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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Blues claim Origin series with final-minute try


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The Blues have claimed the 2019 State of Origin series 2-1 after a thrilling final-minute James Tedesco try sealing a 26-20 victory in front of a sell-out home crowd in Game 3.

Tedesco was named Player of the Series after his stunning efforts in each game for NSW, but it was his heroics in the decider which carried the Blues home for their first back-to-back Origin series win since 2005.

The NSW no.1 finished off an incredible play in the dying moments of Game 3 to ignite the 82,565 fans at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

"I don't htink you could have written a better script to end this series," Blues skipper Boyd Cordner said post-game.

"It's an amazing feeling to wrap up this series.

"It wasn't the way we wanted to finish the game I don't think but look, we got the win.

"We sure showed some character and some resolve and we really worked hard for each other."

NSW were on the scoreboard first courtesy of a penalty in front of goal, and the Blues opted for the easy two points despite seemingly having Queensland slightly on the back foot.

It was a mostly tense opening 10 minutes, with neither team getting clear-cut chances, and both teams' backs, including Queensland's new no.1 Cameron Munster looking comfortable under the high ball.

It took a clever kick on third tackle from Corey Norman to get the first four points of the decider.

At second receiver, Norman ran to the line before poking through a little grubber behind the NSW line for Felise Kaufusi to collect and plant it.

Maroons draw first blood

Ethan Lowe took his chance to get Queensland a converted try in front with the 10th penalty of the night awarded to the visitors, and Lowe nailed the penalty goal.

The Queensland lead didn't last long though. After a line-break, James Tedesco found some space to trot inside the Maroons' half and with the help of some back-to-back penalties, Paul Vaughan muscled his way over off a short pass from Damien Cook, levelling the scoreboard with five minutes before halftime.

Maroons no.7 Daly Cherry-Evans tried to squeeze in a field goal before the siren buthe was unsuccessful and the decider remained locked at 8-8 at the break.

Nine commentators Phil Gould and Paul Vautin commented that the officiating was noticeably more active in the decider than in previous games of the series. At halftime the penalty count was 7-5 (12 total) in NSW's favour, far surpassing the total of 8 penalties in Game 1 and 13 in Game 2.

"The referees are interfering the game tonight," Gould pointed out.

"They seem happy to blow the whistle tonight. And to be honest some of the penalties have been bewildering," Vautin said.

"They're going to ruin the game if they keep it up. "

Tedesco goes it himself

To start the second half Will Chambers threatened to strike for Queensland, weaving through some flimsy NSW defence, only to be undone by a subtle knock-on as Jack Wighton made the tackle to bring Chambers down.

There was a concerning moment soon after when Michael Morgan was forced off after a freak collision with the arm of Josh McGuire while attempting a tackle. Morgan was instantly knocked out and was twitching on the ground after the hit. Thankfully he walked off escorted by trainers, and David Fifita was called up off the bench.

The injury momentarily halted play but the Blues were slowly gaining momentum.

When Kaufusi was penalised for hand on the ball, NSW were given prime position to mount an attack, which Tedesco gladly took full advantage of. The Blues fullback turned on the jets after Cherry-Evans was caught rushing up, and ran over Dane Gagai to slide into the left corner and put NSW back in front.

Cook turns on the jets

Gagai would suffer further humiliation when not once but twice he was stripped by Cameron Murray and then Wighton as NSW continued to keep Queensland deep within their own half.

The Blues then took the biggest lead of the night when Cook side-stepped left and right in a dizzying 40-metre run around the tiring Queensland pack to score a scintillating try. Josh Addo-Carr almost had another in the corner only for Wighton to be ruled to have knocked it on in the process of the off-load.

As NSW's Wade Graham came off with a hamstring injury with just over 10 minutes left in the game, the pendulum shifted again.

Morgan's ugly collision

Tyson Frizell was penalised for taking out a Maroons player attempting to leap for a Cherry-Evans kick in front of the uprights, allowing Queensland to reset.

McGuire kept Queensland's hopes alive with the sheer momentum of his bulky frame carrying him over the try-line.

Then the entire ANZ Stadium fell silent when debutant Lowe successfully charged down a Maloney kick to put the Maroons on the front foot again.

McGuire keeps Maroons alive

Maloney was caught out of position on the line and Josh Papalii walked in unchallenged to score to make it 20-20 with minutes to go.

Just as golden point looked inevitable Blake Ferguson found space along the right touch-line, and deftly kept his toes in the field of play before off-loading to Tedesco to race in an score the game-wining try for NSW.

The full-time whistle blew before Queensland had any time to reply, and the 2019 series went to the Blues.

