper, Brendan O’Hagan, Tom Starling, Brodie Jones and Kurtis Dark in its line up.
Queensland was first to put pionts on the score board after a try by Smith in the second minute.
NSW returned 10 minutes in with a try from Newcastle Knights' Kurtis Dark that was converted by his Harold Matthews teammate Brendan O'Hagan.
Following tries by Hopoate and Staggs were also succesfully converted by O'Hagan to bring NSW's final score to 18.
Yet, Queensland proved too strong with tries by Smith, Chapman, Ketia Opo and Tuala and conversions by Tatipata taking the team's score to 20.
Queensland 20 (T: S Smith, J Chapman, S Ketia Opo, E Tuala, G: S Tatipata 2/4)
NSW 18 (T: K Dark, S Hopoate, K Staggs, G: B O'Hagan 3/3)
(Photo credit: NSW Rugby League)