State Of Origin 2014 Game 3 Results – QLD Celebrate Consolation Win

July 10th, 2014

The mighty Queensland Maroons may have lost the overall 2014 Holden State Of Origin honours, their first series loss since 2005, but they gave the 50,155 fans something to cheer about at Suncorp Stadium last night with a big 32 – 8 win over the New South Wales Blues.

Queensland are already early favourites to bounce back and win the 2015 State Of Origin at bookies in their futures markets

The opening two games of this year’s tournament were low-scoring affairs but Mal Meninga’s boys were able to open it right up in the third and final showdown in front of their home crowd to put a dampener on the Blues’ post-match celebrations.

It was a thrashing reminiscent of that they handed the boys ‘South of the Tweed’ nine years ago when they lost the series with losses in Origin I and II before bouncing back in the third 36 – 6.

The Queensland State Of Origin Game 3 team were hot favourites to enjoy a pride win and ‘Celebrate the Eight’ wins that came before, and they saluted for the punters.

Early on it looked like it was going to be another tooth and nail affair, but by the second half the Maroons were running all over their rivals who didn’t have the same determination to fight back with the series already wrapped up.

The Blues were down 6 – 2 at halftime after posting first points with a 23rd minute penalty kick after a Ben Te’o high tackle on NSW halfback Trent Hodkinson before Queensland scored the first try after a couple of earlier four-pointers from both sides were denied.

It was Cameron Smith, enjoying his fifth Origin try, who got Queensland on the board after Daly Cherry-Evans, fresh off the bench in the 33rd minute, made a break and took them up past halfway before a sneaky kick to his captain.

Back from the sheds though New South Wales couldn’t hold their previously imposing defensive line and let another Maroons’ try in just four minutes into the second half with Billy Slater cutting through after collecting a ball from Justin Hodges 10 metres off the line.

Up 10 – 2 now the series losers had a point to prove and were finally starting to enjoy some expansive football and have some fun.

The Blues were able to score just the one try all night and it came in the 61st minute from a loping Josh Dugan.

Greg Inglis was then joined by Darius Boyd as Origin’s equal highest try-scorer in history when the latter zipped over in the corner inside the game’s final 10 minutes.

That put the State Of Origin Game 3 result beyond doubt leading Smith to leap up and celebrate his record 20th Origin victory.

It was also a great night for Cowboys’ captain Johnathan Thurston whose golden boot was back as he nailed a number of tricky conversions to finish the match with a perfect six-from-six record.

Blues’ fans though had to live through a horror final few minutes before watching their captain Paul Gallen, later awarded Player Of The Series, hold up the Origin shield with Queensland posting two more for good measure.

One went to Aidan Guerra, who was ver the line in the first half but couldn’t ground the ball, off another ace Hodges pass with six minutes to go before a 78th minute for the brave Cooper Cronk, back from a broken arm sustained in Origin I, was the final try scorer of the 2014 series.

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