Queensland Maroons have provided one final highlight for Billy Slater, defeating NSW Blues 18‑12 in State of Origin game III in Brisbane to provide a fitting farewell and deny the Blues their first series whitewash in 18 years.
While it was an emotional send‑off for stand‑in skipper Billy Slater in his 31st and final Origin, it marked a happy return for Maroons halfback Daly Cherry‑Evans.
Keen for their first sweep since 2000, NSW looked like they would play the role of party poopers when they somehow snatched a 12‑8 halftime lead despite having five‑eighth James Maloney in the bin and little possession.
Slater was named not only man of the match but Wally Lewis Medallist for player of the series, despite missing the opening game with a hamstring injury and it closed the curtain on Slater's 14‑year Origin career but it seems Cherry‑ Evans' is about to take off.
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