State of Origin 2019: Live updates - NSW v Queensland III

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Full-time - NSW 26 (James Tedesco 2, Paul Vaughan & Damien Cook tries; James Maloney four goals) Queensland 20 (Felise Kaufusi, Josh McGuire & Josh Papalii tries; Ethan Lowe three goals)

80th minute: TRY to Tedesco! It's sent upstair to check for obstruction and Ferguson flirts with the sideline, but it's all good.

Heartbreak for Queensland, after battling back from 12 points down. The siren sounds and the Blues win.

Refs want the conversion taken and Maloney is looking for the kicking tee. Farcical scenes, as everyone celebrates around him, but he slots it from near touch.

79th minute: Hunt makes a half-break, but DCE doesn't look to the posts, kicking high instead.

78th minute: Lowe is safe with his conversion and we're locked up.

Now, both teams will be looking for field position to slot a drop goal.

77th minute: TRY to Papalii! DCE takes a high pass above his head and puts the big forward through a gap to score.

The conversion would tie the game up...

76th minute: Maloney's kick is charged down by Lowe on the last tackle. Queensland roar back onto attack.

75th minute: Maroons now have their tails up, but need another try quickly. DCE kicks high, but Ferguson defuses.

73rd minute: Queensland have won seven Origin deciders in a row. Norman kicks high on the last, but Tedesco catches under pressure.

71st minute: TRY to McGuire! He's over the line for Queensland, but referred upstairs for confirmation.

Video official rules he landed short of the line, but continued over with momentum. Lowe converts and the Maroons are within a converted try.

70th minute: Maroons on attack, DCE chips towards the posts and NSW are whistled for an escort. Frizell pushes Gagai off the contest.

69th minute: Murray gets an offload to set NSW loose again. Maloney puts up a high kick, but Munster leaps high to claim. Oates makes a long run out of defence.

67th minute: NSW have Queensland scrambling again, Tedesco breaks the line, but Wighton loses the ball, before he can find Addo-Carr for the try in the corner.

Wade Graham has torn a hamstring and he's done for the night - at least.

66th minute: Norman puts up a high kick on the last tackle, but it drifts out on the full - bad error.

65th minute: Maloney errs in a tackle and Maroons are again trying to get out of their own territory.

63rd minute: Queensland are trying to break out of defence, but Kaufusi bobbles in a tackle and NSW have the ball back, 30m out.

61st minute: Maroons need to be the next to score... but Murray breaks. His pass is knocked down by Munster, but recovered by Tedesco.

Maloney chips toward the corner early in the counrt, but bounces into touch in goal.

60th minute: TRY to Cook! He runs from dummy half, about 40m out and beats tired tacklers to the line.

Queensland are starting to falter here. Maloney converts.

58th minute: NSW defence are muscling up and Queensland can't make halfway, before Norman kicks on the last.

57th minute: Cam Murray strips the ball in the tackle and NSW are hot on attack again.

56th minute: NSW hot on attack, looking for a way through and Tedesco makes a half-break. Maloney kicks, but DCE smothers it at point-blank range.

55th minute: Munster tries to create something, but his inside pass to Oates is spilt forward. NSW scrum near halfway.

54th minute: Addo-Carr puts a wobbly kick through on the last tackle and Oates tidies it up, making ground upfield.

52nd minute: TRY to Tedesco! The NSW fullback troubled Queensland in the first half and finds space between two defenders to bust over and score.

It's referred upstairs, but easily a try. Maloney converts.

50th minute: DCE kicks high to the corner and Addo-Carr catches safely. Queensland are penalised on the fifth, so NSW are in prime position.

48th minute: NSW struggle to bust out of defence, but Queensland have a man down - it's Morgan. He's hit by friendly fire in a tackle and looks bad.

Morgan is back on his feet and being helped off the field. Fifita is coming on to replace him.

47th minute: Munster has run for 140 metres so far, leading all players. Pearce kicks deep on the last.

45th minute: Maloney kicks deep and Gagai is safe underneath.

43rd minute: Chambers makes a long run, beating man after man, but he loses the ball in the tackle, with DCE screaming in support.

41st minute: Queensland kick off and Maloney kicks deep on the last tackle.

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Half-time - NSW 8 (Paul Vaughan try, James Maloney two goals) Queensland 8 (Felise Kaufusi try, Ethan Lowe two goals)

40th minute: Munster is everywhere and makes halfway for Queensland. DCE takes a long drop attempt at goal, but it's wide right.

Ferguson plays the ball as the siren sounds for half-time. The decider is still locked up.

38th minute: Queensland challenge, but their last kick to the line is covered by the Blues defence.

37th minute: NSW are looking for another way through and the Maroons are scrambling to close the down.

Maloney and Pearce both put kicks through that aren't tidied by Queensland. Eventually the Maroons take control.

35th minute: TRY to Vaughan! Vaughan is one-out from the ruck and lunges at the try-line. It's called a try, but referred to the bunker.

Replays show it grounded. Maloney converts, we're locked up within sight of halftime.

34th minute: Queensland are penalised in the tackle, but NSW take the tap from a handy position. Maroons are immediately penalised again.

33rd minute: Pearce kicks high and Oates catches. Norman's kick is ordinary and NSW break out of defence, through Tedesco.

32nd minute: Munster kicks from halfway, but the rolling ball is defused by the Blues.

31st minute: Maloney kicks deep to Munster.

