The strains of Lou Gramm's Midnight Blue ring out around ANZ Stadium as the Blues go into nuclear meltdown at winning an Origin series for the first time since 2005. Can you believe that? The end of one of the most amazing streaks in Australian sport has come to an end. And NSW deserve it, no doubt at all. Qld really looked like steamrolling them at stages but the Blues held on and on and on, once again. Qld produced an effort stacked with errors and poor discipline around the ruck and paid the price. The Blues kept a clean sheet and by the end, under a barrage of pressure, Qld simply became frustrated and couldn't deliver the miracle play that's happened on so many occasions. Trent Hodkinson the hero for NSW with the winning try and the conversion, iron man Paul Gallen finally gets a series on the board. What an epic, what a series and now we have the very strange feeling of a dead rubber back in Brisbane in three weeks.
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FULLTIME NSW 6 Qld 4.
GAME OVER. NSW are the Origin champions for the first time in NINE YEARS.
Slater held off the ball as the pass goes to ground. Penalty to Qld. They'll have ONE play.
Reynolds and Thurston on report. NSW surely just have to kick to the corner and see out this set to win the series.Back to top
Qld's attack falls apart again and now this is going to be a penalty to the Blues. Thurston with a very, very silly forearm to the head of Reynolds and that pair are absolutely ready to tear each other's heads off. This is really close to exploding. Two minutes to go and NSW are in the box seat, up by two with a penalty on the way.
Nothing fancy from NSW here. Qld start their set from their own line and have three minutes to save the series. Blues up 6-4.
NSW go close again but the Maroons hold on somehow. They start the set on their own line and have five minutes to get some points of their own. That call off the restart could have been catastrophic. NSW lead 6-4. And another tick in the error column for Qld. They just cannot hold onto the ball tonight.
And what about that! Qld's restart goes out on the full! Hold on... replay shows Woods touched it! Refs stop it for a moment but the Blues get the penalty from halfway. That is a shocker from the officials at this point in the game. Whoa.
Trent Hodkinson gets a meat pie.Back to top
The pressure was simply oppressive and it just had to crack. Five sets without the ball and the NSW half carves right through. He converts his own try and NSW hit the front in Origin II with seven minutes on the clock. It's NSW 6 Qld 4. Can they hold on? GAME ON.
Over! TRY to Hodkinson! Simple dummy does the trick and he scores next to the posts. Blues level up at 4-4 with a kick to come and eight minutes on the clock.
Thurston has done much better on Hayne tonight. NSW go that way again but he's cleaned up. Fifth tackle... they run and it's knocked down. Another set for the Blues. This is massive defence from Qld so far.
Poor pass back to Reynolds but it works out well for NSW. Jennings races through and catches Hodges behind the tryline so Qld must now withstand another set of six, their fourth in a row. They lead 4-0 - but for how long?
Hodkinson goes close! Inches away for the Blues! Now Bird! Short again! And now a penalty to the Blues. MASSIVE pressure on the Maroons.
Six to go for the Blues. Here we go folks... fresh set five metres out.