Darius Boyd to miss Origin decider

Lynette Rowe
June 27, 2017

They will kick on plays three and four early in sets and due to the conditions they will trap the NSW fullback in the corners and really shorten up their defensive line and try and make it hard for the Blues to get that momentum through the ruck.

JOHNATHAN Thurston has written another insane chapter into his phenomenal highlights reel with an ice-cold conversion from near the sideline in the dying minutes to seal a famous Queensland fightback.

The Blues also outkicked Queensland by 772 metres to 661 to ensure the Maroons were hemmed in their own territory for far too much of the contest.

The Maroons' win means the series heads back to Suncorp Stadium for the decider on July 12 in what will also be Johnathan Thurston's farewell.

"With those guys that they've got back, they definitely know how to score points and they did".

On what is certain to be a night of high emotion, Thurston, and possibly Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater will be playing for the last time in a Maroons jersey.

Queensland coach Kevin Walters is calling for a fair go from referees Matt Cecchin and Gerard Sutton after a concerted campaign from NSW to wrestle control of the State of Origin officials.

"It will come down to the team who wants it the most and I'd be disappointed if I speak to you after the game and say we didn't want it enough".

On the longest night of the year, NSW were forced to wait just a little bit longer for the chance to reclaim the Origin title as Queensland made their Lazarus-like recovery.

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Thurston's latest heroics have all but cemented his status as an Immortal-in-waiting, with Smith describing him as perhaps the toughest and best of them all.

Laurie Daley's men have not won a Game III in the sunshine capital since 2009, and haven't won a deciding game there since 2005, when retiring halfback Andrew Johns inspired the side to a 32-10 win.

Of the four times they've lost the first game since the reign started in 2006, on three of them they have managed to level the series with a win in the second game. A massive effort from our boys.

"Game 3 is his last ever game in Queensland colours".

Now they are on track to send off some of their biggest names as winners. "We won't be wrestling, we will be playing football".

Despite making a couple of early blunders, Hayne looked risky with the ball in hand and when he got his chance, he made the most of it, strolling through the ragged Queensland defence to score in front of the Blues supporters and replicate his 2014 pose.

The trio were all involved in the game's opening try, which saw Valentine Holmes go over in the left corner, but the Maroons' early lead was swiftly erased as a slick passing move resulted in Jarryd Hayne touching down at the other end, with both tries converted.

Queensland realises the Blues' game-one performance set the bar for a new standard for NSW in Origin footy.

The Blues then took charge as James Maloney scooted through a gap from first receiver - beating debutant Tim Glasby, who had just come on - and passed wide for Brett Morris to score.

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