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State of Origin 2017: Game 2 full time score and highlights

21 June 2017 11:16 AM
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State of Origin 2017: Game 2 full time score and highlights

Queensland did it again on Wednesday night. Somehow stole another State of Origin nailbiter inside the final five minutes.

In a dramatic end to Origin II, Maroons winger Dane Gagai scored with just three minutes and 50 seconds remaining to level the scores at 16-all.

Then, with two minutes and 22 seconds on the clock, the great Johnathan Thurston landed a pressure conversion to give his team a stunning 18-16 win.

It silenced the sellout crowd of 82,259 and set up an epic decider in Brisbane in three weeks.

NSW seemed to have control of the game at halftime but two Maroons second-half tries gave the visitors a shock late win.

Those 12 unanswered points erased NSW’s 10-point halftime lead and set up a thrilling game-three decider. It was a crushing blow for NSW.

Andrew Johns was scathing about the Blues’ second half, describing their plays as “rubbish’’.

“That’s the dumbest half of football NSW have ever played,” Johns said on Channel 9.

Somehow coach Laurie Daley will have to lift his side again before the Suncorp Stadium decided on July 12.

NSW fought tenaciously in defence but just couldn’t hold out Gagai, who finished off a superb try from a Michael Morgan flick pass.

“It was a real Queensland effort,” returning Maroons fullback Billy Slater said.

NSW's Boyd Cordner is tackled during Game 2 of the State of Origin series between the NSW Blues and QLD Maroons at ANZ Stadium, Sydney.

NSW's Boyd Cordner is tackled during Game 2 of the State of Origin series between the NSW Blues and QLD Maroons at ANZ Stadium, Sydney.

But NSW were tough and admirable and will play game three with plenty of confidence.

NSW forward Josh Jackson was named man of the match although it was little consolation.

After a free-flowing Origin I, Cecchin and Sutton blew 10 penalties with Queensland winning the count in NSW 6-4.

NSW produced two magic defensive tackles right on halftime to somehow deny Queensland.

Jake Trbojevic miraculously pulled down Cooper Cronk on the NSW tryline. Just seconds later, Blues centre Josh Dugan held up Michael Morgan as the halftime siren sounded.

Queensland star Thurston appeared to reinjure his shoulder in the first half, hampering his effectiveness, and surely putting him in doubt for game three.

The atmosphere was electric before kick-off. Blatchy’s Blues — all 12,000 of them — loud and proud. The roar when NSW entered the field was, literally, deafening.

Queensland struck first after just nine minutes when debutant winger Val Holmes scored a highly controversial try.

There was heated debate as to whether Holmes placed his foot on the sideline while scoring.

Replays indicated Holmes’ boot grazed the chalk, however referee Matt Cecchin indicated a try when he referred it upstairs.

Video referee Bernard Sutton then decided there was insufficient to overrule Cecchin, who showed he is out of his depth at Origin level.

In the 14th minute, centre Jarryd Hayne scored a lovely try in the corner, his 11th try for NSW, after some crisp handling. It equalled NSW’s try-scoring record set by former champion Michael O’Connor.

NSW five-eighth James Maloney converted to level the scores. And then with some momentum, NSW crashed into the lead.

Showing brilliant acceleration, Maloney easily got on the outside of Queensland’s Tim Glasby before sending winger Brett Morris away.

Morris stepped out of a modest tackle attempt from Dane Gagai to hammer the ball down.

And then, unbelievably, NSW were over again only three minutes later. Jake Trbojevic pushed a super inside ball to James Tedesco. Glasby was caught out again and the Blues No. 1 surged away before sending Pearce over for another try in front of Blatchy’s Blues.

It sent the big crowd into raptures. Maloney converted to give NSW a 16-6 lead.

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