The Queensland Maroons have won Game 3 of the 2013 Rugby League State of Origin series defeating New South Wales 12-10 to clinch yet another series title.
With the series locked at 1-1 having both teams win at their home ground, it was down to game 3 to see who would take home the prestigious shield and a year of territorial bragging rights.
It was Queensland who collected the honors again this year to make it an amazing 8 straight series wins and continue to live up to the reputation as the greatest team in Origin history.
The Maroons took an 8-0 lead with a try to Johnathen Thurston, who converted his own try in the 10th minute, and converted a penalty not long after. A smart move in such an important game having a score line set for the opposition having to score twice to overtake the lead, no matter what part of the game it is.
New South Wales reacted with an unconverted try to James McManus in the 26th minute to reduce the deficit to just 4, as the conversion by James Maloney was unsuccessful.
Both teams when to the sheds at the halftime break evenly poised and with a respectable 8-4 score line.
With a quarter of the game remaining, Justin Hodges crossed for the Maroons to extent the lead to 12-4 formulating an exciting final period to the game.
A converted try to Trent Merrin with 8 minutes remaining on the clock gave the Blues a glimmer of hope to muster a late win, but it wasn’t to be.
Queensland were on the brink of extending the lead in the final moments however they were denied by the interference of a pitch invader. The pending try was disallowed but a Maroon scrum feed to resume play was enough to wind down the clock and keep the Blues deep in their own territory.
The first half penalty conversion for Queensland turned out to be a critical call in the match as they were able to hold on to their slim 2 point margin.
After the match, Queensland’s Brent Tate was awarded the Man of the Match honors along with the Peter Jackson Medal (for players player) and the Dick “Tosser” Turner Medal for playing 20 Origin Matches.
Tate said that winning the Tosser Turner Medal was what has been his driving force to keep playing.