Dean Britt scores a try for Queensland Residents.
Dean Britt scores a try for Queensland Residents.

Attacking masterclass gives Queensland bragging rights

QUEENSLAND has brought the Residents shield back to the Sunshine State, after a second half attacking masterclass saw it claim a 36-6 victory over its interstate rivals.

After losing last year's annual showdown to NSW, the Queensland side was yesterday on a mission to enact revenge and that is exactly what they did, scoring five tries in the second stanza to hand their side the win.

A great effort from the forward pack laid the foundations for the team's spine to run wild, with fullback Jahrome Hughes and halves Billy Walters and Kyle Laybutt all key in Queensland's stirring performance.

Hughes helped kick off the second half assault, with a great pass to put winger Delouise Hoeter over in the 47th minute.

Laybutt then found Hoeter again just two minutes later, putting up a bomb for the flying speedster to catch.

The double to the Norths back opened the floodgates with Walters pouncing on a Laybutt grubber in the 56th minute to extend the lead, before Tom Opacic and Mitchell Frei both crossed in the back end of the half to seal the deal for the Queenslanders.

Coach Jon Buchanan said before the clash that the forward battle would be key to a Queensland victory and that was definitely the case in the clash at Langlands Park.

While the spine helped to get the points on the board, it was the entire forward pack who stood up against the big NSW side.

Their defence was outstanding but they also notched up some big metres to get Queensland's attack flowing.

This showed from early on in the first half when backrower Dean Britt crashed over the line to open the scoring in the eighth minute.

It wasn't long however before giant Penrith affiliate Moses Leota responded, scoring in a very similar fashion against the Queensland side.

The rest of the opening half was an arm wrestle between the two packs.

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