Wednesday, November 25, 2020

State of Origin 2020: Qld Maroons vs NSW Blues, Game III, James Tedesco, Nathan Cleary, Cody Walker

Darcie McDonald

Brad Fittler experienced his first series loss as coach of New South Wales on Wednesday. As did majority of his star-studded squad.

Sure, Queensland won by just six points, but they turned up ready to fight and not willing to make excuses — an attitude that NRL great Cooper Cronk says NSW lacked.

The Blues were rocked in the 20th minute when they lost their skipper and best player in fullback James Tedesco to a head knock. Fittler reshuffled his line-up and shifted the very capable Clint Gutherson into the key position but from the moment Tedesco left the field NSW lost their confidence.

But they shouldn’t have. They still had the Dally M Halfback of the Year Nathan Cleary as well as the likes of Damien Cook, Josh Addo-Carr and Jake Trbojevic among many others. Players oozing with skill and a heap of big game experience.

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