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State of Origin: New South Wales end run of Queensland
New South Wales put an end to Queensland’s eight-year dominance in State of Origin, securing their first series win since 2005 with a 6-4 victory in Sydney.
Having already won Game I in Brisbane, the back yard of their bitter rivals, the Blues clinched an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series in front of a raucous 83,421 crowd at ANZ Stadium.
Trent Hodkinson was the hero for the hosts, the half-back scoring the only try, as well as adding the conversion, of a bruising contest that at times threatened to boil over.
Johnathan Thurston had kicked Queensland into a 4-0 half-time lead with a pair of penalties, the second of which saw him set a new record for points in Origin history.
However it wasn't enough to deny the Blues a long-overdue series success under the leadership of former captain Laurie Daley.
It looked like the home team would be shut out until eight minutes from time, Hodkinson throwing a dummy to get past the tackle of Ben Te'o and cross for the all-important score. He gathered his composure to add the extras, putting New South Wales ahead for the first time on the night.
Queensland had seen Sam Thaiday lose the ball as he attempted to score at the start of the second half while Brent Tate was held up over the line shortly before his participation was cut short by a serious-looking knee injury.
The third and final match in the series is on July 9 in Brisbane.