NSW Blues seal historic State of Origin series victory

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

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

But the horrors of series past appeared to return after Queensland scored twice in the final eight minutes through Josh McGuire and Papalii.

Mitchell Pearce lofted a floating cut-out ball for Tom Trbojevic before Blake Ferguson tip-toed down the sideline and passed inside Tedesco, the fullback stepping back out towards the touchline and sprinting to the corner to beat the tackle attempt of Dane Gagai.

But it was the Wally Lewis Medallist in Tedesco who had the last laugh, capping off a sublime performance with a scintillating try to give NSW the six-point win and second consecutive series win.

The Blues had not won back-to-back series since a hat-trick across 2003-05.

"We left that door open for them at the end and good sides make you pay".

STATE of Origin 2019 looks set to go down to the wire after a hard-fought but even first half at Sydney's ANZ Stadium.

But Tedesco, the Kangaroos No.1, ensured it never got there.

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.

It came after the Maroons' strong start that debutant Corey Norman turned into points, forcing a line dropout and then grubbering for Felise Kaufusi to score.

The Maroons looked down and out at 20-8 with less than ten minutes remaining, but two quick tries got them right back into the contest and they looked set to break Blues' fans hearts once again.

Paul Vaughan levelled things slightly against the run of play in front of a home crowd in the first period, before second-half scores from James Tedesco and Damien Cook set New South Wales on their way.

Maroons coach Kevin Walters was proud of his team's fightback.

But he rued a missed opportunity by skipper Daly Cherry-Evans to kick a field goal in the waning minutes, before opting to put up a bomb. No penalty given, which I haven't watched it too much.

"As a footy player the biggest shots you regret are the ones you don't take, and hindsight is a wonderful thing and I'll learn from that but I had to back my judgement and I'll certainly learn from tonight". "I'm sitting here as a pretty proud Queenslander".

The dual four-pointers came after a shocking moment that saw Maroons star Michael Morgan knocked out by a teammate's elbow.