Queensland 21 NSW 20
THE sleeping giant was awoken. And there is no more a giant of a team than this Queensland one, waking this morning having extended their period of dominance to seven years.
The Maroons have hardly been magnificent through the series but they muscled up when it counted. They left it late, as they invariably do; the size of the margin will hurt the Blues just as much as the defeat itself. NSW will know how close they came to toppling this beast.
State of Origin, Game 3, 2012
Pictures from State of Origin 3 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. The Blues improved greatly from their previous efforts but the Maroons managed to hold them off for one more year at least. In a typically torrid match, Queensland halfback Cooper Cronk snapped a 40 metre field goal which proved the difference at the end of a monumental series. All images courtesy of Getty Images and AAP. Follow us at http://twitter.com/photosSMH. Photo: Getty Images/Cameron Spencer