VIDEO: The State of Origin try that killed the hopes of NSW for another year

A dejected Andrew Fifita after game three of the State Of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

For Blues supporters, it’s another case of there’s always next year after NSW went down 22-6 to Queensland in the series decider in Brisbane last night.

In a performance described as “horrible” and “like playing reserve grade” by Blues star James Maloney after the match, his side managed to let another series slip from their grasp to make it 11 wins in the last 12 years for the Maroons.

After trailing 12-0 at half time thanks to the individual brilliance of Valentine Holmes with two tries, NSW began to rally thanks to a Josh Dugan try, then looked set score again before Blues captain Boyd Cordner blew it with a bad pass and Queensland struck back minutes later thanks to the juggling skills of Holmes who somehow managed to corral a rocket from Cameron Munster, who made the break and headed to the 10m line before firing the ball to the wing, where a leaping Holmes grabbed it one-handed behind him, managed to duck the covering tackle of Blake Ferguson, rise from the ground and score for his hat-trick.

Here’s the moment.

There was more brilliance earlier from Cooper Cronk in the first half to set up the win for the Maroons. His low, 30m cross-field kick to Holmes over the tryline was perfectly placed and one of the great Origin tries.

The problem now for long-suffering Blues fans is that this was supposed to be their year and their side managed to snatch defeat from victory. Saying there’s always next year feels like they’re just putting off the pain and disappointment for another 12 months.

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