State of Origin: Queensland digs deep to send Slater out a winner

In a fitting farewell for one of the greats of the game, Queensland has sent State of Origin legend Billy Slater out a winner with a thrilling victory over NSW.

The boys in Maroon fought hard for 80 minutes to defeat the Blues 18-12 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Wednesday night.

The game three win means Queensland prevented the Blues from securing their first clean sweep since 2000.


In his final game in Queensland colours, QRL said Slater ran for 145m from 17 runs, had four tackle breaks, received the ball 36 times and strung together 19 passes.

His fairtytale finish was then capped off with Man of the Match and the Wally Lewis medal for Player of the Series, which shocked many considering Slater missed the first match due to injury.

Slater is the first player to ever receive the medal from a losing state.

Trying to hold back tears, Billy explained what the medal means to him.

“This is really special. Wally was a hero while I was growing up. To win this award for the second time will go down as one of my biggest achievements,” Slater said.

“I love playing for Queensland. I have had the privilege to do it 31 times. To lead them out first (as captain), it was a special moment.”