'Ruining the game': Anger over 'bewildering' drama in State of Origin decider

Annette Crawford
July 13, 2019

It was a special night for Mark "Piggy" Riddell as well, he caught up with Player of the Series James Tedesco after full time.

However, Walters dismissed the speculation as he tried to get his head around NSW's stunning Origin III victory which sealed their first back to back series since 2005.

Unfortunately for Queensland, this bubble was swiftly burst by a deft try from Tedesco in the last 30 seconds.

Tedesco fittingly scored the match victor in the dying seconds to cap a stunning two-try display that earned him the Wally Lewis Medal as player of the series.

He has played in successive series wins for NSW after breaking into the team past year.

The incredible result ended the Blues' 14-year wait for back to back series wins.

The dramatic ending snapped a run of seven straight defeats in Origin deciders for the Blues, dating back to the start of the Maroons' dynasty in 2006.

Pearce finally got his ideal Origin moment after throwing the long-range cut-out ball that allowed Blake Ferguson to sprint down the touch line before passing back inside to Tedesco.

"If he doesn't throw the ball out there and he doesn't spot the space, we're going into extra time", NSW coach Brad Fittler said.

An 80th minute NSW team try broke Queensland hearts.

Josh McGuire scored a try inside the final 10 minutes to bring the Maroons within six, before Josh Papalii and the boot of Lowe incredibly levelled things with just two minutes left.

When Lowe's conversion sailed through, Origin was seemingly set for its first golden point contest in front of a sellout 82,565 crowd at ANZ Stadium. It began with a 65m kick return in the 34th minute to set up the Blues' first try.

Tedesco's individual brilliance was the only thing that separated the two sides in the end - further pushing the case for his 2019 series to be remembered as one of the greatest individual series ever produced in State of Origin.

But a shattered Queensland coach Kevin Walters refused to point the finger at Mbye.

"The tackle had been made, if I am reading the referee correctly", Ray Warren said in commentary.

"I was planning for it, but when the play-the-ball slowed up, it was going to be too much pressure on me and I wasn't going to get that clean shot that I wanted".

KEY STAT: Referees Ashley Klein and Gerard Sutton blew a staggering 12 penalties in the first half which stifled the flow of the game. He (Cherry-Evans) just ran out of time.

"I'm a really proud Queenslander tonight. And I am really proud of these guys".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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