Cam Murray's U20s Blues Fight Back At Suncorp
New South Wales have come from behind to secure their sixth consecutive victory in the Under-20s Origin, defeating Queensland 24-16 at Suncorp Stadium.
Jai Field starred for NSW, with the St George Illawarra signed half putting on a show to help his state secure a hard-fought win.
NSW were a different team in the second half after trailing by as many as 10 points during the first 40-minute period.
Trailing by six at half-time, NSW needed to make a perfect start to the second half and they did so through Field brilliance.
Field turned it on in the 45th minute, showing off his fancy footwork to beat a number of Queensland defenders. The 19-year-old put on the afterburners to run 45 minutes and score before converting to make it 16-all.
Queensland lost second-row forward Hiale Roycroft to a knee injury in the 53rd minute and drama soon followed.
NSW forward Ray Stone and Queensland prop Corey Horsburgh were both sent to the sin bin for throwing punches before Field kicked a penalty goal to give his side an 18-16 lead with 20 minutes to go.
Jack Murchie extended the Blues' lead in the 63rd minute, running through a huge hole in Queensland's defensive line.
Nat Butcher put the icing on the cake in the 80th minute, crashing over to give NSW a 30-16 lead, with the young Blues keeping Queensland scoreless in the second half.
Queensland will be kicking themselves after earlier putting in a solid first-half performance that put them in a position to win the match.
The Junior Maroons opened the scoring in the fourth minute when hooker Harry Grant darted out of dummy-half to find Corey Horsburgh close to the line. Horsburgh barged over and Tristan Sailor converted to make it 6-0.
Sailor took his points tally to six when he crossed in the right corner courtesy of a sublime ball from fullback Corey Allan. He could not convert his own try but Queensland had seized all the momentum with a commanding 10-0 lead.
NSW hit back in the 21st minute, with Blake Lawrie using his strength to push through a number of Queensland defenders and score under the posts.
After a tense 10 minutes, Queensland produced a beautiful bit of play to restore their 10-point lead in the 35th minute. Lock Keegan Hipgrave made a half-break on halfway and offloaded to five-eighth Alexander Brimson. Brimson drew NSW fullback Nick Meaney and then passed to Brodie Croft who scored under the posts. Sailor kicked the easiest of conversions to put Queensland in complete control.
But NSW hit back on the stroke of half-time, with centre Curtis Scott offloading to winger Reuben Garrick who then dived over in the corner.
That would prove to be the turning point as NSW ran away with the match to secure a comprehensive 14-point win.
New South Wales Under-20s 30 (Field, Murchie, Garrick, Lawrie, Butcher tries; Field 5 goals)
Queensland Under-20s 16 (Croft, Sailor, Horsburgh tries; Sailor 2 goals) at Suncorp Stadium.