QLD Clean Sweep in Origin III with 23 – 18 Win over NSW

Queensland have finished off the 2010 Harvey Norman State of Origin series with a bang, securing a late 23 – 18 victory over New South Wales sealing their first Origin whitewash since 1995 in front of 61,260 fans at ANZ Stadium.

It was an important night for the favourites, the Maroons seeking revenge for the third Origin battle last year, the thrilling result giving their coach Mal Meninga the perfect 50th birthday celebration for Thursday.

The Blues put in a gallant performance with plenty of heroic moments, but in the end Queensland dug deep and their commendable mateship saw them come through with two late tries to snare victory.

Man of the Match and the Wally Lewis Player of the Series both went to star Maroons fullback Billy Slater, who put in the performance of a life time with try-saving tackles and scoring the match winner in the 74th minute.

Queensland began strongly with Darius Boyd scoring the opening try in the 20th minute, who was at generous 1st Tryscorer odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, followed by a 28th minute four-pointer from Nate Myles. Halfback Johnathan Thurston converted both, the first a cracker from the sidelines, to give Queensland a 12 – nil lead.

But just when they started to look comfortable, the Blues came back as Paul Gallen opened NSW’s account in the 35th minute, Michael Gordon’s kick making it a six point margin.

Then punters with money on a field goal to be scored at Ladbrokes.com.au hit gold when the mighty Maroons’ captain Darren Lockyer made a sensational drop goal from over 40 metres out, so Queensland took a 13 – 6 lead to the sheds.

Back in the second half the Blues fired up and made a real match of it. Kurt Gidley, who had to captain off the bench in Origin II before being demoted in favour of Trent Barrett for the final showdown, scored in the 47th minute.

Then Greg Bird pounced on a Michael Ennis grubber to score under the posts in the 69th minute, Michael Gordon’s two more conversions pushing New South Wales to a narrow 18 – 13 lead with 10 minutes left on the clock.

Just when Queenslanders were starting to panic, Slater scored and Thurston’s conversion put them a point in front 19 – 18 before Willie Tonga iced the cake with a 79th minute four-pointer. Israel Folau was given a chance at the final conversion in his Origin swansong, missing the kick, but by that stage the Maroon celebrations were in full swing.

The 2010 Queensland State of Origin Team proved they were one of the greats with the historic result, giving Queensland their fourth 3 – 0 clean sweep over Origin’s 30 year history, beating New South Wales again who have managed three whitewashes.

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State of Origin Game 3 Tries

QLD

Tryscoring Player Time Scored Conversion
Darius Boyd 20th minute Johnathan Thurston
Nate Myles 28th minute Johnathan Thurston
Billy Slater 74th minute Johnathan Thurston
Willie Tonga 79th minute

NSW

Tryscoring Player Time Scored Conversion
Paul Gallen 35th minute Michael Gordon
Kurt Gidley 47th minute Michael Gordon
Greg Bird 69th minute Michael Gordon

Man of the Match

Player Tackles Line Breaks Offloads
Billy Slater 4 2 1