Posted: 14 June, 2012
by Triple M
NSW Wins State Of Origin 2 Defeating Queensland 16-12 In Sydney
NSW have defeated Queensland in game two of State of Origin 2012 in Sydney taking the game to a decider in Brisbane on July 4.
NSW has ensured the 2012 Origin series will be decided in the third match after completing a 16-12 win over Queensland on Wednesday night at ANZ Stadium in front of 83,110 people.
The Blues looked up for the contest from the outset, and with Brett Stewart scoring two tries and Josh Morris also crossing, NSW erased a 4-6 half-time deficit to the delight of the massive crowd.
Todd Carney looked like scoring a try when he was running onto a short kick, but Cooper Cronk held him back illegally.
Carney was not awarded the penalty try, Cronk was sin-binned for 10 minutes but the former nailed the penalty kick to lock the scores 6-6, and the Blues didn't have to wait much longer to score again.
After Morris crossed for his side’s third try (two of the three conversions were missed by Carney, who set Morris up for his score), the Maroons came roaring back.
Greg Inglis crossed for his record 14th try and when Jonathan Thurston converted, the Blues’ lead was cut to just four points (16-12).
Inglis’ skills were again on display moments later when he took a high ball, basically one-handed, when NSW looked threatening in attack as Queensland’s pressure stepped up a notch.
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It was this intensity which may have caused consecutive fumbles on key plays from Jarryd Hayne, but after the second of these a deft touch by Michael Jennings knocked the ball out of Brent Tate’s hands as he was about to put the ball down for a try.
But NSW was able to hang on and prevent, at least for now, Queensland notching its seventh straight Origin series win.
Earlier, Queensland’s first-half try came after Akuola Uate failed to take a high Cronk kick and Ben Hannant crossed just before the break.
Most of the hundreds of people who commented on the Triple M Facebook pages suggested Robbie Farah was the best afield for his 66 tackles, with special mentions to Luke Lewis, Brett Stewart and Greg Bird (leave your suggestions below).
NRL bosses will have some way to go to beat the rousing rendition of the national anthem at the decider in Brisbane on July 4. If you missed the mystery blonde singer we've uncovered who she is.
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