NSW may have lost 32-8 last night, but can take solace knowing they have won the series.
Queensland players Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Cooper Cronk and Aidan Guerra all had their turn in getting over the line for the Maroons last night at Lang Park. Thurston converted all five tries and kicked an extra penalty goal to give the home-state team a clear lead.
Josh Dugan scored the only Blues try in the game and Trent Hodkinson converted it after getting a penalty kick in the first half.
Corey Parker was named Man of the Match after eight deft offloads, 189 runs and 20 hit-ups.
Despite the score NSW triumphed in the series, emerging victorious in the first two games. Gallen held up the trophy in front of the crowd of 50,155 and said “I hope you enjoy this as much as I do… this is for the five million people back in New South Wales.”
After last night’s messy game, the judiciary will take a look at Josh Reynolds for a shoulder charge in the 33rd minute against Will Chambers. Ben Te’o is also on report, facing a one-week ban after copping a grade one dangerous contact charge for a hit on Hodkinson in the 23rd minute. Nate Myles was booked for leading the elbow after making contact with Greg Bird’s throat, leaving the NSW enforcer gasping for air on the ground. Bird received a grade one dangerous throw charge for a tackle on Myles only two minutes before.– Kimberley Braddish
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