30th minute: Queensland have the ball back from the kickoff, they're back inside the NSW half.

29th minute: Lowe slots it to extend the lead.

28th minute: Promising Maroons move, DCE is tackled, but NSW are offside near the posts. Lowe will line up the kick at goal...

26th minute: Gagai is struggling, after taking a kick and copping some knees in the tackle. Ofahengaue is off, Morgan has come on.

25th minute: NSW make ground out of defence, Papalii is off for Queensland, replaced by Welch.

23rd minute: Trbojevic makes a nice run and is taken in a high tackle, NSW kick inside the Queensland half.

Vaughn slips a short pass to Tedesco in support, but he loses the ball in a tackle. Queensland defensive scrum.

20th minute: NSW on attack now, they're probing and Pearce lobs an easy kick for Munster on his own line. Gagai is drive back in a tackle, but NSW are penalised.

19th minute: Maroons are only a couple of metres short, Munster kicks high, Wighton jumpes to catch and his taken in midair by Mbye, who is penalised.

18th minute: From the kick-off, Queensland earn a relieving penalty and are quickly back on attack.

17th minute: Lowe lines up the conversion and nails it.

16th minute: TRY to Kaufusi! The Maroons are back on attack and Norman puts little dribbler over the line, with the Storm second-rower chasing it down between two defenders.

14th minute: Queensland surge forward into the 10, Norman lobs one to the line, but Wighton claims it safely for a line dropout.

12th minute: Norman is penalised in a tackle and NSW have a chance to clear their half. The ball comes wide, but the quick pass from Tedesco is spilt by Tom Trbojevic.

11th minute: DCE grubbers to the corner and NSW have a scrum on their own line.

10th minute: Maloney kicks high, Munster leaps high to claim it.

Ninth minute: Chambers kicks along the ground to Ferguson, NSW make easy metres.

Eighth minute: Maloney kicks high to Gagai and he's safe underneath. Queensland earn a relieving penalty.

Fifth minute: NSW take too long in the tackle again and are pinged again in a handy position. Maloney lines up the kick at goal... he slots it for the early lead.

Fourth minute: NSW are given the first penalty in a tackle and now enter the Queensland half.

Third minute: Munster's high kick bobbles around, but NSW eventually recover it safely.

Second minute: Blues get first use of the ball inside their own half. Pearce kicks high, fielded by Munster at the back.

First minute: NSW kick off, Ofahengaue takes the first hit-up. The first kick from Cherry-Evans finds touch.

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The players are making the long walk under the stand to the field, commentators are talking in hushed tones...

Who will sing the national anthem? Who won't?

The anthem has attracted a lot of attention during this series, with some players refusing to sing something that doesn't represent them. Of couse, some don't sing simply because they're lousy singers and don't particularly want to expose that on national TV.

Mbye and Gagai clearly aren't singing, but others are giving it the full lip sync.

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Aussie Idol winner Guy Sabastian has provided the pre-match entertainment... but all anyone really wants is some footy. 

Why do they make Origin pre-game so looong?

Kevin Walters has made a late change in his back-line, bringing Moses Mbye off the bench and into the centres for Michael Morgan.

Ethan Lowe will start for the suspended Matt Gillett among the Queensland forwards.

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Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of State of Origin III - rugby league's eternal battle between good (Queensland) and evil (the other guys).

We join this rivalry poised at 1-1, with the Maroons taking out the first meeting at Sunforp Stadium and the boys from south of the border running riot in the return match in Perth.

Both sides have had to make changes for the decider in Sydney, but perhaps the most intriguing match-up through this series has been between coaches Brad Fittler and Kevvy Walters.

After a few bleak years, Fittler inspired the Blues to victory last year with a refreshing approach that seemed to strike a chord with his players.

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This year, Walters has proved a man of many moods, refusing to even mention his opponents in the build-up to the opener, but becoming very angry after the capitulation out west.

Which Kevvy will turn up this week?

Perhaps the biggest change to the NSW line-up will see Mitchell Pearce replace injured Nathan Cleary in the halves, teaming up with former Roosters championship-winning teammate Jimmy Maloney. 

Across the park, wonderboy Kalyn Ponga hasn't recovered from a calf injury and will be replaced at fullback by Cameron Munster, who usually plays in the halves for Melbourne Storm.

Munster's place in the six jersey will be taken by Corey Norman on debut.

The updated line-ups are:

NSW: 1-James Tedesco, 2-Blake Ferguson, 3-Tom Trbojevic, 4-Jack Wighton, 5-Josh Addo-Carr, 6-James Maloney, 7-Mitchell Pearce, 8-Daniel Saifiti, 9-Damien Cook, 15-David Klemmer, 11-Boyd Cordner, 12-Tyson Frizell, 13-Jake Trbojevic

Interchange: 10-Paul Vaughan, 14-Dale Finucane, 16-Cameron Murray, 17-Wade Graham

Queensland: 1-Cameron Munster, 2-Corey Oates, 3-Michael Morgan, 4-Will Chambers, 5-Dane Gagai, 6-Corey Norman, 7-Daly Cheery-Evans, 8-Joe Ofahengaue, 9-Ben Hunt, 10-Josh Papalii, 11-Felise Kaufusi, 12-Ethan Lowe, 13-Josh McGuire

Interchange: 14-Mose Mbye, 15-Christian Welch, 16-Tim Glasby, 17-David Fifita 

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