The NSW Blues delivered a devastating blow to Queensland last night, taking out the first game of the 2018 State of Origin series, 22-12.
87,122 people attended the first game of the series, that is the fourth highest Origin attendance in history.
In the first 20 minutes of Game I, NSW took the lead 8-0. The Blues went into half time with an 8-6 lead and knew Queensland were going to come out fighting.
Latrell Mitchell and Josh Addo-Carr proved they deserved their spots, both with a try to their name. Along with Jimmy the Jet and Tyrone Peachey, these boys continue to do the Indigenous community proud.
James Tedesco and Tom Trbojevic caused heartache for Queensland, as they also got their names on the score sheet.
KARI CEO Casey Ralph celebrated the Blues victory alongside NSWRL CEO David Trodden and NSW Blues Coach Brad Fittler.
CEO Casey Ralph said:
Last night was a historic moment not only for the KARI Foundation but for Aboriginal Australia. If a young Indigenous child can be inspired and understand we can earn our place alongside other leading Australian businesses, our dream has come true.
All our staff from the past 19 years have worked hard to build the reputation of both our organisations and the NSWRL players and staff have done us all proud.