Queensland Coach Kevin Walters has warned NSW that the Maroons’ dynasty is far from over after the Blues prevented a State of Origin series clean sweep.
The Blues were buoyant about the future after winning game three 18-14 at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night in skipper Paul Gallen’s final interstate game.
NSW blooded eight debutants in a significant changing of the guard in the Maroons 2-1 series win and say their come-from-behind win in game three will give them the momentum they need heading into 2017.
But Walters, who enjoyed series success in his first year since taking over from Mal Meninga, said the great Queensland side hadn’t run out of steam yet.
“NSW finished off a tough series well,” Walter said.
“But we will get confidence with this team knowing what we have done before. We lost in 2014 and we have gone on to win the next two so we know how to bounce back.”
“Right now we will enjoy this series win and then move on next year.”
Game three rookies Wade Graham and James Tedesco were the latest of a string of debutants in 2017 for NSW that included Matt Moylan, Jack Bird and Tyson Frizell.
But Queensland will have Dylan Napa, Ben Hunt, Anthony Milford, Valentine Holmes and Cameron Munster available after the youngsters were excluded from this year’s due to a disciplinary suspension.
Queensland veterans Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston will go around one more time at least.
But Gallen said the Blues have a great launching pad following their win, which was secured by a Michael Jennings try with 78 seconds left.
“It will be enormous,” Gallen said.
“They are so close, you have only have to look at games one and two.
“We stood up to them tonight and that will be fantastic for confidence going forward.
“We are on the way. We are not exactly where we want to be but there are a lot of young guys coming through compared to Queensland.
“We are building this side and in another year or two those blokes will be more than capable.”
Working against the Blues is the fact that Brisbane will host two games last year, where NSW have won one of the past nine matches.