Topic: Rugby League

NSW drought comes to an end

By Rahia Timutimu
  • Australia

It's a series which divides not only Australia, but many league fans in NZ.

NSW has grabbed their first State of Origin series win since 2005, beating Queensland 6-4 in game two at ANZ Stadium last night.

The Maroons' run of eight straight series triumphs finally ended when NSW sealed victory with a 72nd minute try.  

It took all of 2905 days to get there, with them winning 6-4 in the end.  Even supporters here in NZ were ecstatic with the win. 

It was easy to see how bad both teams wanted the win, with the first half overshadowed by dirty play.

Queensland was the only team to gain points in the first half, with Jonathan Thurston kicking his way into history books to become the all-time leading point scorer in Origin history.

His boot secured Queensland a 4-0 lead at half-time.

Queensland looked to extend that lead, with Sam Thaiday looking like he finally broke through NSW's defence.

But a second glance showed that wasn't the case, with Jarrad Hayne denying the try.

Despite attacking Queensland's goal line, NSW couldn't open up their defence.

With nine minutes to go in the match, NSW finally got what they were looking for.

The kickoff afterwards caused controversy, with Queensland supporters up in arms when officials missed the ball brushing by Aaron Woods.

That got Jonathan Thurston riled up, and he took his anger out on Josh Reynolds in the final minutes.

That saw him placed on report and also gave NSW a penalty, sealing the win for the Blues.

The next match will be held next month, but NSW already have the win in the bag.  Queensland will now have to start preparing for next year.