Heartbreak For New South Wales As Last-Minute Penalty Gifts Queensland Late Win
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Queensland grabbed a late victory in Women's Origin with a penalty in the final moments on the Sunshine Coast.
There were only two tries, both in the first half, with just two penalties in the second. Played amid a storm, both sides came up huge in defence, offering an old school Origin classic where scores were low, hits were hard and intensity was off the scale.
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New South Wales looked brighter early on, with Isabelle Kelly going close in the first minute before opening the scoring. Jess Sergis and Tiana Penitani might have added to their 4 points later in the half, but not to be.
Queensland couldn't deal with the Blues' physicality early on, but grew into the game. Destiny Brill, on debut and just 18 years of age, was held up over the line and denied by the Bunker, but later managed to get over the stripe to pull the Maroons level. Lauren Brown added the goal to take it to sheds with the score 6-4 in their favour.
Spare a thought for Queensland winger Karina Brown, too: in the highlight of the half, she found herself on the receiving end of arguably the hit of the year from Blues forward Kezie Apps: revel in the glory below.
Maddie Studdon levelled the scores in the 51st minute with a penalty, before Tamika Upton had a try wiped out when Queensland thought they'd won it.
Moments later, after a smart Ali Brigginshaw kick had forced a repeat set, the ref intervened. Lauren Brown did the rest.