Queensland 20-14 New South Wales: Maroons claim series win against Blues

Queensland claimed a series win in the 2020 State of Origin following a 20-14 win over New South Wales in the decider at Suncorp Stadium.

The Blues were aiming for a third successive series triumph but they were on the back foot for most of the game and never recovered from the loss of captain James Tedesco with a head injury midway through the first half.

Wayne Bennett’s men were deserved winners but they were forced to defend desperately in a frantic finish after being reduced to 12 men with the sin-binning of full-back Corey Allan for obstruction.

The Maroons went ahead with a fourth-minute try from winger Valentine Holmes and, although full-back Tedesco levelled the scores when he pounced on a handling error from Allan, winger Edrick Lee’s try three minutes before half-time proved crucial.

A penalty from Holmes extended the lead to 14-6 and Grant forced his way over for what proved to be the clinching try, with winger Daniel Tupou’s try for New South Wales proving too little, too late.

Queensland: Allan; E Lee, B Lee, Gagai, Holmes; Munster, Cherry-Evans; Welsh, Friend, Papalii, Kaufusi, Capewell, Fa’asuamaleaui. Subs: Grant, Collins, Arrow, Su’A.

Tries: Holmes, Lee, Grant Goals: Holmes 4/4

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: Tedesco, Tupou Goals: Cleary 3/3

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