NSW won back-to-back series and their first decider since 2005. Here are some fun facts
It’s the first time NSW have won a decider since 2005, when they came back from a four-point Game 1 loss in Queensland and a Newcastle Knights halfback was part of their decider-winning team.
Fun fact, in both years for Games 2 and 3, NSW scored a combined 64 points.
Game 2, 2005: 32
Game 3, 2005: 32
Total, 2005: 64
Game 2, 2019: 38
Game 3, 2019: 26
Total, 2019: 64
Moving on now, the series is over and the run to the finals is the main focus for the rest of the regular season. Let’s go over some things following that match.
1. Queensland will be hungrier next year
There were signs of that hunger when they ran those two quick converted tries within the final 10 minutes of the game. Ethan Lowe’s charge down really turned the tide of the game and the Maroons almost stole the damn game.
2. That’s going to be one for the times
It’s still been said the greatest grand final finish was when Andrew Johns set up Darren Albert to steal the 1997 grand final from Manly for Newcastle’s first premiership. The greatest State of Origin finish has been said to be Mark Coyne in Game 1, 1994 when he scored the miraculous try for the ages.
I think the try James Tedesco scored to win it with 24 seconds left has just beaten it. If ANZ Stadium had a roof, it would still be returning to earth after the thunderous cheers from the Blues faithful sent it into the stratosphere.
3. Mitchell Pearce will now have a newfound mentality.
Ever had that fresh resurgence of confidence after achieving something that took you ages to do? For 11 years, Mitchell Pearce has gone from his State of Origin debut to finally winning it. As the Newcastle Knights captain, he will have a fresh mentality that will catch on to the rest of the Knights squad and see them charging towards the final.
The most powerful weapon you have is your mind. The Knights will make the top four. He set up the winning try with the cut-out pass to Tommy Turbo, who passed it to Blake Ferguson, who passed it to James Tedesco.
What do you see now the series is over?