NSW 26 - 20 Queensland | 10 Jul 2019

Matt Gillett has been ruled out of the State of Origin decider

Matt Gillett has been ruled out of the State of Origin decider

The decider was Ray's 80th State of Origin call since forming the CCT in 1987.

A James Tedesco try with 30 seconds remaining ensured New South Wales defended their State of Origin series with a stunningly dramatic 26-20 victory over Queensland in Sydney on Wednesday.

Mitchell Pearce lofted a floating cut-out ball for Tom Trbojevic before Blake Ferguson tip-toed down the sideline and passed inside Tedesco, the fullback stepping back out towards the touchline and sprinting to the corner to beat the tackle attempt of Dane Gagai.

However the horrors of series past seemed to return after Queensland scored twice in the final eight minutes through Josh McGuire and Papalii.

But it was the Wally Lewis Medallist in Tedesco who had the last laugh, capping off a sublime performance with a scintillating try to give NSW the six-point win and second consecutive series win.

"We left that door open for them at the end and good sides make you pay".

Tedesco was huge in crossing for two tries and running for 222 metres.

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The Maroons celebrate Felise Kaufusi's opening try. Papalii was huge in his two stints and stood up to Blues opposite David Klemmer (115m, 21 tackles).

A first half marred by a high number of penalties ended with the scores level at eight apiece.

There is simply nothing better than Origin footy, even if it means having your heart ripped clean in half by a perfectly executed try from the Blues in the final seconds of a game you thought you were about to win in a miraculous, awe-inspiring comeback. Former Maroons coach Paul Vautin agreed, adding: "They're going to ruin the game if they keep it up".

The Maroons started well with Josh Papalii looking impressive from the outset but it was the Blues who took the early lead with James Maloney kicking a penalty goal.

Maroons coach Kevin Walters was proud of his team's fightback.

With the scores tied at 20-all with less than two minutes left on the clock, the Manly superstar looked in position for a long-range shot at field goal, but a slow play the ball from Moses Mbye put the playmaker in two minds and he ultimately made a decision to put a bomb into the corner.

"He was set to do it, I could see body language", Walters said. He just ran out of time. "I'm sitting here as a pretty proud Queenslander".

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