I wrote yesterday that the State of Origin had triumphed because of passion, unpredictability and evenness. We saw examples of all three in the first Origin game of 2005 last night – but the result will reopen a controversy in the game.

The scoreboard shows that Queensland won 24-20 in extra time under the “golden point rule,” and in one of sport’s great ironies, had the QRL view prevailed then the final score would have been a 20-20 draw. And call me old fashioned, but that should have been the final score.

There is something inadequate about a finish to a stirring encounter that is determined by one mistake, in this case a mistake by the Blues half, Brett Kimmorley, that enabled the Maroons Matt Bowen to intercept his pass and score the winning try untouched. But this occurred in “extra time” under the golden point rule.

A full report is on the website here.