The Blues had been on the back foot for the entire first half, forced to take a whopping five line dropouts with barely half an hour gone.
Billy Slater had looked to put Queensland on the board earlier in the game, only to have his aerial effort disallowed by the bunker for a midair knock-on.
Valentine Holmes did put the Maroons on the board, although ironically it came from the Blues’ best-attacking chance of the night. His 90-metre intercept put the Maroons up 6-0, but they might’ve been able to increase their lead soon after.
A kick towards the in-goal area took a strange bounce, but Slater found himself taken out of the contest by a Maloney shepherd. The video ref didn’t award a penalty try, but the subsequent sin bin saw the Maroons take the penalty goal and go 8-0 up.
It was the one State of Origin award Billy Slater couldn’t win. Sydney Roosters fullback James Tedesco was crowned NSW’s best player from their 2018 series victory on Monday night, earning his maiden Brad Fittler Medal. Controversially overlooked by Kangaroos selectors for the Wally Lewis player of the series, Tedesco was the Blues’ best in […]
It’s been a week since Game 3 of Origin and with pretty much any discussion on the game revolving around post-match drama I figured I’d take the opportunity to remind everyone that a game did in fact take place prior to the awards ceremony.
Since 2004, the Wally Lewis Medal has been one of the most prestigious awards in rugby league, given to the best player at the end of the State of Origin series. Handing that accolade to a player who only played two of the three games has devalued it forever.