The Queensland Maroons have secured their third-straight mixed State of Origin win with a hard-fought 9-4 victory over the Blues on Wednesday.
In a match built on sportsmanship and pure skill, it did not disappoint in greasy conditions.
A spirited second half comeback from the Blues highlighted by a length of the field effort from Chloe Storm who pounced on a loose ball to beat three would-be Maroons defenders.
Toowoomba’s own Beau Hess closed the gap to within one just minutes later, jumping on the ball in the in-goal after a nifty short grubber.
The momentum was short lived with a penalty try awarded to Dugongs’ Tim Mitchell, before Michael Bacon followed suit with a neat kick and score.
Player of the match Jayden Turnbull extended the lead to four after splitting from dummy half on Blues’ winger Ben Stevens to send Brayden Barrett over in the corner.
The match was put beyond doubt with Maroons captain Jess Sleep crossing for two points courtesy of a stylish in-and-away from Michael Bacon to draw the edge defence.
Beau Hess crossed for a late consolation try.
The mixed Origin match was billed as a fast-paced showdown between two hungry sides and in the opening minutes it lived up to expectation.
Some rock solid defence and quick rucking saw a stalemate over the opening quarter.
The deadlock was broken with a sharp grubber to Tim Mitchell. Just three minutes later, Troopers’ Michael Bacon jumped on a fortunate ricochet to extend the lead to 2-0.
In wet conditions, Joeys’ own Jayden Turnbull scooped up a long-range kick to slide over the line.
The Maroons would coast into the halftime break 4-0 following a pin-point kick from Spartans’ Ben Burstow.
Tries: Tim Mitchell (2), Michael Bacon (2), Jayden Turnbull, Ben Burstow, Brayden, Jess.
Try Assists: Michael Bacon, Jayden Turnbull
New South Wales Blues
Tries: Beau Hess (2), Chloe Storm.
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We look forward to a bigger and better 2019 State of Origin series!