On a day when Renshaw fell for just 21 after catching a bottom edge off Nathan Lyon, it was left to the Bulls' tail to show him how it's done at Canberra's Manuka Oval.

NSW were 0-33 at stumps on Saturday's second day after claiming a 19-run first-innings lead when Queensland were dismissed for 260.

Blues openers Daniel Hughes (12) and Nick Larkin (20) were unbeaten at stumps.

It could have been a very different situation had Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins put Queensland to the sword after having them in big trouble at 7-146.

Instead, Queensland put on 114 for the final three wickets with Michael Neser (62) and No.9 Mark Stekete (41) - who smashed 17 off one Lyon over - providing stubborn resistance.

In stark contrast, Renshaw failed to make the most of the second life he was gifted after being dropped late on day one and push for an Australian recall this summer.

Lyon was impressive in tearing through the Bulls' top order but copped some late heavy treatment to finish with 4-83 while Cummins took 3-41.

The Bulls also have concerns over paceman Brendan Doggett who did not take the field for NSW's second dig after he had earlier required a runner during his innings.