41 Vic­tors sim­ply wanted it more

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRAVIS MEYN

WHEN the blame game fin­ishes and the hang­overs sub­side some­thing will be­come clear – Queens­land cares more about State of Ori­gin than New South Wales.

That is the only way to de­scribe the Mir­a­cle in Mil­ton last night when the Ma­roons pulled off a 22- 6 win to clinch a third straight se­ries.

Queens­land had ev­ery rea­son to lose this se­ries.

Re­tir­ing leg­end Johnathan Thurston missed two games, in­clud­ing last night’s de­cider in front of a record crowd of 52,540 at Sun­corp Sta­dium.

Join­ing Thurston on the side­lines were Dar­ius Boyd, Matt Scott and Greg Inglis – three Ori­gin le­gends and cer­tain se­lec­tions.

The Blues pulled off a clin­i­cal 28- 4 win in Game One prompt­ing Ma­roons coach Kevin Wal­ters to wield the se­lec­tion axe.

Queens­land blooded eight Ori­gin debu­tants and used 26 play­ers. The Blues had the same team in ev­ery game, con­sis­tency that hasn’t been achieved since 1996.

The last time Queens­land un­der­went such a dra­matic over­haul was in 2006 – the year Mal Meninga took over fol­low­ing three con­sec­u­tive se­ries losses.

Ev­ery­thing pointed to a NSW vic­tory. Ev­ery­thing ex­cept the in­tan­gi­bles.

Queens­land ran faster and tack­led harder.

There was no player that walked off the field won­der­ing if they could have done some­thing bet­ter.

No Ma­roon will wake up this morn­ing, if they even went to sleep last night, with a feel­ing of re­gret.

It has been mantra for­ever.

For a long time Queens­land didn’t have the play­ers to match the Blues con­sis­tently but never went down with­out a fight. the Ma­roons

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