NSW Win State Of Origin Series And James Tedesco Is God
UNBELIEVABLE. New South Wales has done a Queensland.
That really is all you can say, and it's a compliment both to the Blues -- who won State of Origin Game III 26-20, and with it the series -- but it's also a compliment to Queensland, who have scored last-minute tries to steal Origin matches so many times.
Wow. What a match.
After scores were locked 8-8 at halftime, NSW came out firing and were just too speedy and skilful for Queensland after being out-muscled for a while early in this game.
"You can't beat speed. You just can't." The commentators said it several times, and it's exactly what was on every fan's mind, as hooker Damien Cook and fullback James Tedesco -- unquestionably the heroes for NSW -- took control.
Their speed on different parts of the field -- Cook around the ruck and Wally Tedesco pretty much everywhere -- was just too much for Queensland to handle as the Blues went out to lead 20-8
First Teddy did this.
Which was soon followed by this Damien Cook classic. That, right there, is EXACTLY what he's in the team for.
The game looked to be in the keeping of NSW as they led 20-8 with 20 minutes to go -- and it could have been a bigger lead, had several close chances been converted.
But Queensland haven't won the last seven Origin deciders -- and 15 of 19 deciders overall -- for nothing. They come back. They always come back. And they came back. Because they ALWAYS come back.
First Josh McGuire crashed over in yet another barging effort from close range for the big men tonight. That made it 20-14.
Then Josh Papalii crashed over after Queensland had gained possession from an incredible charge-down by Ethan Lowe. 20-all.
READ MORE: Our first half summary is here
But a late break by the Blues -- in what looked like being the last set of the game before extra time -- put them in scoring position. James Tedesco did the rest. Who else?
And shortly afterwards, he was deservedly named the winner of the Wally Lewis Medal for Player-of-the-Series.
"I thought it was going to golden point for all money," Tedesco told Channel 9's Andrew Johns after the game.
Him and the rest of us.
"It was a pretty good feeling in front of the Blatchys Blues [the NSW supporters group] to score that try."
Tedesco's club and state captain, Boyd Cordner, agrees.
"He's a freak. He's my favourite player," he told Channel 9 after the match.
"I'm so happy I get to play with him every week at the Chooks (Sydney Roosters). He just keeps getting better and better."