Live female home state: Queensland Maroons vs NSW Blues in Canberra

The Maroons are coming off back-to-back wins in 2020 and 2021, but face a star-studded NSW lineup in Canberra tonight.

Catch all the action live on our blog below.

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67th minute: Caitlan Johnston sends them scattering like 10 pins and again Brittany Breayley-Nati drops her just before the line.

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What an attempt!! Not. Not trying. Out of play.

Julia Robinson made an incredible capture of a Brigginshaw bomb and deftly discharged it to Shenae Ciesiolka, but both were blocked.

Heart touching.

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66th minute: The Maroons seem too tired to execute any of their moves now, so they turn to a Brigginshaw.

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64th minute: The quilombolas return possession with a coup of their own. Karma?

NSW tries the barge with Simaima Taufa, but she is too late. Maroons coming out of their tryline once again.

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NSW is out of a very dubious pass, and the bunker called it a knock-on

Olivia Kernick was absolutely trying to get past Emily Bass’s tackle and found Tiana Penitani. A try was awarded on the field, but the bunker, which cannot rule out forward passes, decided the ball was released from Kernick before she wanted it.

Wow. Great call.

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63rd minute: The Maroons tried a 40/30, but were not so lucky. It was closer to a 40/20, but I couldn’t. And the Blues are boiling across the field.

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61st minute: Queensland is caught in the latter and returns the ball to NSW on their 20m line.

Simaima Taufa does big meters for NSW, putting them on the Queensland 40m line with momentum. Kirra Dibb follows up with a cunning kick, but the Maroons do great yards behind him.

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Brown hits the pole!

The third shot for Queensland hits the crossbar tonight. Brutal for the quilombolas with this game so close.

NSW leads 16-14 towards the final 10 minutes.

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EVANIA PELITE YOU STAR!

It looked like Tarryn Aiken got caught in the latter, but Pelite brought out his rugby skills, snatching the ball from his teammate like it was a maul and sneaking outside to score in the corner.

Brigginshaw struggled with the distance tonight and has a long shot ahead of him here. But it’s actually Lauren Brown who’s kicking things off.

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57th minute: Queensland reloads after Sergis hits Upton high.

Lauren Brown is held back on the line after a mannequin touch.

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Brigginshaw’s Brutal Bomb

After all that defense, bowing and threatening to break, the Maroons finally make it to the other side and Ali Brigginshaw launches torpedo bombs at Yasmin Clydsdale, who can’t take it. Great opportunity for Queensland.

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Isabelle Kelly was sensational for NSW tonight. (Getty)

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53rd minute: Pearson puts Tonegato in a breach and Tamika Upton stops her.

A little mess! A messy fifth shot ends with Kezie Apps hitting, then she hits Tazmin Gray in an unnecessary shot and stays close. I don’t think Gray liked that very much.

The rest of the players mingling seemed to be enjoying themselves.

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51st minute: Toneato breaks the middle again! She is hit hard by Brigginshaw, but more scythe runs from the Sky Blues.

Emily Bass puts a grubber in her line of fire, and Robinson and Pelite take great shots, but again the Maroons shoot from within their 40m area.

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50 minutes: Nearly a disaster for NSW. Brigginshaw escaped to Yasmin Clydsdale, who tried to get past the barrier of the defending Maroons coming towards her and ended up getting back in goal with Tonegato. It was an incredibly risky pass on her test line (Phil Duke and Phil Sigsworth tones), but luckily for her, Brigginshaw nailed it.

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Record crowd for a Women’s State of Origin match

There are 11,321 brave souls in Canberra’s winter air, surpassing the 2019 record.

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48th minute: Aiken bombs Penitani, who encounters Tonegato, who passes through the middle, eventually taken down by Evania Pelite once more.

Easier feet above the NSW field, and Kirra Dibb rides to Upton. Another Maroons set starts in their test line.

But Brigginshaw takes the pen from Kezie Apps.

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46th minute: Stephanie Hancock failed her HIA, so the Maroons are one woman short.

Emma Tonegato threw a speculative pass, but Yasmin Clydsdale did it sensationally to make the catch.

Tamika Upton breaks the line, but she is held back.

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44th minute: Scary news for Queensland: Millie Boyle is back after a long break.

Ali Brigginshaw has to deal with her twice on this set.

Pearson ends the set by pinning Emily Bass inside the Queensland 10m area. The Maroons aren’t going anywhere, but Lauren Brown finds a few feet in the bedroom. Still, kicking from inside the 40m is Ali Brigginshaw.

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The Sky Blues lead by a converted attempt

NSW is at 16-10 with half an hour remaining.

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