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Jennings' try an Origin great

Michael Jennings says he knew the State of Origin opener could hinge on a piece of individual brilliance and he was able to produce it.
Jennings' try an Origin great
by AAP

By James MacSmith

SYDNEY, June 6 AAP - Michael Jennings says he knew the State of Origin opener could hinge on a piece of individual brilliance and he was able to produce it.

The NSW centre beat half of the Queensland team with some incredible footwork to score four minutes out from halftime and deliver the Blues a 14-0 lead. It was one they would never relinquish.

Origin games are often won and lost on a brilliant individual display, so often produced by the Maroons over the past seven years, and Jennings said that was something he was keenly aware of as he set sail for the line.

"The main focus was trying to get over that line, you treat it as just another line that's all I was looking at, that is all I am concentrating on," Jennings told AAP.

"Everything is about getting over that line and I was very happy to be able to do that and contribute to the win. I have always had the confidence in my ability to do that."

Jennings paid credit to the Blues forwards for laying a platform from which their backline could capitalise on in the 14-6 win, the first game one win since 2008.

"The boys are really passionate about what we are doing and I think you saw that out there. We played with a lot of heart out there," Jennings said.

"The forwards led the way, they took the pressure off. They were great getting us out of our end zone again and again and again. That really took some of the pressure off."

Last Origin series Jennings was plucked out of reserve grade by then NSW coach Ricky Stuart to play for the Blues.

"Last year was last year, that is all in the past now," Jennings said.

"I'm at a new club now and I'm really enjoying my football and that is all I can ask for. But now as far as NSW is concerned we have to back this up."


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