NSW clinched their first State of Origin series win since 2005 by downing Queensland 6-4 in game two at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Maroons’ unprecedented run of eight straight series triumphs finally ended when NSW sealed victory with a 72nd-minute Trent Hodkinson try.
Queensland looked like they would again defy the odds when they led 4-0 at halftime thanks to two penalty kicks by Johnathan Thurston, ensuring he eclipsed fellow Maroon Mal Meninga’s Origin point-scoring record of 161.
But spurred on by a largely pro-Blues 83,421-strong crowd, NSW finally hung on to break the Maroons’ once vice-like grip on the Origin trophy.
IMAGE: NSW Blues players celebrate during Game II of the 2014 State of Origin rugby league series at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AAP Image/Paul Miller)