Late try gives NSW win in Origin III

80th min: Cronk stops Tedesco centimetres short of the line after a bust by Ferguson. But from the next play the Blues spread it left and Michael Jennings steps inside to score a thrilling match-winner.

The retiring Gallen steps up and coverts to make the final score 18-14.

  75th min: Josh Mansour misjudges a towering Cooper Cronk bomb, allowing it to bounce into the arms of Darius Boyd, who makes it 14-12 to Queensland. Thurston's conversion attempt incredibly hits both posts and the crossbar but bounces out.    

50th min: Thurston throws a short ball to Cowboys teammate Gavin Cooper, who scores in his Maroons debut. Players then rush in and Fifita becomes the second player sin-binned for putting Cooper in a headlock. Thurston converts to make it 12-10.  

41st min: The Blues hoist up a bomb, Queensland's Dane Gagai spills it, Graham toes it ahead and Andrew Fifita is there to ground the ball for a try for NSW. The video referee confirms the decision after a long delay. Maloney converts and it's 12-4.

40th min: Graham throws a wild pass over Josh Mansour's head and over the sideline as the Blues winger looks set to score. Despite having the bulk of field position and possession, the Blues only lead 6-4 at the break.

30th min: Cooper Cronk is sin-binned for holding back Wade Graham as the Blues forward chases a kick in the in-goal area.

22nd min: Tyson Frizell scores his second try in as many Origin appearances, running on to a Paul Gallen offload and crashing over. James Maloney adds the extras to make it 6-4 to the Blues.  

4th min: Blake Ferguson coughs it up on his own 20m line, giving the Maroons a prime attacking opportunity. And Greg Inglis duly delivers the try off the next set, scoring in the corner off a trademark Queensland backline move. Thurston misses the conversion, making in 4-0.  

EARLIER: New South Wales skipper Paul Gallen will be hoping he can walk off ANZ Stadium tonight a winner in his 24th and final game in a sky blue jumper.

With Queensland having already clinched a 10th interstate series in the past 11 years in Brisbane last month, the NSW players desperately want to avoid a 3-0 series clean sweep in Gallen's last game in front of his supporters.

Queensland's last clean sweep was in 2010 when Gallen was in his early days as captain of the Blues.

A win would also take some of the shine off Queensland skipper Cameron Smith once again lifting the State of Origin shield aloft at the end of the match as the 2016 series champions.

Gallen will captain NSW for the 16th time tonight passing former Blues and Australian hooker Danny Buderus as his state's most-capped leader.

Queensland though is planning its own send-off party for lock Corey Parker, who will play his 19th and last Origin since 2004.

Feelings have bubbled over between the rival camps with players from both sides firing verbal shots during the build-up to Origin 108.

There are suggestions the game could feature a lot of niggle, which at some stage could turn ugly, although under the game's automatic sin bin for punching it's unlikely fans will see any real fireworks of old.

With the series over there were concerns the ANZ Stadium crowd would fall flat but stadium officials believe they will get between 60,000 and 70,000 fans in the stands.

Conditions are very chilly and windy, which will add to the difficulty of fielding bombs for both sides.

There was a great omen for Queensland earlier in the day when a horse named Big Arty cleaned up its rivals at Warwick Farm races.

Big Artie Beetson led Queensland to Origin victory in the very first game at Brisbane's Lang Park in 1980.

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