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The headlines were already being written as Shenae Ciesiolka touched down to give the Maroons the lead with a couple of minutes to go.

New South Wales just don’t get Origin. Queensland always find a way, they’re never down and out, etcetera.

But as the Blues were wondering how this happened, Belinda Sharpe’s whistle blew and called for time off.

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One look from the Bunker was all it took – winger Julia Robinson, who had sprinted through to catch Ali Brigginshaw’s kick and find Ciesiolka in support, was a mile offside.

While the decision to disallow a Tiana Penitani try a couple of minutes earlier was a controversial one – the last pass was clearly forward, but missed on field and then reviewed as a knock-on – there was no doubt about this one.

The Blues wouldn’t just hold on after the lifeline, they went right back on the attack, with Isabelle Kelly capping a brilliant night with a try as NSW won 20-14.

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Queensland got the ball back needing to go 99 metres in less than 30 seconds, but there was to be no miracle comeback as 11,321 fans packed into Canberra Stadium to see NSW re-take the lead on the all-time ledger.

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Since the 2018 re-branding of the yearly match to become State of Origin, each side had claimed victory twice, the last two going to the Maroons.

Queensland scored first through Destiny Brill after some lovely work around the ruck from Brittany Breayley-Nati, but when co-Dally M winner Emma Tonegato scored five minutes later NSW never trailed again.

A Kirra Dibb solo effort was cancelled out by Tarryn Aiken, while two Rachael Pearson penalty goals padded the lead to six before Evania Pelite set up a grandstand finish by scoring in the corner.

Lauren Brown’s potential game-tying conversion hit the post, which only served as a precursor to all the drama of the final 10 minutes.

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It’s almost 30 years since a Blues team came back to win a State of Origin series after losing the opener in Sydney, but two stars of that memorable NSW team of 1994 have laid down a blueprint for Brad Fittler’s men to follow.

Brilliant fullback Tim Brasher and giant back-rower Paul Sironen admitted things looked bleak for the Blues when Mark Coyne scored the famous last-minute try to win the Queenslanders an epic Game One that series.

“I know how this team feels – because it’s the same way we felt back in ’94,” Sironen, now a member of the Blues’ management team, told Wide World of Sports from Perth.

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“When you have game one at home you just have to win it – and we blew it.

“We didn’t play as well as we could have and we didn’t execute the way we trained and we knew we were really going to be up against it for the rest of the series.

“But what we did was turn that to our advantage by using that frustration, disappointment and anger at ourselves to spur us on.

“We levelled the series in Melbourne and it then all came down to the decider in Brisbane.”

Brasher has vivid memories of the lead-up to the all-important third match at Lang Park.

“Everyone was telling us about Lang Park being the cauldron and how we would cop it up there and I must admit I wasn’t all that confident in the week leading up to the game,” Brasher said.

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“But then on game night, as our team bus went down Caxton Street and they came out of the pub and shook the bus and threw bottles at us, I think that actually did us a favour.

“It galvanised us, gave us a siege mentality and we were determined to go all the way.”

The Blues won the decider 27-12, with a young Brad Fittler playing in the centres.

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Magnolia’s Jio Jalalon (second from right) splits the Phoenix defense to finish in double figures. —PBA IMAGES

Magnolia did the math and figured a few people short did not exactly mean a disadvantage in manpower.

“Coach told us that there are only five of us on the floor at a time, so it doesn’t matter if we’re missing some of our key players,” said veteran playmaker Mark Barroca, who keyed a 95-77 rout of Phoenix on Friday in the PBA Philippine Cup at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

“As long as the five on the floor is solid, we’ll be fine,” added Barroca, who finished with 21 points, five rebounds and six assists to help the Hotshots fill the void left by Paul Lee and Calvin Abueva.

Magnolia also drew double-digit outings from Aris Dionisio, Jio Jalalon, Jackson Corpuz and Ian Sangalang to bury the Fuel Masters in holes as deep as 27 points on the way to rising to 3-3 (win-loss).

And that was exactly what the doctor ordered, according to Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero.

“We talked about it before the game—that we’re now in the middle of the tournament,” he said. “It’s time to level up our game, level up our execution, our being smart. That’s why we had a good start.”

Magnolia—finalist of last year’s all-Filipino conference—came out the gates hard, using an 11-0 run to open the contest and take the wind out of Phoenix’s sails early despite the absence of its key starters. Lee was out of the game due to a back problem while Abueva was serving his one-game suspension for his behavior in a victory over Barangay Ginebra last week.

Also out for the Hotshots was backup guard Jerrick Ahanmisi.

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“Hopefully, before the elimination round ends, we are able to be complete. That’s only going to improve our run,” said Victolero.

Javee Mocon led Phoenix with 19 points while Sean Manganti added 11 as the Fuel Masters dropped to 2-3.

Later in the night, Barangay Ginebra got 20 points and 10 rebounds from Christian Standhardinger to stop San Miguel Beer, 75-72.

The Gin Kings hiked their record to 4-1 while dealing the Beermen their first loss in four games this conference.


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