Menangle's James Tedesco guides NSW Blues to State of Origin series win

An incredible performance from James Tedesco led the NSW Blues to State of Origin glory last night.

The Menangle product was everywhere - including bobbing up to score the match-winner in the final minute.

Tedesco scored two tries and was a dominant figure from fullback as the Blues scored a 26-20 win over the Queensland Maroons in front of more than 82,000 fans at ANZ Stadium.

The result meant NSW won this year's series 2-1.

Tedesco, 26, told the NSW Blues website that it felt "pretty surreal" to score the match-winning try.

"It's pretty cool and we're pretty relieved actually - we were under the pump for a bit there," the former Camden Rams junior said.

"I'm stoked."

James Tedesco of the Blues evades a tackle from Josh Papalii of the Maroons. Picture: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

James Tedesco of the Blues evades a tackle from Josh Papalii of the Maroons. Picture: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

The NSW vice-captain said he was proud of the Blues' "fight" during the series.

"Game one we obviously weren't too happy [NSW lost 18-14] but we still fought that game until the final bell," Tedesco said.

"Game two we fought and had it all over them [NSW won 38-6]. Even this game, we didn't start too well - they were over us to be honest in the first.

"At half time, we spoke about it and we played some footy and we were on top... all of the little things we did well and fought to the death.

"We finished fast, that was a massive thing for 'Freddie' [coach Brad Fittler], and we got the win."

The Blues scored first early through a James Maloney penalty conversion to take a 2-0 lead.

Maroons forward Felise Kaufusi then capitalised on a lovely Corey Norman kick to dive over in the 15th minute. Ethan Lowe converted and Queensland took a 6-2 advantage.

A Lowe penalty in the 29th minute extended Queensland's lead to 8-2.

The Blues hit back six minutes later when forward Paul Vaughan crashed over to score. Maloney converted and the score remained 8-all at half time.

The game ebbed and flowed for 10 minutes after the break, before Tedesco bobbed up with a superb solo run and scored a try.

Maloney nailed the conversion and NSW led 14-8.

NSW hooker Damien Cook then scored in the 60th minute, which was converted by Maloney, an the Blues took a 20-8 advantage.

However, the Maroons refused to give in.

Forward Josh McGuire dived over in the 71st minute and Josh Papalli pushed his way over to score in the 77th minute.

Lowe converted both tries and the score was locked at 20-all in the dying minutes.

But the biggest moment of the game was still to come.

A lovely slide of hands from the NSW backs led to Blake Ferguson bolting down the sideline. He then threw the ball inside to Tedesco, who dived over to score the final try.

Maloney nailed the conversion after the siren and the Blues won by 26-20.

Tedesco then capped off a big night by receiving the Wally Lewis Medal as the 2019 man of the series.

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