The headlines were already being written as Shenae Ciesiolka touched down to give the Maroons the lead with a couple of minutes to go.

New South Wales just don’t get Origin. Queensland always find a way, they’re never down and out, etcetera.

But as the Blues were wondering how this happened, Belinda Sharpe’s whistle blew and called for time off.

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One look from the Bunker was all it took – winger Julia Robinson, who had sprinted through to catch Ali Brigginshaw’s kick and find Ciesiolka in support, was a mile offside.

While the decision to disallow a Tiana Penitani try a couple of minutes earlier was a controversial one – the last pass was clearly forward, but missed on field and then reviewed as a knock-on – there was no doubt about this one.

The Blues wouldn’t just hold on after the lifeline, they went right back on the attack, with Isabelle Kelly capping a brilliant night with a try as NSW won 20-14.

Queensland got the ball back needing to go 99 metres in less than 30 seconds, but there was to be no miracle comeback as 11,321 fans packed into Canberra Stadium to see NSW re-take the lead on the all-time ledger.

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Since the 2018 re-branding of the yearly match to become State of Origin, each side had claimed victory twice, the last two going to the Maroons.

Queensland scored first through Destiny Brill after some lovely work around the ruck from Brittany Breayley-Nati, but when co-Dally M winner Emma Tonegato scored five minutes later NSW never trailed again.

A Kirra Dibb solo effort was cancelled out by Tarryn Aiken, while two Rachael Pearson penalty goals padded the lead to six before Evania Pelite set up a grandstand finish by scoring in the corner.

Lauren Brown’s potential game-tying conversion hit the post, which only served as a precursor to all the drama of the final 10 minutes.

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