The Blues have claimed the 2019 State of Origin series 2-1 after a thrilling final-minute James Tedesco try sealing a 26-20 victory in front of a sell-out home crowd in Game 3.

Tedesco was named Player of the Series after his stunning efforts in each game for NSW, but it was his heroics in the decider which carried the Blues home for their first back-to-back Origin series win since 2005.

The NSW no.1 finished off an incredible play in the dying moments of Game 3 to ignite the 82,565 fans at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

"I don't htink you could have written a better script to end this series," Blues skipper Boyd Cordner said post-game.

"It's an amazing feeling to wrap up this series.

"It wasn't the way we wanted to finish the game I don't think but look, we got the win.

"We sure showed some character and some resolve and we really worked hard for each other."

NSW were on the scoreboard first courtesy of a penalty in front of goal, and the Blues opted for the easy two points despite seemingly having Queensland slightly on the back foot.

It was a mostly tense opening 10 minutes, with neither team getting clear-cut chances, and both teams' backs, including Queensland's new no.1 Cameron Munster looking comfortable under the high ball.

It took a clever kick on third tackle from Corey Norman to get the first four points of the decider.

At second receiver, Norman ran to the line before poking through a little grubber behind the NSW line for Felise Kaufusi to collect and plant it.

Maroons draw first blood

Ethan Lowe took his chance to get Queensland a converted try in front with the 10th penalty of the night awarded to the visitors, and Lowe nailed the penalty goal.

The Queensland lead didn't last long though. After a line-break, James Tedesco found some space to trot inside the Maroons' half and with the help of some back-to-back penalties, Paul Vaughan muscled his way over off a short pass from Damien Cook, levelling the scoreboard with five minutes before halftime.

Maroons no.7 Daly Cherry-Evans tried to squeeze in a field goal before the siren buthe was unsuccessful and the decider remained locked at 8-8 at the break.

Nine commentators Phil Gould and Paul Vautin commented that the officiating was noticeably more active in the decider than in previous games of the series. At halftime the penalty count was 7-5 (12 total) in NSW's favour, far surpassing the total of 8 penalties in Game 1 and 13 in Game 2.

"The referees are interfering the game tonight," Gould pointed out.

"They seem happy to blow the whistle tonight. And to be honest some of the penalties have been bewildering," Vautin said.

"They're going to ruin the game if they keep it up. "

Tedesco goes it himself

To start the second half Will Chambers threatened to strike for Queensland, weaving through some flimsy NSW defence, only to be undone by a subtle knock-on as Jack Wighton made the tackle to bring Chambers down.

There was a concerning moment soon after when Michael Morgan was forced off after a freak collision with the arm of Josh McGuire while attempting a tackle. Morgan was instantly knocked out and was twitching on the ground after the hit. Thankfully he walked off escorted by trainers, and David Fifita was called up off the bench.

The injury momentarily halted play but the Blues were slowly gaining momentum.

When Kaufusi was penalised for hand on the ball, NSW were given prime position to mount an attack, which Tedesco gladly took full advantage of. The Blues fullback turned on the jets after Cherry-Evans was caught rushing up, and ran over Dane Gagai to slide into the left corner and put NSW back in front.

Cook turns on the jets

Gagai would suffer further humiliation when not once but twice he was stripped by Cameron Murray and then Wighton as NSW continued to keep Queensland deep within their own half.

The Blues then took the biggest lead of the night when Cook side-stepped left and right in a dizzying 40-metre run around the tiring Queensland pack to score a scintillating try. Josh Addo-Carr almost had another in the corner only for Wighton to be ruled to have knocked it on in the process of the off-load.

As NSW's Wade Graham came off with a hamstring injury with just over 10 minutes left in the game, the pendulum shifted again.

Morgan's ugly collision

Tyson Frizell was penalised for taking out a Maroons player attempting to leap for a Cherry-Evans kick in front of the uprights, allowing Queensland to reset.

McGuire kept Queensland's hopes alive with the sheer momentum of his bulky frame carrying him over the try-line.

Then the entire ANZ Stadium fell silent when debutant Lowe successfully charged down a Maloney kick to put the Maroons on the front foot again.

McGuire keeps Maroons alive

Maloney was caught out of position on the line and Josh Papalii walked in unchallenged to score to make it 20-20 with minutes to go.

Just as golden point looked inevitable Blake Ferguson found space along the right touch-line, and deftly kept his toes in the field of play before off-loading to Tedesco to race in an score the game-wining try for NSW.

The full-time whistle blew before Queensland had any time to reply, and the 2019 series went to the Blues.

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