James Tedesco try wins State of Origin decider for New South Wales

James Tedesco wins it for New South Wales
James Tedesco wins it for New South Wales

James Tedesco's try 30 seconds from the end earned New South Wales a dramatic 26-20 win over Queensland in an epic State of Origin decider in front of a sell-out crowd of 82,565 at Sydney's ANZ Stadium.

The Maroons clawed back a 12-point deficit with two tries in the last 10 minutes from forwards Josh McGuire and Josh Papalii, both converted by debutant Ethan Lowe, to lock the scores at 20-20.

Then, with time fast running out, Tedesco finished off a break by winger Blake Ferguson to score his second try of the match and ensure a back-to-back series triumph for Brad Fittler's Blues.

Veteran half-back James Maloney gave New South Wales the lead with a sixth-minute penalty but the visitors scored the opening try through second rower Felise Kaufusi, who touched down a kick from Corey Norman.

Lowe added the conversion and then kicked a penalty to make it 8-2, but five minutes before half-time Blues prop Paul Vaughan forced his way over for a try and Maloney's goal levelled it.

Tedesco put his side back in front after 51 minutes and, when pacy hooker Damien Cook went over for a solo try, the game looked to be over with the home side leading 20-8.

However, McGuire powered his way through a tiring defence nine minutes from the end and skipper Daly Cherry-Evans got Papalii powering over to set up a tense finish, with man of the match Tedesco having the final say.

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