NSW wins State of Origin

Ross Houston
July 13, 2019

15 - Gerard Sutton is set to referee his 15th consecutive State of Origin game, three more than any other referee in the history of the competition (Bill Harrigan - 12 consecutive matches 2000-2003).

Tedesco had to beat two defenders in a stunning bolt for the corner - and his run is now certain to be written into State of Origin folklore as the Blues emerged with a 26-20 win and a 2-1 series victory.

Walters became the first Queensland coach to lose back-to-back Origin series since Michael Hagan in 2004-05 and just the fourth overall.

Tedesco, who was deservedly rewarded with the Wally Lewis Medal for player of the series, was the difference between the teams in a tense Origin decider. "It was pretty special to win the series previous year but to win it again is magic", Tedesco told the Nine Network.

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

Cherry-Evans has been an outstanding leader in his first series as captain and his heartbreak in the Queensland sheds was palpable.

"If he doesn't throw the ball out there and he doesn't spot the space, we're going into extra time", NSW coach Brad Fittler said.

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

With five minutes to play, Lowe smothered a Blues kick and regathered, handing Maroons a full set of six in the Blues half which ended with a converted Josh Papalii try.

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.

'It was very special to get the jersey again this year, to show being consistent and I " d like to think I've improved my game", he said.

"He was set to do it, I could see body language", Walters said.

"Then we got a slow play the ball for some reason".

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

"I guess when you go for a field goal at that stage and you miss, you give up seven tackles and (give) the opposition a chance to get down your end and do something themselves".

"The result is going to hurt for a long time, but I would love to be able to win a series with Kevvie as my coach".

"The first two games weren't like this but tonight they want to stamp their authority".

The second half was all NSW.

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