[#𝕃𝕀𝕍𝔼𝕊𝕋ℝ𝔼𝔸𝕄𝕀ℕ𝔾^𝕋𝕍!!] State of Origin Game 2 live Free Queensland Maroons vs NSW Blues Online On 26 june 2022
Isabelle Kelly scores late try as NSW Sky Blues beat Queensland Maroons 20-14 in Canberra
New South Wales have beaten Queensland 20-14 in Canberra to claim the women's State of Origin crown for the first time since 2019.
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Both sides scored three tries apiece, with the greater accuracy off the boot of Rachael Pearson the major difference.
NSW halfback Pearson kicked two conversions and two penalty goals, while her opposite number, Ali Brigginshaw, missed a shot from just left of the posts after Destiny Brill's opener in the ninth minute.
Bench utility Lauren Brown also missed a conversion from the sideline that would have tied the scores at 14 with just over 10 minutes left.
The Maroons missed another chance when winger Julia Robinson expertly swooped on a Brigginshaw bomb and offloaded to centre Shenae Ciesiolka to score with four minutes left. But the bunker intervened and found both outside backs were offside from the kick.
It was perhaps for the best to avoid any controversy, after the Sky Blues had only just had a try dubiously taken off them at the other end.
The bunker said what looked like a forward pass, which the video referee cannot rule on, was actually a knock-on from Olivia Kernick in the lead-up to a Tiana Penitani try.
The exciting ending was fitting for a game in which both sides regularly traded tries, with four scored in the opening half, including remarkable solo efforts from opposing five-eighths Kirra Dibb and Tarryn Aiken.
NSW looked the dominant side for much of the game, but Queensland held on and appeared to be on track for a miracle win after Evania Pelite's 57th-minute try on the left wing, but Brown's missed conversion and Kelly's game-sealing try put the result to bed.
Well what a game. That was everything you could have hoped it would be and so quintessentially State of Origin. All that was missing was Queensland making good on the unlikely comeback they threatened to pull off.
We'll be back on Sunday night to blog the men's game. So I'll see you then.