Blues take Origin series on Tedesco winner


"I'm not going to be critical of anyone tonight".

"I'll be back next year", he told post-match.

It started like a dream for Queensland but ended in a nightmare as NSW came back from the brink to sweep to victory and claim the State of Origin series win in Sydney.

Walters has one year left on his contract with the QRL, but there has been talk this Origin series could be his last if he's propelled into the Gold Coast Titans head coaching role at the expense of the under pressure Garth Brennan.

But a shattered Queensland coach Kevin Walters refused to point the finger at Mbye.

"It was something I was actually really excited about".

"Every single person that wears this Queensland jersey is proud to put it on and I'm the lucky guy that gets to lead them out".

Asked if it was his last game as Maroons mentor, Walters said: "No mate".

"And I'll be part of that next year with the Maroons moving forward". I don't want to talk about that now.

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Tedesco made a jinking crossfield run to set up the attacking set which led to the Blues' first try on 34 minutes and then scored on his own on 50 minutes to swing the game in his side's favour.

RESULT: NSW 26 (James Tedesco 2, Paul Vaughan, Damien Cook tries; James Maloney 4 conversions, 1 pen goal) defeated Queensland 20 (Felise Kaufusi, Josh McGuire, Josh Papalii tries; Ethan Lowe 3 conversions 1 pen goal). "Unfortunately NSW had more bigger moments than us". The Maroons had all the momentum but redemption man Mitchell Pearce chanced his arm on the final play and put Tom Trbojevic in space, who then found Blake Ferguson and James Tedesco was backing up inside to score the victor with 32 seconds left in the match.

ANZ Stadium went ballistic after superstar fullback James Tedesco scored a matchwinning try after a rollercoaster solo run with just 32 seconds to play to stop the game going into extra-time.

8 - Queensland have won game three in eight of the last nine State of Origin series.

"Origin is made up of many moments".

The dramatic reduction in penalties in the second half of Wednesday's State of Origin decider wasn't due to the NRL issuing directions to referees at halftime. It was the most penalties in an Origin first half in 23 years.

KEY STAT: Referees Ashley Klein and Gerard Sutton blew a staggering 12 penalties in the first half which stifled the flow of the game.

The criticism came just a week after Annesley described referees' efforts in round 15 as "sloppy".