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State of Origin 2019 Game 3: How Ethan Lowe got goalkicking duties

State of Origin 2019 Game 3: How Ethan Lowe got goalkicking duties

15 - Gerard Sutton is set to referee his 15th consecutive State of Origin game, three more than any other referee in the history of the competition (Bill Harrigan - 12 consecutive matches 2000-2003).

The Blues remarkably pulled off a final minute try by Wally Lewis Medal victor James Tedesco that will rival Queenslander Mark Coyne's "miracle" 1994 effort to seal back-to-back series for the first time since 2005.

47 - James Tedesco (New South Wales) has made the most carries (47), gained the most metres over the advantage line (376), made the most offloads (5) and produced the most try assists (3) of any player in the 2019 State of Origin series.

The referees came under fire in the first half.

Blues halfback Mitchell Pearce spread a cut-out pass to Tom Trbojevic, who drew a defender and then passed it out to Blake Ferguson, who just managed to stay in the field before laying on Tedesco for the victor.

With the score level at 20-20, Tedesco finished off a brilliant late attacking move down the right edge and spun past the Queensland defenders to get the ball down with 79:40 on the clock and seal the 26-20 win.

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The dramatic ending snapped a run of seven straight defeats in Origin deciders for the Blues, dating back to the start of the Maroons' dynasty in 2006. "They were going better than us".

However, Tedesco, who was later awarded with the Wally Lewis medal as the player of the series, proved to be the hero with his miracle finish.

Maroons coach Kevin Walters was proud of his team's fightback. No penalty given, which I haven't watched it too much.

"He was set to do it, I could see his body language", Walters said of Cherry-Evans' field goal that never was.

"I guess when you go for a field goal at that stage and you miss, you give up seven tackles and (give) the opposition a chance to get down your end and do something themselves".