State of Origin Game 3 final score: Queensland destroy the Blues to keep the dynasty alive

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    The Queensland Maroons have defeated the New South Wales Blues 22-6 in Game 3 to take home the 2017 State of Origin series, their 11th title in 12 years.

    The Maroons saw off a spirited second-half fightback from the Blues to cruise to the win, after a try to Josh Dugan raised hopes of a New South Wales comeback.

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    However the Blues couldn’t find a second six-pointer despite a set of six on the Maroons’ try-line, with Queensland producing a phenomenal display of goal-line defence to keep their opponents at bay.

    The away side was made to pay not long after, with debutant Cameron Munster scything through the defence after a shocking Mitchell Pearce defensive read before putting Valentine Holmes away for his first State of Origin hat-trick.

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    Munster turned provider minutes later, throwing a wild speculative pass that landed in the grateful arms of Jarrod Wallace, who strolled over for the easiest of tries under the posts with the Blues’ middle defence seemingly asleep.

    Earlier, it was all Queensland in the first half, and it was a minor miracle that they only went into the break up 12-0.

    Holmes opened the scoring for the home side, somehow maintaining possession to plant the ball down in the corner despite the attention of three Blues defenders. The try came after some outstanding lead-up work from Billy Slater and Michael Morgan.

    Slater had slalomed across the field, drawing a number of defenders before an offload that allowed Morgan to drive downfield and release Holmes.

    There was some doubt about the grounding of the ball, however the Bunker ruled Holmes still had control with his fingertips when he touched down.

    Cameron Smith, taking over kicking duties for the injured Johnathan Thurston, nailed the conversion from the sideline, and the score should have been doubled moments later, but a magnificent cover tackle from Brett Morris knocked the ball from Cooper Cronk’s grasp just metres from the sideline.

    The Maroons were able to double their lead not long after, Holmes once again scoring with Cronk the provider. The veteran halfback rifled a flat kick across the field, finding Holmes on the try-line in plenty of space.

    When Smith once again converted from the sideline it seemed like a Maroon procession was on the way once again, evoking memories of the bloodbath of a decider from back in 2015, which saw Queensland win 52-6.

    We may well have ended with a similar scoreline had Smith facilitated a third first-half try, however the skipper, who was superb all night, decided to go himself despite having unmarked men on his outside just metres from the Blues try-line.

    Cronk then failed with an attempted field-goal on the stroke of halftime, and there was a sense the Maroons could be made to pay for their profligacy when they went in with just the 12-point lead.

    However, aside from a few promising moments from the Blues in the second half, the Maroons put those doubts to bed with a complete performance and cruise to yet another State of Origin series victory.

    The Blues’ players were clearly distraught with their lacklustre performance in the decider, with James Maloney looking particularly gutted after the final siren.

    The victory means Queensland legend Johnathan Thurston has gone out of representative footy a winner despite missing the decider through injury. The superstar halfback was invited up on stage by Smith to help lift the Origin shield, a fitting farewell from the Origin arena after his last on-field act was to kick the match-winning conversion in Game 2.

    Queensland winger Dane Gagai took home the Wally Lewis Medal for the best player of the series, after an outstanding performance throughout the three games. He was the Maroons’ best in their disappointing Game 1 outing, and scored the crucial second-half double in Game 2 which forced the decider.

    Smith was named man of the match for Game 3 after a masterful display, bringing his total number of best afield awards up to seven, just one shy of all-time record-holder Wally Lewis on eight.

    Aside from Smith, the Maroons had plenty of outstanding contributors including debutant Munster, who many thought was the best on ground, Slater and Cronk, although the home side didn’t have a bad player on the ground.

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    • July 12th 2017 @ 9:59pm
      Mushi said | July 12th 2017 @ 9:59pm | ! Report

      Quick delivery on this article!

    • July 12th 2017 @ 10:05pm
      Alex L said | July 12th 2017 @ 10:05pm | ! Report

      Two words, fourteen letters, one traumatised dog, no origin series wins.

      • July 12th 2017 @ 10:26pm
        Chui said | July 12th 2017 @ 10:26pm | ! Report


    • July 12th 2017 @ 10:06pm
      Tom G said | July 12th 2017 @ 10:06pm | ! Report

      Useless NSW performance… this series is so predictable these days it’s barely worth watching. NSW just aren’t up to it. Totally one sided series every year. They need a game strategy which means they need a coach .. Daley is a serial failure at this level. No excuses NSW blew it

      • July 12th 2017 @ 10:17pm
        Gray-Hand said | July 12th 2017 @ 10:17pm | ! Report

        The series wasn’t one sided. NSW dominated game one, game two was very close and Queensland dominated game 3. The series would have been tied if Thurston missed a conversion in game 2.

