Brave Blues defeat much improved Maroons outfit

With NSW leading the series 1-0, this match had a lot at stake for both states.
Both sides came out well with both sets of forwards running and hitting strong to try and gain some momentum.

The inclusion of Billy Slater for Queensland was evident early on aiming their attacking raids down NSW right hand side targeting James Roberts and Tom Trbojevic. But it was QLDs right winger Dane Gagai that went over first in the corner. The video referee determined his knee touched the sideline simultaneously as he put the ball down and it was a no try.

Again QLD attacked down NSW right hand side targeting Roberts and Trbojevic and Valentine Holmes slipped down the sideline to score the opening try of game 2. Holmes missed the conversion. Qld 4-0.

In the 19th minute Dane Gagai scores the Maroons second try in the opposite corner. Valentine Holmes slotted the conversion to give QLD a 10-0 lead.

NSW finally got on the board 5 minutes later throughout Josh Addo-Carr when he stepped through about 4 Maroons players. James Maloney converts. QLD 10-6.

NSW were awarded a penalty try when Ben Hunt obstructed Boyd’s Cordner chasing a James Maloney grubber kick. Maloney converted the penalty try. NSW hit the lead 12-10.

Halftime NSW 12-10

NSW were the first to score in the second half when Latrell Mitchell crashed over close to the line and James Maloney converted the try from the sideline to give NSW an 8 point buffer.

Queensland had a few opportunities but the Blues kept turning them away until will chambers crashed over to score in the 62nd minute. Valentine Holmes missed the conversion. NSW lead 18-14.

James Roberts was sent to the sin bin for a professional foul when he impeded Gavin Cooper running for a Ben Hunt grubber kick.

Will chambers penalised for a body slam on James Maloney that tyson frizzell took exception too gave NSW good field position with 7 minutes to go but they couldn’t capatilise on it. NSW captain Boyd Cordner left the field with a concussion after his Roosters team mate Dylan Napa bumped him off with his hip in a tackle.

QLD kept throwing set after set at a depleted NSW defensive line but they kept holding them out and NSW were able to close the game out and take 2018 State of Origin Series with a game to play.

Scoring Summary:

New South Wales:
25’ Josh Addo-Carr (Try)
26’ James Maloney (Conversion)
33’ Boyd Cordner (Penalty Try)
34’ James Maloney (Conversion)
50’ Latrell Mitchell (Try)
52’ James Maloney (Conversion)

13’ Valentine Holmes (Try)
19’ Dane Gagai (Try)
20’ Valentine Holmes (Conversion)
62’ Will Chambers (Try)


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