Blues create 14-year history in epic win

SOO19 MAROONS CAPTAINS RUN

The spectacle that is State of Origin was nearly ruined on Wednesday night as a record 12 penalties were blown in the first half alone.

Or if you won, you're a genius, because not too many could have predicted the first two try-scorers in a tense first half in State Origin Game III at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

More Maroons pressure resulted in a penalty goal - one of 12 infringements ruled by the referees in a frustratingly stop-start contest.

"He was set to do it, I could see his body language", Walters said of Cherry-Evans' field goal that never was.

The criticism came just a week after Annesley described referees' efforts in round 15 as "sloppy".

"The third tackler in has been deemed to have flopped in the tackle".

"It's not all just about running, I understand playing my role a bit more now and trying to bring a few things into my game this year so I definitely feel like I'm growing as a player".

Queensland legend Paul Vautin said: "Some of the penalties have been bewildering".

"That was always going to be the case so I hope they stick with him".

Others on social media were equally as alarmed.


The Maroons looked the stronger and more consistent of the two sides in the first half.

"I honestly can't tell you if I had enough time to have a shot, but judging by the kick I got away, I felt they rushed up on me pretty quickly".

Gould added: "We don't come to see how well these referees referee we come to see these great athletes play".

Still, Walters was happy Queensland had put pride back in the jersey with a fighting game three display following their 38-6 Origin II thumping in Perth.

3 - Queensland are winless in their last three State of Origin games outside Queensland.

New South Wales have sealed a State of Origin series win after a last gasp victory in the decider against Queensland 26-20.

Blues halfback Mitchell Pearce spread a cut-out pass to Tom Trbojevic, who drew a defender and then passed it out to Blake Ferguson, who just managed to stay in the field before laying on Tedesco for the victor.

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

The Roosters star was announced player of the series after full-time and was awarded the Wally Lewis Medal.

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.

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