NSW Under-20s Remain Undefeated
NSW remain undeated in the Under-20s clash against their Queensland counterparts, winning their fourth consecutive title in the curtain-raiser to State of Origin at Suncorp Stadium.
Gold Coast Titans winger Brian Kelly claimed a sensational fourth-try performance for NSW in their dominant 32-16 victory.
NSW took a 12-4 halftime with Kelly earning his first two tries before the break while preventing Queensland's first try with a brilliant try-saving tackle.
NSW seized an early 12-0 lead after just 15 minutes. Both of Kelly's tries came in similar fashion with the play shifting right to left before crossing.
Desperation defense by NSW denied Queensland several tries before they crossed with a spectacular effort five minutes from halftime. A fifth-tackle kick from inside their own half richocheted off NSW to land back in the hands of Queensland who kicked cross field 40 metres out for Gideon Gela-Mosby to score.
Queensland opened the second-half scores to cut the deficit to 12-10 with 30 minutes remaining in the contest.
However, it was all NSW from there as Latrell Mitchell split two defenders to speed down the left sideline for a 16-10 lead before Kelly scored his next two tries to put the game out of reach for Queensland who trailed 32-10 with eight minutes to go.
Kelly completed his hat-trick with a sensational one-handed leap for the tryline before Kelly found space down after a swift sleight of hands to put Jackson Hastings over for a commanding 26-10 lead.
Kelly landed his fourth try in the dying minutes followed by Queensland scoring a consolation try.