Queensland 2 for 40 trail New South Wales 262 (Rohrer 69, Khawaja 60, Walter 5-63) by 222 runs
Scott Walter grabbed five wickets after Chris Swan did the early damage, but Queensland lost both openers to leave the game against New South Wales delicately poised. The Blues were dismissed for 262 late in the afternoon at the Gabba, with Walter capturing 5 for 63 and Swan collecting 4 for 56.
The hosts' good mood dimmed when they slipped to 2 for 40 at stumps. Wade Townsend (9) was caught at third slip off Mark Cameron, who also had Ryan Broad (10) lbw in an important spell.
New South Wales chose to bat and were in early trouble after losing Phil Jaques and Phillip Hughes by the eighth over. Usman Khawaja prevented further damage with a composed half-century, but he fell caught behind to Swan for 60 shortly after Peter Forrest went the same way.
Walter yorked Peter Nevill to leave the visitors 6 for 142 but Ben Rohrer and Scott Coyte reorganised them during a stand of 77. Rohrer moved to 69 before he top-edged Walter to give Chris Hartley his fourth catch of the innings.
Walter had Scott Coyte (48) lbw with another yorker and finished off the innings by having Cameron caught behind for Hartley's fifth dismissal. Nathan Hauritz, who is captaining in the absence of Stuart Clark and Moises Henriques, showed his muscle with two sixes in his unbeaten 23.