New South Wales claim the 2018 series after a 18-14 win!

Sport 25/06/2018

The young New South Wales side has claimed the states first State of Origin series win since 2014!

The 18-14 Game II win was enough for the Blues to end three-years of misery and secure just their second series in 13 years.

Newcastle Knights playmaker Kalyn Ponga played the last 55 minutes and almost single-handedly won the Maroons the match with 11 minutes remaining, ghosting through a wall of Blue but was brought down inches from the try line by fullback James Tedesco.

It looked like the Maroons would coast to victory after a sensational opening quarter in which he scored twice and had a try disallowed.

Queensland raced to a 10-0 lead through tries to wingers Valentine Holmes and Dane Gagai, who had a try ruled out in the fourth minute after Josh Addo-Carr pulled off a wonderful last-ditch tackle to deny the South Sydney star.

NSW hit back against the run of play through Addo-Carr’s 25th minute try and found themselves in front minutes later.

They were sensationally awarded a penalty try - the first since 1981 - after Ben Hunt was adjudged to have impeded Boyd Cordner as the Blues skipper chased down a James Maloney grubber kick.

The Blues extended their lead shortly after halftime when the outstanding Latrell Mitchell crashed through a Will Chambers tackle, which James Maloney converted from the sideline, to give NSW an 8-point lead with a half hour to play.

But Will Chambers finished a nice backline move for Queensland in the 62nd minute to cut the margin to four and set up a grandstand finish.

The Blues survived 10 of the final 11 minutes with just 12-men after centre James Roberts was sin-binned for a professional foul on Gavin Cooper, preventing the Maroons forward from contesting a Ben Hunt grubber kick.

Queensland threw plenty at NSW in the closing stages but was let down by poor decision-making as the Baby Blues signalled a new era of Origin.