      • July 13th 2017 @ 8:59am
        Pomoz said | July 13th 2017 @ 8:59am | ! Report

        Its ok pointing out it was close in game three but the fact is Daley has won one series in five attempts. He continues to pick people like Woods and Ferguson and play players out of position. There never seems to be a game plan and you don’t even see the commitment from NSW that QLD have. Gus pointed out a try where Woods and Fafita were walking near the try line as QLD strolled through for a try untouched. Picking players with that level of commitment is exactly what the problem is. Woods walked. He just doesn’t have the Origin mentality. The aggression and never say die attitude that QLD have in spades. There was talk about making Woods captain.

        Woods would never get picked by QLD. He is too soft. QLD pick players who will bleed for their jersey. Fafita is the same, he goes missing if the defence is aggressive. How Trbjovic didn’t get picked over Woods to start is beyond me. He is exactly the heart on his sleeve trier we need.

        • July 13th 2017 @ 10:34am
          Matt h said | July 13th 2017 @ 10:34am | ! Report

          I believe would pick Woods, but the older heads would teach him what is required and if he didn’t get it, he wouldn’t last long , see Dave Taylor

          • July 13th 2017 @ 11:39am
            Pomoz said | July 13th 2017 @ 11:39am | ! Report

            He had Gallen as his captain for at least three series. If he didn’t learn from him then he has no chance. Gallen would never have walked and let that try happen. NEVER. He might be a grub, but he has more ticker than the rest of the Blues put together. QLD would pick Gallen. They wouldn’t pick Fafita or Woods. As somebody put it, they are Dave Taylor clones. They don’t have the bottle for it.

            • July 13th 2017 @ 5:47pm
              Mushi said | July 13th 2017 @ 5:47pm | ! Report

              So woods is a Taylor clone (which is BS to anyone that has watched either guy play but let’s entertain it) so QLD wouldn’t pick him. Didn’t Taylor play for QLD?

    • July 12th 2017 @ 10:08pm
      Epicfailure said | July 12th 2017 @ 10:08pm | ! Report

      Origin is a game of big moments. Near the end of the first half NSW had been under the pump and finally get an opportunity in Qld’s 20 and Pearce panics and passes it to Hayne. Pearce wanted Hayne to do something special when he was well marked. This was Pearce’ opportunity to take charge running the team and try to get a repeat set to build pressure.

      • July 12th 2017 @ 10:53pm
        CNS said | July 12th 2017 @ 10:53pm | ! Report

        Maloney made that pass.

      • July 13th 2017 @ 12:48am
        Roger Ramjet said | July 13th 2017 @ 12:48am | ! Report

        Oh it was Pearce but of course not – those Pearce bully’s need spec savers – mate it was Maloney open your eyes and give a rest to your bias against Pearce

    • July 12th 2017 @ 10:12pm
      Hometown Harrys said | July 12th 2017 @ 10:12pm | ! Report

      I’m sick of the refereeing having a huge influence innthese games. the refereeing of the ruck and the interference of the players off the ball is a disgrace

      • July 12th 2017 @ 10:28pm
        Chui said | July 12th 2017 @ 10:28pm | ! Report

        Both teams run.players off the ball.

        Pains me to say, but I thought the refs were pretty good

      • July 12th 2017 @ 10:59pm
        Griffo said | July 12th 2017 @ 10:59pm | ! Report

        This is your great insight from this game?

        • July 12th 2017 @ 11:28pm
          Ufa said | July 12th 2017 @ 11:28pm | ! Report

          And yours is…??

        • July 13th 2017 @ 12:24am
          Bluey said | July 13th 2017 @ 12:24am | ! Report

          And this is your great contribution to the conversation???

      • July 12th 2017 @ 11:18pm
        Johnno Mac said | July 12th 2017 @ 11:18pm | ! Report

        Deluded, happens week in week out, both Fifita and Pearce threw sending off strikes, bird pass off the ground, disallowed try due to smith forward pass was never forward and NSW only try had all 4 men on the right 5m offside.
        Keep grabbing at straws, love listening to the filthy nsw commentary stumble through 80minutes of cognitive dissonance and excitement at failure

    • July 12th 2017 @ 10:14pm
      Greg said | July 12th 2017 @ 10:14pm | ! Report

      So much for Gallen being the problem……not confident if Cordner is going to be captain for the next 5 years

      • July 12th 2017 @ 10:47pm
        sqr(-1) said | July 12th 2017 @ 10:47pm | ! Report

        If Paul had been playing, we wouldn’t have won game 1.

        • July 12th 2017 @ 10:53pm
          Greg said | July 12th 2017 @ 10:53pm | ! Report

          Captain of the last winning blues team, captain of the current premiers, third on the Dally M leaderboard……Blues missed him badly….No JT, GI, Scott, Boyd…… Blues still couldn’t win

          • July 12th 2017 @ 11:19pm
            Johnno Mac said | July 12th 2017 @ 11:19pm | ! Report

            Gallen can’t play without peds… are you deluded? Why do you think he could play the 80 week in and out?

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