Queensland's Origin I game plan turns frustration to elation
Cameron Munster credited Kevin Walters' State of Origin I game plan for Queensland Maroons' fightback against New South Wales Blues on Wednesday.
The Maroons, who lost the series for the first time since 2014 last year, were facing a damaging home defeat as they trailed 8-0 at half-time, having squandered several opportunities to score on the break.
Munster acknowledged his frustration was building after 40 scoreless minutes, but Queensland kept faith with their tactics and it soon paid off.
Corey Oates crossed with a spectacular lunge, before Dane Gagai sprinted clear and quickly added a second, leaving the Maroons' Munster to reflect on a job well done.
"We knew it was going to be a hard, physical game and there weren't going to be many stoppages," Munster told Nine's Wide World of Sports.
"We had to keep going for 80 minutes, keep the ball in play and keep to our game plan. We did that in the second half.
"It was a little bit frustrating at times in the first half - I know I was frustrated. We made a couple of line breaks and we just didn't get the icing on the cake at the end.
"We knew that if we just kept to our game plan in the second half, we could score points. We showed that."
NSW were on top in the first half and scored the only try of the opening period through Josh Morris, but the Blues' Damien Cook concedes they did not turn in a "complete" display.
"I thought we played some good footy but it just wasn't a complete performance," he said. "Credit to Queensland, they came out firing and kept going for the whole 80 minutes."
He added: "It's a hard one. Queensland kept competing - not to say that we didn't, but there were a couple of opportunities there and they took them.
"There was a nice ball from [Kalyn] Ponga there [for the third try] and Gags has scored right in the corner. They played in every corner of the field. Well done to them."