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Johns rules as Blues bloody Qld

By Brent Read 25/06/2003 11:01:53 PM Comments (0)

All hail the new King.

NSW captain Andrew Johns took his place alongside State of Origin royalty as the Blues reclaimed interstate bragging rights with a comprehensive 27-4 win over Queensland at Telstra Stadium.

Johns was voted man of the match and afterwards described the victory as one of the greatest moments in his rugby league career.

"I'm over the moon, not just for myself, but the whole side," Johns said.

"It was a great effort, unbelievable.

"It was just one of those nights, everything fell into place. This is the sort of thing you remember for the rest of your life."

Origin was the one mountain Johns was yet to climb in his brilliant career, but the 29-year-old Novocastrian got there.

He executed coach Phil Gould's plan to perfection as the Blues set up victory with a faultless first half, taking a 17-0 lead into the break.

NSW will now head to Suncorp Stadium for the third game gunning to become only the third side from the southern state and seventh in history to clean sweep the Origin series.

Queensland, on the other hand, will be playing for pride and places in the Test side for the July 25 match against New Zealand, with NSW certain to dominate that line-up after the comprehensive victory.

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