You could say that it was not the most exciting game, nor was it the most physically demanding game, but for NSW, none of that will matter – as they got the win they were after at home in front of 83,110 screaming Origin fans.

In what is sure to set up an entertaining decider in Brisbane in 3 weeks, Ricky Stuart said that whilst his side has shown they can win an Origin game, it is now up to NSW to win the series, and do so away from home.

“We have proved we can win Origin games,” Stuart said.

“Now we have to prove, to ourselves more than anyone else, that we can win an Origin series.”

After trailing 4-6 at half time, the Blues powered out to score two tries in the first eight minutes of the second half.

It was clear that the game’s turning point came when QLD halfback Cooper Cronk was sent to the sin-bin for a professional foul on Todd Carney, as he was chasing the ball for a try – and QLD coach Mal Meninga knew it.

“Being one man down cost us dearly,” said Queensland coach Mal Meninga, who stressed Cronk’s sin-binning was a fair penalty.

Although it could be said that he still has to step up a lot at the Origin level, the one moment of solidity from Todd Carney was a good one, as it led to a try for Brett Stewart – with Carney getting praise from NSW coach Ricky Stuart for it.

“You don’t get many opportunities in Origin,” Stuart said.

“Just the pass to Brett Stewart was a tough skill.

“He took the line on a lot more tonight.”

The effect of Cronk’s sin-binning was felt by Queensland, with captain and hooker Cam Smith highlighting the temporary dismissal of his Storm team-mate, as a key part of the game.

“We struggled when Cooper got put in the sin-bin,” he said.

“They scored two tries and we couldn’t recover … we had a lot of field position in the second half but unfortunately we couldn’t get the win and that’s one-all and we’ll go back to Brisbane for the decider.

By ricky

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