Queensland police players Danny McMah and Scott Donald claim the Origin curtain raiser.
Queensland police players Danny McMah and Scott Donald claim the Origin curtain raiser. Contributed

Maroons win one Origin

FOOTBALL: GYMPIE Devil Danny McMah wore a different jersey on Wednesday when he took to the field, instead representing Queensland police in the State of Origin curtain raiser game in Sydney.

A regular hero in a Devils uniform, McMah made his mark in maroon at St George Illawarra's Jubilee Oval, where he scored two tries while representing the Queensland Police rugby league team.

The game not only acts as Origin's curtain raiser, but as selection day for the Australian police rugby league team.

McMah has already worn the Aussie police jersey and has high hopes for selection again.

He said he's in with a good chance, especially given the two tries on Wednesday night.

McMah's two tries gave a significant boost to Queensland's 20-8 assault on New South Wales. He said it was a good feeling to finally beat the NSW side.

"It's the first time the side has won since 2009," he said.

"It was great," he said.

He said it was a couple of late tries in the last 10 minutes that really pushed Queensland away from NSW on the board.

While he's becoming a common face in representative sides, McMah said he was still nervous before the game.

"It's a big deal wearing the maroon colour," he said.

He said the Queensland team, which had matured over the past couple of years, had been bolstered by big-time NRL players including Nick Patterson, Michael Ryan, Scott Donald and Neal Wyatt.

McMah said this year's team was well-developed, thanks to the quality of the players and the effort from the coach, Sunshine Coast Superintendent Terry Borland.

"It's a really good side," McMah said.

If selected for the Australian team, McMah will travel to Great Britain to represent Australia in a world cup tour later this year.

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