Blues get pay back in under-20s
NSW TRUMP QLD IN 32-16 WIN
IN STARK contrast to their NRL seniors, the NSW Blues under-20s side defeated the Queensland Maroons for the fourth time in a row at the State of Origin curtain-raiser at Suncorp Stadium last week.
The Blues came out fighting, securing a 12-0 lead after the first 15 minutes and finishing off the half on 12-4.
NSW maintained the pressure to win 32-16, their fourth consecutive Origin victory.
St Clair’s Tyrell Felstead-Fuimaono, who represented his state for the fourth time after a stellar season with the Parramatta Eels, played the full game in the back row.
Blues coach Dean Pay described Felstead-Fuima- ono as a versatile asset for the side.
“An athletic kid who’s really good with the footy, Tyrell can play in the centres if we need him to as well,” Pay said.
“He had a terrific game, carried the ball really strong and defended really well.
“He was probably one of the better players.”
Pay said he was impressed with the team’s overall performance on the day and could not pick a top player.
“They played really well,” he said.
“Queensland only scored a couple of tries off kicks so we defended really strong . . . they all contributed really well.”
After a night of excitement the team returned to their hotel for a quite celebration with their families.
NSW Blues second-rower Tyrell Felstead-Fuimaono takes on the Quensland defence.