Queensland Maroons, NSW Blues, result, Kalyn Ponga try, video

Kalyn Ponga goose-stepped, sped up, shredded his right foot and, as he blocked the ball to score, stole the Home State Shield for Queensland.

When the stunningly talented full-back finally hangs up his boots, his solo try that propelled the Maroons into the lead with 19 minutes left on the clock could become the greatest moment of his career.

Queensland went for half-time trailing 12-10 and Ponga clinched the hosts’ header as they leapt over a Daly Cherry-Evans ball on the right edge, springing between Siosifa Talakai and Jarome Luai and burning James Tedesco with a right foot deadly. walk.

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In a match that saw Selwyn Cobbo, Lindsay Collins and Cameron Murray wiped out in the first four minutes, Dane Gagai and Matt Burton condemned for throwing punches and a host of other dusts, Ponga’s clutch move was a breakaway from skirmish brutality.

And what can’t be overlooked after Ponga’s top-class play in Queensland’s 22-12 triumph in the Brisbane decider is that the doubters were for him on the eve of the series and again before the third game.

Reece Walsh, Valentine Holmes and Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow all lingered as threats to Ponga’s hold on Queensland’s No.1 jumper, but coach Billy Slater instilled faith in the Knights dynamo and collected the most beautiful rewards.

“The critics wanted Kalyn Ponga to ask him to step in in Game 3 – and (didn’t) do that and a few,” Cameron Smith said on Nine’s cover.

Ponga combined his breakthrough try with a record 299 meters run and 18 tackle busts.

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Paul Vautin raved about Ponga saying, “It’s your best Origin game ever.”

“I’m super proud,” said a relieved and ecstatic Ponga.

“Proud of the boys, the coaching staff, the support staff, proud of me, to be honest too.

“It’s my first series win, so it’s a pretty surreal feeling.”

It’s amazing to think that Queensland won the final without their most dangerous weapon – five-eighth champion Cameron Munster, who was battered by COVID-19.

But the man who filled his void, Cowboys youngster Tom Dearden, was exceptional.

The 21-year-old set up Queensland’s first try, scored by Valentine Holmes in the 13th minute, when he hit the left cross with a short ball.

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Dearden also relentlessly tested the New South Wales defense with his remarkable running game.

“It’s unreal,” Dearden said of the series win.

“I have no words, I can’t believe it, it’s a dream come true, it’s something I never imagined I would do as a kid, but having my family here and all of Queensland here – it’s a dream come true.

“I was pretty nervous running around. You just hear the crowd roar and you can’t even hear yourself thinking, but I came out and soaked it all up and just looked left and right. You look at the players that you have either side of you. I felt so comfortable and just wanted to get the game started.”

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