An impressive performance has seen New South Wales edge Queensland 22-12 in State of Origin Game One in Melbourne.
In front of a crowd of 87,122 at the MCG, the Blues took a 1-0 series lead after a hard-fought and fluctuating match that saw a number of fresh faces step up to the Origin challenge.
It was billed as the start of a new era in State of Origin.
And while Queensland showed signs of life after the Big Three, the Maroons’ days of dominance may be numbered after NSW claimed the series opener.
The Baby Blues — boasting 11 rookies — came of age against a Maroons side without retired greats, ex-skipper Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk.
NSW was the greenest Origin side in 37 years after unveiling an unprecedented list of debutants under rookie coach Brad Fittler.
But what they lacked in experience they made up with their much-vaunted backline firepower led by a man-of-the-match performance by full-back James Tedesco who scored the opening try.
It capped a horror week for the rebuilding Maroons.