State Of Origin 2015
Changing of the Guard
Mick McGee: 17th June 2015
NSW were outstanding and convincing winners showing true grit and determination in a brutal victory over the Maroons in Melbourne tonight. In front of over 90,000 screaming fans at the MCG it was an entertaining game of Rugby League.
The best on the field were Michael Jennings, Josh Dugan, Dave Klemmer and Aaron Woods. Dave Klemmer returned to the game with10 minutes to go as NSW’s enforcer and lifted the NSW team taking the ball up straight and hard, intimidating Queensland into uncharacteristic errors when Queensland generally excel, sending the the game to a decider at Suncorp.
The final score could easily have been higher to NSW with what appeared to be a certain try disallowed in the second half to Mitchell Pearce. Justice prevailed soon after when a try was disallowed to Greg Inglis who showed some clean heels streaking away 90 metres only to be called back for what was ruled as a accidental offside.
Trent Hodkinson, the iceman, proved his value with a strong defensive game and out kicked Thurston with 4 from 4 goals.
Without Jonathon Thurston in the Queensland team the score would easily have been lop sided. If Jonathon Thurston is not the best Rugby League player in the world I’d like to know who is. Thurston, who was clearly targeted in Game 2, carried the Maroons in critical times of the game and needs to be 100% fit for Queensland to be competitive in Game 3.
Congratulations to Melbourne for providing an excellent venue and getting behind what is the greatest football series in Australia, State of Origin.
The stage is set now for the decider at Suncorp on July 8th. Bring it on!
NSW: 26, Jennings, J Morris, Woods, Dugan tries. Hodkinson 4 from 4 goals.
QLD 18. Scott, Inglis, Gillett. Thurston 2 from 3 goals.
Channel 9 Man of the match: Michael Jennings
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