New South Wales teenager Jada Taylor stunned experts by sprinting more than 100 meters to win a thrilling State of Origin match. After an onslaught by the Blues, Queensland attempted to score a try and get back in the game with a late attacking kick which agreed with most betting guides for wagers.
However, the local fullback picked up the loose ball on her dead-ball line, evaded defenders to get back into the game, and sped through a gap. Taylor sped away from pursuing Maroons players and could not be caught as she approached the try line.
“That is amazing!” exclaimed Mat Thompson, a commentator for Nine.
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As reported by Phil Gould, Taylor “ran approximately 109 meters” and “made it appear effortless.”
Former Blues star Allana Ferguson was stunned by Taylor’s performance.
“What is the woman’s incapacity?” Ferguson questioned.
This brilliant play by Taylor was the icing on the cake for NSW’s 22-6 victory in front of a large crowd at Leichhardt Oval. The Blues scored the first goal of the interstate match when center Andie Robinson exploited a gap in the defense.
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Robinson scored the first goal of the game before adding two more scores to complete the hat trick. However, it was Taylor who earned MVP honors.
Taylor was named the game’s most valuable player after scoring two tries and running an incredible field length. Queensland scored and converted its second evening try to take the lead, but it was short-lived.
At the stroke of halftime, the Bunker overturned a try scored by the Maroons, preventing them from scoring again.
The Match That Was
The Harvey Norman NSW Under-19 Women’s team defeated Queensland 22-6 at Leichhardt Oval to complete a three-peat in the Women’s State of Origin U19 match.
NSW trailed 6-4 at halftime but rallied to take an 8-6 lead into the break and ultimately won the game. The U18 NSW club won this match in 2019 and has now won the U19 matchup since the concept was changed ahead of the 2021-22 season.
The dynamic center Andie Robinson scored three goals in the fifth period. Losana Lutu was constantly plotting, and winger Petesa Lio made a few noteworthy runs, but fullback Jada Taylor stole the show.
Taylor was a worthy Player of the Match after scoring two tries, assisting on another, and making three line breaks, with the highlight being a full-field try in the final 10 minutes to seal the victory and break the hearts of Queensland.
Taylor explained, “We had a special week in camp, so it was imperative to put on a great performance for our state, our families, and everyone in the audience.”
“Receiving (Player of the Match) is incredibly significant and special, but I believe it is the result of my team’s hard work, not mine.”
Lutu was a handful for the Queensland defense early on, and she had a hand in the first try after passing to Taylor, who quickly passed the ball to Robinson.
The NSW center then stepped back infield and feinted her way past Queensland fullback Chantay Kiria-Ratu to give the home team a 4-0 advantage.
Five-eighth Jada Ferguson responded for Queensland by setting up a sideline break for winger Jetaya Faifua. Kiria-Ratu scored the conversion to give the team a 6-4 lead after Ferguson’s substitution.
The Turning Point
Taylor surprised the Queensland goal-line defense by charging through two defenders from dummy-half and then planting the ball before turning around. Rueben Cherrington could not convert the try, but the home team had regained the lead, 8-6.
Queensland scored due to a kick-off error, but the NSW defense held firm and tackled Faifua into touch. Taylor then exhibited steely nerves to deflect a kick after an awkward bounce and landed on the ground before being driven back toward the goal.
Queensland had one final opportunity to score before halftime when Ferguson offloaded to Otesa Pule, but replays revealed that the back-rower lost the ball while attempting to ground it, giving NSW an 8-6 lead at halftime.
As soon as play resumed, NSW was under siege, but the defense held firm. Queensland forward Jacinta Carter lost possession of the ball while attempting to get to her feet. After dashing to the corner, Queensland winger Helen Uitualagi had an opportunity, but the defense denied her again.