Under 20s Blues Make it an Origin Hattrick
The baby Blues have run away with the match in a fiery Under 20s Origin clash at Sportingbet Stadium on Saturday night.
Coming off back-to-back wins in 2012 and 2013 the NSW Blues were looking to make it a hat trick, and they started strongly courtesy of winger Tyrone Phillips, grounding the ball in the right hand corner to open the scoring.
Jake Mamo followed his lead, as Jake Trbojevic regathered his team’s kick, and kicked again for Mamo to ground the football. With the two tries and pinpoint kicking from Clinton Gutherson, the Blues were 12-0 in front when tensions began to escalate on field.
Matt Lodge was sin-binned for ten minutes for throwing two punches in the push-n-shove, and with NSW playing 12 men, Queensland centre John Folau was send to the bin just a few minutes later.
In the 12 on 12 game, Sione Mata’utia passed to send Jake Mamo in for his second try of the night, and an 18-0 lead heading towards halftime.
It was only the return of Eels' Holden Cup centre John Folau, who barged through the defence, that narrowed the score to 18-4 just on the halftime siren.
While the feeling on the pitch didn’t dissipate after the break, NSW kept their foot on the pedal to take an unassailable lead and bag their third Under 20s Origin shield in just three years.
Sione Mata’utia took a clean ball to score a four-pointer for the Blues, while Jake Mamo made it a hat trick when he found space on the left edge and outran the defence to score in the left corner.
A late try to the Maroons' Luke Bateman under the posts from a Jaelen Feeney pass narrowed the scoreline to 30-8, but the Maroons were unable to keep uo with the fired up Blues.
After taking a heavy tackle from Elliott in the second half, Blues captain and Eels Holden Cup hooker Kaysa Pritchard was helped from the field with a suspected cork.
New South Wales Blues - 30 (Mamo 3, Phillips, Mata’utia. Gutherson: 5/5)
Queensland Maroons - 4 (Folau, Bateman. Elliott: 0/2)