Blues create 14-year history in epic win

Match Report - NSW 26 - 20 Queensland | 10 Jul 2019

The player of the match award was given to James Tedesco.

James Tedesco has scored in the final 20 seconds to deliver New South Wales its first back-to-back State of Origin series win since 2005.

"My Origin career has been up and down but this game was just about tonight".

After the refs basically had to force the Blues to stop celebrating and convert the try, Maloney put it through the posts to leave the score at 26-20. "It was pretty special to win the series a year ago but to win it again is magic", Tedesco told the Nine Network.

The dramatic finish ended a run of seven straight defeats in Origin deciders for the Blues, dating back to the start of the Maroons' dynasty in 2006.

It is also Pearce's first series win over Queensland in eight attempts.

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Blues Coach Brad Fitler spoke highly of the team.

It came after Queensland forward Josh Papalii crossed in the 77th minute and debutant Ethan Lowe nailed a pressure conversion to level the game.

Josh McGuire scored a try inside the final 10 minutes to bring the Maroons within six, before Josh Papalii and the boot of Lowe incredibly levelled things with just two minutes left.

Tedesco produced a series of huge plays in both halves of football.

After the bitter blow of losing to Queensland Maroons in Brisbane first time out, a thumping 38-6 victory for the Blues in Game II was a stark contrast.

It's often forgotten that the Maroons went on to lose the 1994 series and those in Tedesco's corner will point out that his four-pointer decided the series with the last play.

Being involved in one of the most dramatic finishes seen in the Origin arena recently was cold consolation to the Maroons on the full-time whistle.

"But then we got the slow play-the-ball for some reason".

"I thought people took that a little too far".

He has played in successive series wins for NSW after breaking into the team previous year.

"And when you do go for a field goal at that stage and you miss, you give seven tackles and you open yourself up for the opposition to get down your end".

"Every single person that wears this Queensland jersey is proud to put it on and I'm the lucky guy that gets to lead them out".

The second half was all NSW.



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