The atmosphere at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium was electric last night, as New South Wales defeated Queensland in the 2019 State of Origin series decider, making it their first back to back Origin win since 2005.
Heading into the decider armed with one win each, it was anyone’s game. Queensland had produced one of the most thrilling wins in Origin history during game one, while New South Wales took all the thunder in game two, dominating with a 32 point win to level the series.
The first half of game three was bland in comparison to the beginning of the series, with the whistle happy referees taking away from the flow of the game. “The referees are interfering with this game too much,” said Nine commentator Phil Gould. “We have already had 12 penalties in the first half.”
Nearing the 40 minute mark, New South Wales found themselves lagging by 6 points but managed to push through and lock the scores at 8-8 just before halftime.
The game took an exciting turn in the second half as New South Wales continued to fight for a win. With only 10 minutes left in the match, it seemed as though the Blues had it in the bag with the scoreboard showing 20-8. Refusing to give up, the Maroons gave it their all to tie the game 20-20 with just two minutes to go.
Just as it was starting to look like the series would be decided in golden point, James Tedesco wowed the 82,565 fans as he scored a history-making try in the final 32 seconds, winning the 2019 series for the Blues and winning player of the series for himself. “It was a pretty good feeling to score that try,” said Tedesco. “It was pretty special to win the series last year, but to win it again is magic.”