The NSW Blues were dismissed for 143 on day one of the Marsh Sheffield Shield Final in Brisbane on Thursday with Queensland trailing by 85 runs at stumps.
Australian Test quick Josh Hazlewood (1-12) claimed the wicket of opener Joe Burns (20) in the final session with Test No. 3 Marnus Labuschagne, 23 not out, and Bryce Street unbeaten on 14 from 69 balls.
Queensland is 1/58 after 25 overs bowled of their innings at Allan Border Field.
After being sent in to bat, Queensland gained the ascendancy early through some disciplined bowling, particularly Michael Neser who claimed 5-27 from 13.2 overs, and allrounder Jack Wildermuth (4-21).
In promising signs for the Blues, Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon was able to extract significant turn late in the day.
Reflecting on the day's play, head coach Phil Jaques said the team obviously would have liked "a few more runs", but he thought it was a "really tough pitch".
"It didn’t seem like any of the batters were in on it at any stage … and the fact it turned and bounced we are very optimistic that Nathan (Lyon) can have a real impact on this game," Jaques said.
"If we could get a couple of these batters out early, he could cause some real damage."
Captain Kurtis Patterson top-scored for the Blues with a stoic 43 in the first innings.
Play resumes at 9.30am (AEST) tomorrow morning in Brisbane. Live on Kayo Sports, Fox Cricket & ABC Grandstand.