New South Wales bounced back from defeat in game one to beat Queensland 34-10 in game two at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
Papua New Guinea international Xavier Coates opened the scoring for Queensland in the eighth minute before Cody Walker went over for New South Wales.
Tries from James Tedesco and Josh Addo-Carr saw the Blues take an 18-4 lead into the half-time interval.
Jack Wighton and Daniel Tupou extended the Blues’ advantage shortly after the second half restart which saw Brad Fittler’s side 28-4 ahead after 53 minutes.
Josh Papalii pulled one back for the Maroons on the hour but Wayne Bennett’s side still trailed by 18 points.
Addo-Carr got his second in the 65th minute before Nathan Cleary added a penalty goal late on to seal a 34-10 victory for NSW.
Game three, the decider, takes place at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium next week.
New South Wales: Tedesco; Tupou, Gutherson, Wighton, Addo-Carr; Walker, Cleary; Saifiti, Cook, Haas, A Crichton, Frizell, J Trbojevic. Subs: Finucane, Paulo, Brown, Yeo.
Tries: Walker, Tedesco, Addo-Carr (2), Wighton, Tupou Goals: Cleary 5/7
Queensland: Holmes; Coates, Capewell, Gagai, Sami; Munster, Cherry-Evans; Lui, Friend, Papalii, Kaufusi, Su’A, Fa’asuamaleaui. Subs: B Hunt, Collins, Arrow, Fotuaika.
Tries: Coates, Papalii Goals: Holmes 1/2
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