Hard man to bring down ... Andrew Fifita
Hard man to bring down ... Andrew Fifita Bradley Kanaris

Blues powerhouse Fifita named man of the match

NSW Blues prop Andrew Fifita has won the man-of-the-match award in Game I of the State of Origin after a dominant display from the Sharks behemoth.

Fifita scored a second-half try, set up James Maloney to score the opening try of the match and was a constant handful for the Maroons defense all night.

The Cronulla star made 153 metres from 14 runs and seven tackle busts, plus 19 tackles.

Fifita has had a chequered representative career of late, missing the Four Nations tour to the United Kingdom late last year over his support for the one-punch killer Kieran Loveridge.

But he demonstrated what a force he can be at Origin level after clearly winning his front-rowers' battle with Nate Myles and Dylan Napa.

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