Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Blues take Origin series on Tedesco winner

Blues take Origin series on Tedesco winner

Maroons coach Kevin Walters was proud of his team's fightback.

Walters had been tipped to take over the Gold Coast Titans reins from an under pressure Garth Brennan, ensuring he had to hand in his Queensland contract which does not expire until the end of 2020. I'll be back next year. Have you been talking to someone?

The Maroons were on the verge of taking the deciding game to golden point, and after losing a plethora of key players in the past few years Tate believes Walters deserves another chance at the top job.

"No, I'm a really proud Queenslander tonight".

"It was something I was actually really excited about".

Cherry-Evans has been an outstanding leader in his first series as captain and his heartbreak in the Queensland sheds was palpable.

"I want to talk about this great Queensland team and how proud I am of them".

James Tedesco was the difference.

But the horrors of series past appeared to return after Queensland scored twice in the final eight minutes through Josh McGuire and Papalii.

With the score level at 20-20, Tedesco finished off a brilliant late attacking move down the right edge and spun past the Queensland defenders to get the ball down with 79:40 on the clock and seal the 26-20 win.

It was a special night for Mark "Piggy" Riddell as well, he caught up with Player of the Series James Tedesco after full time. The Blues fullback was phenomenal all series and delivered another scintillating display in the decider. Nobody ran for more than his 222m.

On a night of high drama, the result also handed Mitchell Pearce his first ever Origin series win after playing 19 matches. Pearce made his debut as a teenager in 2008 and then unfairly shouldered most of the blame for seven series losses.

The criticism came just a week after Annesley described referees' efforts in round 15 as "sloppy".

NRL head of football Graham Annesley said the dramatic reduction in penalties was a outcome of the first-half crackdown and not due to officials telling referees to put their whistles away.

"It's not all just about running, I understand playing my role a bit more now and trying to bring a few things into my game this year so I definitely feel like I'm growing as a player". Somebody must have had a word with the whistleblowers at halftime because there were only two penalties given after the break and it finally allowed the game to flourish.

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