NSW wins State of Origin

The Parramatta star certainly has his work cut out. Image Adam Head

The Parramatta star certainly has his work cut out. Image Adam Head

Queensland coach Kevin Walters speaks to the media during the Queensland Maroons State of Origin captain's run at ANZ Stadium on June 23, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.

One Queensland penalty drew particular ire when Tyson Frizell was deemed to have flopped in order to drive Dane Gagai back into the in-goal - even though the Maroons winger already appeared to be destined for that fate.

When pushed on whether he'd turn down an NRL job, Walters replied: "I don't want to talk about that now". The last time they went longer without a win outside their home state was an 11-game stretch from 1999 to 2006 (D1, L10).

Others on social media were equally as alarmed. Somebody must have had a word with the whistleblowers at half-time because there were only two penalties given after the break and it finally allowed the game to flourish. Former Maroons coach Paul Vautin agreed, adding: "They're going to ruin the game if they keep it up".

Gould added: "We don't come to see how well these referees referee we come to see these great athletes play".

3 - Queensland are winless in their last three State of Origin games outside Queensland.

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It was a stunning turnaround after a nervous final 10 minutes by the Blues, who had coughed up a 20-8 lead, letting Queensland's Josh McGuire and Josh Papalii bring the score back level.

Mitchell Pearce lofted a floating cut-out ball for Tom Trbojevic before Blake Ferguson tip-toed down the sideline and passed inside Tedesco, the fullback stepping back out towards the touchline and sprinting to the corner to beat the tackle attempt of Dane Gagai.

But just when the game looked headed for golden point, the much-maligned Pearce came to the fore and Tedesco sealed his place in Blues' folklore, and the Wally Lewis Medal.

It also snapped the Blues' seven-match losing streak in Origin deciders.

Debutant Ethan Lowe then smothered a routine James Maloney bomb to turn defence into attack, and four tackles later prop Josh Papalii blasted past the NSW five-eighth to put Queensland back within two with four minutes on the clock.

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