Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Oh, What a Night! with a Whole New Meaning to the Term 'Winning Streak' Queensland Wins Eight in a Row

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Oh, What a Night! with a Whole New Meaning to the Term 'Winning Streak' Queensland Wins Eight in a Row

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Gerard Walsh

SPORTS REPORTER

RUGBY LEAGUE: Despite a streaker costing Queensland prop Matt Scott a likely try in the last three minutes, Queensland made it eight State of Origin series wins in succession with a 12-10 victory against New South Wales in Sydney last night.

No try was ruled due to the intruder who was pursued by security officers.

Forgetting about the events of the final 15 minutes, the reality is it was the Queensland defence late in the first half which sealed victory.

The third State of Origin game started off with plenty of hits but not a blue like in the old days or a scoring avalanche which happened in the first two games of the series. Scott again led the way forward for Queensland in attack always running on to the ball at pace.

After an even first three minutes, Queensland had all the ball in the next seven minutes when five-eighth Johnathan Thurston proved why he is superstar of the game.

With a weaving run which appeared to be going nowhere, Thurston darted and weaved from close to the line to score despite the attention of six defenders.

Thurston converted his own try and the Maroons were up 6-0.

Two minutes later, New South Wales five-eighth James Maloney tackled Maroons halfback Cooper Cronk after a kick and was penalised within easy kicking distance.

Thurston kicked the goal for an 8-0 lead.

In the 17th minute, Brent Tate attacked a Blues kick as he always does but for once knocked on.

For a player who has battled adversity so often, no Queensland fan wanted to see the winger cost his side the game. The Blues attacked, a pass went loose and Tate breathed a sigh of relief.

New South Wales used Anthony Watmough off the bench in the first quarter of the game and his experience and run hard at all costs attitude paid off.

Watmough helped galvanise the Blues' effort. …

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