Billy Slater claims Wally Lewis medal in final game

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    Queensland captain Billy Slater has capped off his State of Origin career by becoming the first player to claim the Wally Lewis medal from a losing state.

    Slater missed the series-opener with injury but was one of the Maroons’ best in their game-two defeat, and was again superb in his farewell match in game three.

    He finished Wednesday night with 136 metres, three line break assists and a try assist.

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    He also became just the second player after Arthur Beetson to captain an Origin side after his 35th birthday, having been appointed to the role following an injury to Greg Inglis.

    “This is really special. Wally was a hero while I was growing up. To win this award for the second time will go down as one of my biggest achievements,” Slater said after the match.

    The medal is decided by Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga and national selectors Darren Lockyer and Laurie Daley.

    NSW fullback James Tedesco was man of the match in game one, while Blues skipper Boyd Cordner took the honours in game two.

    But having the player of the series come from a side that only won a dead rubber and by someone that didn’t play the first game didn’t go down well across the board.

    Former Blues captain Paul Gallen said Cordner was unlucky not to win the medal.

    “I cant help but feel sorry for a NSW player not to win the Wally Lewis Medal. They (NSW) won the series. Someone like Boyd Cordner thoroughly deserved it,” he said on the Nine Network.

    “He was the best forward on the field in game one.

    “Cordner was man of the match in game two and I thought he played well tonight – 80 minutes in those two games. I’m a little bit disappointed for a Blues player not to win it”.

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    • July 12th 2018 @ 2:16am
      tim said | July 12th 2018 @ 2:16am | ! Report

      Well, he made zero errors in game 1.

    • July 12th 2018 @ 6:00am
      Woodhouse said | July 12th 2018 @ 6:00am | ! Report

      It’s an absolute disgrace. I get it, the whole “let’s send Billy out a winner”, but there were other far more deserving players out there, and this just makes this ‘award’ a complete joke. Fuming

      • July 12th 2018 @ 7:48am
        Sean said | July 12th 2018 @ 7:48am | ! Report

        Agreed. They did it with Thurston as well. Absolute farce. NRL should be investigated for corruption.

      • July 12th 2018 @ 8:28am
        Lance Skelton said | July 12th 2018 @ 8:28am | ! Report

        Total disgrace, I agree. Those judges should be booted out as it diminishes the integrity of the series.

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          July 12th 2018 @ 9:40am
          Con Scortis said | July 12th 2018 @ 9:40am | ! Report

          Hey Lance, we finally agree about something!!

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      July 12th 2018 @ 7:55am
      Dutski said | July 12th 2018 @ 7:55am | ! Report

      Tedesco and Cook were the best players across three games, followed by Cordner. For QLD Billy was great, but nowhere near player of the series.

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        July 12th 2018 @ 9:27am
        Ray Paks said | July 12th 2018 @ 9:27am | ! Report

        I thought Tedesco was head and shoulders above everyone else and maybe Damien Cook or Turbo just behind him. Those 3 court jesters Meninga, Daley, Lockyer should be ashamed of themselves..

    • July 12th 2018 @ 7:58am
      Monday QB said | July 12th 2018 @ 7:58am | ! Report

      Crazy decision. I get the sentiment and rugby league is really trying to send all the ‘greats’ out as winners at the moment, but it’s really been overplayed in this instance.

      Also, how about the live crosses to fitler during each half! Talk about amateur hour…makes the whole game look like park footy.

    • July 12th 2018 @ 8:27am
      Robert said | July 12th 2018 @ 8:27am | ! Report

      Val Homes was the best the best over all 3 games.

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      July 12th 2018 @ 8:56am
      steveng said | July 12th 2018 @ 8:56am | ! Report

      Why would a Qld medal be given to a NSW player???? Its a joke as some of this game 3 decisions were also. was Maloney playing for Qld also? The bloke had a shocker and really he was the difference, NSW were better off without him.

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