The Blues have claimed the 2021 State Of Origin, but the Maroons denied them the series clean sweep they were hoping for.
Game Three was played in front of a massive crowd at CBus Stadium on the Gold Coast last night, in what was a thrilling match for both Blues and Maroons supporters.
Both sides scored three converted tries but it was a penalty goal to Valentine Holmes in the opening minutes.
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Final score: Queensland – 20, New South Wales – 18.
Maroons Captain Daly Cherry Evans says it was a great contest.
“Well done to New South Wales for winning the series, well-done lads, you played awesome.
“Just want to thank the NRL, all the governments for getting these games on, they’ve done fantastic.
“And thanks to all the Queensland fans for the first three games – thanks very much,” he said post-match.
Gold Coast Titans star Tino Fa’asuamaleaui was critical to one of Queensland’s tries, getting through a gap swiftly before passing to debutant Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow to get it over the line.
Maroons Coach Paul Green says the team really improved their performance.
“It’s very enjoyable to get the win obviously, we’ve had a challenging preparation for this game to say the least, but very good to get the win,” Green said in a post-match press conference.
Maroons star Ben Hunt was named man of the match for his two tries, while Blues star Tom Trbojevic was named man of the series.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to the state government for doing what it took to get this game going,” Trbojevic said.
“To Queensland, you were too good tonight. And to our boys, it’s been an absolute pleasure doing this with you.”