Queensland level Origin

Qld have levelled the State of Origin rugby league series, winning game II 18-16 at Homebush.

Many expected Johnathan Thurston’s return to make a difference – and he did: kicking the game-winning conversion in the final minutes.

Queensland came back from a 16-6 halftime deficit with two tries to Dane Gagai.

The series moves to Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park) for the decider on July 12, with Queensland keen to mark Thurston’s final Origin with another series win

NSW dominated the first half, opening up a 16-6 lead with tries to Jarryd Hayne, Brett Morris and Mitchell Pearce. The opening try to Queensland’s Valentine Holmes was controversial, with the Bunker ruling there was insufficient evidence that he put a foot into touch before scoring.

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