State of Origin: NSW defeat Qld to claim 2018 series victory

The New South Wales Blues have come from 10 – 0 down to claim their second State of Origin series victory in 13 years.

The boys in blue fought back to defeat Queensland 18-14 at a sold out ANZ Stadium on Sunday night, giving rookie coach Brad Fittler reason to celebrate.

It was a controversial penalty-try that gave NSW the lead for the first time in the game, with Queensland halfback Ben Hunt taking out Boyd Cordner in the 30th minute.


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“It was a brave call but he was going to score,” NSW Coach Brad Fittler claimed.

It was just the second penalty try in Origin history and the first since 1981.

Queensland captain Greg Inglis said despite the disappointment, he was proud of his team.

“The effort is there, it never dies in this team,” Inglis said in a post-match interview with Maroons great Darren Lockyer.

“But it hurts that much that we know we could of had it but we shot ourselves in the foot,” he said.

“It hurts but we have to learn from it. It’s a new generation of Maroons coming through now.”

The dead rubber will take place at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on July 11.

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