Blues get pay back in un­der-20s

NSW TRUMP QLD IN 32-16 WIN

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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.

Pic­ture: GRANT TROU­VILLE NRL PHOTOS

NSW Blues sec­ond-rower Tyrell Fel­stead-Fuimaono takes on the Quensland de­fence.

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