Tries:Cameron Smith, Darius Boyd, Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater, Aidan Guerra
Goals:Jonathan Thurston 6/6
Goals:Trent Hodkinson 2/2
The Queensland Maroons have salvaged some pride from the 2014 State of Origin series with a commanding 32-8 triumph at Suncorp Stadium tonight.
Despite the loss, the NSW Blues take ownership of the State of Origin shield for the first time since 2005 after their wins in game one and two.
The Blues posted first points via a Trent Hodkinson penalty goal in the 24th minute and after several close calls the Maroons finally got their first try in the 37th minute; Daly Cherry-Evans snuck between Robbie Farah and Ryan Hoffman and grubbered ahead for Cameron Smith to score. Jonathan Thurston added the extras to give his side a 6-2 lead at half time.
A Billy Slater try early in the second half, converted by Thurston, pushed the score out to 12-2 before Thurston added a penalty goal in the 59th minute to make it 14-2 and hopes of a NSW clean sweep were fading.
The Blues hit back with a Josh Dugan try, his first at Origin level, converted by Hodkinson to make it 14-8 with 20 minutes left in the match.
Three tries in the final 10 minutes blew the scoreline out and the QLD team enjoyed a comfortable, if hollow, victory.
One can only wonder why the Blues weren’t able to celebrate a historic series win in front of 80,000 fans at ANZ Stadium after game 2, as the presentation lacked excitement after such a one sided match.