Blues create 14-year history in epic win

Match Report - NSW 26 - 20 Queensland | 10 Jul 2019

His looping cutout for Tom Trbojevic resulted in Blake Ferguson tiptoeing down the sideline, before finding Tedesco inside for the game-winner.

The Blues remarkably pulled off a final minute try by Wally Lewis Medal victor James Tedesco that will rival Queenslander Mark Coyne's "miracle" 1994 effort to seal back-to-back series for the first time since 2005.

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.

The back-to-back series wins also made Blues coach Brad Fittler the second most successful coach in NSW history - becoming just the second coach to win multiple shields.

"I think when Kevvy took over they knew that there was going to be a real transition period from the great run we had and the great players we had", he told Macquarie Sports Radio on Thursday morning.

NSW appeared headed for a comfortable finish when Tedesco and Damien Cook broke an 8-all deadlock with back-to-back tries in the space of nine minutes.

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.

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.

After the refs basically had to force the Blues to stop celebrating and convert the try, Maloney put it through the posts to leave the score at 26-20.

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

With Queensland having enjoyed much of the early running and taking an 8-2 lead on 28 minutes, the fullback's first intervention in the game brought the Blues back even.

Former Queensland player Brent Tate has come out in support of coach Kevin Walters, urging the Maroons hierarchy to stick with him as head coach next year despite two consecutive series losses. "The result is going to hurt for a long time - I'll remember this for a long time", Queensland skipper Daly Cherry-Evans said.

In fact it took just five words for Walters to pour cold water on rumours he would be lost to the NRL in 2020 by boldly claiming: "I'll be back next year". "But then we got the slow play-the-ball for some reason. I'm sure everyone enjoyed the game regardless of which state you come from", he said.

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