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Emma Tonegato’s debut year in rugby league continues to get better.

After taking out the Dally M Medal, the cross-code star hit back for NSW to give her state the early lead against Queensland in the opening State of Origin match in Canberra.

The former Sevens star, who won Olympic gold at Rio in 2016, delivered the ultimate F-bomb during a half-time interview with Channel 9.

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It was a lighthearted moment after an intense, quick first-half, where Tonegato was pivotal in NSW taking a 14-10 lead into the sheds.

Earlier, off-contract back-rower Destiny Brill stormed onto a short ball from her hooker and barged over to score.

Brill’s try came after Tonegato — the former Olympic gold medallist — was held up over the line.

But there was no denying Tonegato a second time, as the fullback somehow managed to put the ball down after storming onto a grubber and grounding the ball.

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Tarryn Aiken celebrates with teammates after scoring a try against NSW at GIO Stadium on June 24, 2022 in Canberra, Australia. Photo: Getty Images
Tarryn Aiken celebrates with teammates after scoring a try against NSW at GIO Stadium on June 24, 2022 in Canberra, Australia. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Kirra Gibb then extended the Blues’ lead out beyond a converted try when she did it all herself and managed to easily step past fullback Tamika Upton.

Tarryn Aitken managed to close the margin when the NSW defence held off her and the skilful playmaker held the ball in two hands and scored from close range.

But a penalty to playmaker Rachael Pearson extended the Blues’ lead out to 14-10 at half-time.

NSW is hoping to avoid a third consecutive series defeat as Queensland looks to pile on the misery in the 2022 women’s State of Origin clash.

The Maroons stole the chocolates last year in a nailbiting 8-6 victory and continued the theme of close margins between the two sides.

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TEAMS

NSW:1. Emma Tonegato, 2. Yasmin Clydsdale, 3. Jessica Sergis, 4. Isabelle Kelly, 5. Tiana Penitani, 6. Kirra Dibb, 7. Rachael Pearson, 8. Simaima Taufa, 9. Keeley Davis, 10. Millie Boyle, 11. Kezie Apps (c), 12. Shaylee Bent, 13. Hannah Southwell.

Interchange: 14. Quincy Dodd, 15. Sarah Togatuki, 16. Caitlan Johnston, 17. Olivia Kernick

QLD: 1. Tamika Upton, 2. Emily Bass, 3. Evania Pelite, 4. Shenae Ciesiolka, 5. Julia Robinson, 6. Tarryn Aitken, 7. Ali Brigginshaw (c), 8. Chelsea Lenarduzzi, 9. Brittany Breayley-Nati, 10. Shannon Mato, 11. Tallisha Harden, 12. Tazmin Gray, 13. Destiny Brill

Interchange: 14. Lauren Brown, 15. Jessika Elliston, 16. Stephanie Hancock, 17. Tiana Raftstrand-Smith

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