Revenge as records and NSW shattered
COP that NSW. The empire strikes back.
David Klemmer’s trash- talk and NSW’s uprising claim was ruthlessly razed as Queensland produced their most punishing display in Origin history to keep the Meninga dynasty alive.
This wasn’t a decider. This was a hatchet job – the Maroons clinching their ninth series win in 10 years with a 52- 6 belting as coach Mal Meninga savoured Queensland’s greatest win on the night of his 55th birthday.
It was a night of melodrama and milestones. Before a ground- record crowd of 52,500 at Suncorp Stadium, Queensland’s Dad’s Army proved age cannot weary them as Corey Parker and Matt Scott led a forward assault to give Justin Hodges his dream Origin finale.
Debutant Dane Gagai was one of eight tryscorers in the Maroons massacre, with the 46- point margin eclipsing Queensland’s previous record wins of 36- 6 ( 1989) and 30- 0 ( 2008).
When Will Chambers crashed over 12 minutes from time, they celebrated the most points in a game by a Maroons side – eclipsing the 43 scored by Queensland in 1983. Then Aidan Guerra powered over in the 78th minute to bring up the half- century as Johnathan Thurston roared in mock joy: “Too f*** ing old!”
It was simply astonishing. Not even Meninga could have envisaged such a cakewalk. Amid the Suncorp stitch- up, NSW lost the plot, with three Blues – James Tamou, Trent Merrin and Beau Scott – finishing on report for various acts of foul play. The Blues entered Origin III brimming with confidence after Klemmer’s hardman heroics in Game Two, but coach
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