Halftime Deadlock Of 8-All After Try-Scorers Nobody Predicted
If you put your money on the first try-scorer, we bet you lost.
Or if you won, you're a genius, because not too many could have predicted the first two try-scorers in a tense first half in State Origin Game III at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
Scores are locked 8-8 at halftime after Queensland forward Felise Kaufusi scored first for the Maroons. For the Blues, prop Paul Vaughan evened things up late in the half. Both teams slotted a penalty.
Overall, Queensland probably had the better of the first 40 minutes. There have been 19 deciders in State Of Origin history, and New South Wales has won just four of those matches.
Despite being overwhelming favourites this time, the Blues were dominated up front for much of the half.
The Queensland try was a beauty, Kaufusi pouncing on a beautiful little Corey Norman grubber. Try!
But after a great James Tedesco break, the Blues finally got a few repeat sets on Queensland's line inside the last 10 minutes and Paul Vaughan finally capitalised.
Read how the match ended HERE.