Maroons' main culprits in second half surrender

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Queensland manager Billy Slater has 56 monolithic headaches starring into the State of Origin decider astatine Suncorp Stadium.

That's the fig of tackles the Maroons missed successful the 44-12 humiliation by the Blues successful Perth connected Sunday nighttime - the astir by a Queensland squad for galore years.

The Maroons were successful the crippled astatine halftime but the famed Queensland antiaircraft partition crumbled successful the 2nd fractional arsenic the Blues ran successful 5 unanswered tries - respective with ridiculous ease.

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When the Blues mislaid crippled 1 by conscionable a fistful of points, manager Brad Fittler reacted savagely, making a big of changes.

But with a smaller endowment excavation to prime from, Slater doesn't person that luxury and volition beryllium improbable to good tune his squad to immoderate large extent.

Dane Gagai of the Maroons looks dejected aft a effort to Angus Crichton during crippled 2 of the 2022 State of Origin series. (Getty)

The biggest interest helium faces is the defence retired wide, wherever the Blues ran amok successful the 2nd stanza.

Centres Dane Gagai and Val Holmes missed a monolithic 12 tackles betwixt them - and volition look different introspection of their credentials astatine Suncorp wherever the Blues are definite to people them.

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Kayln Ponga astatine fullback made 2 tackles and missed 3 - astir of which led to tries.

Blues halves Jarome Luai and man-of-the-match Nathan Cleary waltzed successful for 3 brushed solo tries betwixt them - tries we don't often spot successful Origin football.

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Queensland did person excuses - they conceded a captious effort and burned up plentifulness of petrol during Felise Kaufusi's arguable misdeed bin stint and the Blues enjoyed the bulk of tract presumption and possession.

But Queensland teams of aged would person gritted their teeth and dug in, not giving distant inexpensive tries.

The Blues present question to Brisbane with each the momentum and each the confidence.

Rookie manager Slater has 3 weeks to crook it astir - and it volition beryllium a immense trial of his capabilities with the clipboard.

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