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Qld women make it 13 league wins in a row
Wayne Heming
19:08 AEST Wed May 25 2011

Queensland's women took their impressive streak against NSW to 13 straight with a comprehensive 26-0 rugby league win at Suncorp Stadium.

In a curtain-raiser to Wednesday's State of Origin I, Queensland led 14-0 at halftime and ran out winners with six unanswered tries.

The female Maroons had not lost an interstate game against the Blues since they first met in the Nellie Doherty Cup in 1999.

Led by policewoman Kay Murphy, Queensland were too big, strong and fast in their annual interstate clash.

Renae Kunst was outstanding for Queensland, wreaking havoc with her powerhouse runs in the middle and clever offloads.

The Maroons opened the scoring through hooker Natalie Dwyer in the 15th minute, before left winger Bianca Ambrum produced a big fend and sidestep after swooping on a loose ball to sprint 60 metres to make it 8-0 after 23 minutes.

The lead blew out to 14-0 just before halftime when Kunst dragged in two defenders before offloading perfectly to Central United's Natasha Baggow to score near the posts.

NSW defended stoutly and Redfern's Candice Clay was pulled down centimetres short by Queenslanders Stephanie Hancock and Nicole Curtis midway through the second half.

Murphy scored the try of the night for a 22-0 lead, after a Benji Marshall-like flick pass from Hancock to Ambrum put her over.

Hancock, the daughter of former Queensland and Australian forward Rohan Hancock - who played in the first State of Origin in 1980 - was rewarded for her efforts, crashing over for the final try just before fulltime.

NSW had several strong performers including hooker Julie Young and Rebecca Young and Minto's Teina Clark.


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