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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 July, 2004, 12:09 GMT 13:09 UK
NSW 36-14 Queensland
MATCH DETAILS
Mark Gasnier got two tries for New South Wales
NSW: 36
Tries: Gasnier 2, Barrett, Rooney, Minichiello, Fittler
Goals: Fitzgibbon 4, Gasnier
Queensland: 14
Tries: Slater, Bowen
Goals: Smith 3
New South Wales went on a six-try spree as they trounced Queensland in the State of Origin decider in Sydney.

The Blues led 18-8 at half-time after two tries from Mark Gasnier and one from Trent Barrett.

And after the break, they extended their lead with touchdowns from Luke Rooney, Anthony Minichiello and Origin legend Brad Fittler.

Queensland, who were outplayed for most of the game, landed just two tries through Billy Slater and Matt Bowen.

The victory meant the Blues secured the Origin series 2-1.

Queensland won the second match in Brisbane 22-18 after New South Wales took the first 9-8 in Sydney.

There was no fairytale - I've had a fairytale run my whole life
Brad Fittler
It was a fitting end for New South Wales coach Phil Gould and stand-off Fittler who made their final bow in representative football as winners.

Fittler brought the capacity crowd of more than 82,000 packed into Sydney's Telstra Stadium to its feet after he charged down an attempted clearance kick with six minutes left and scored under the posts.

But, after the match, he was determined to put the try into the context of his career.

"There was no fairytale," said Fittler. "I've had a fairytale run my whole life."

Gould retires, having won 14 of 24 Origin matches and six series.


New South Wales: Minichiello, Rooney, Cooper, Gasnier, Lewis, Fittler, Barrett, Tyles, Buderus, O'Meley, Hindmarsh, Fitzgibbon, Timmins
Replacements: Mason, Kite, Kennedy, Wing.

Queensland: Wesser, Sing, Tate, Tonga, Slater, Lockyer, Prince, Webcke, Smith, Price, Crocker, Carlaw, Flannery.
Replacements: Ross, Civoniceva, Bowman, Bowen.

Referee: Paul Simpkins (Australia)




SEE ALSO
Queensland 22-18 NSW
16 Jun 04  |  Rugby League
Blues turn to Finch
13 Jun 04  |  Rugby League
Fittler makes Origin return
07 Jun 04  |  Rugby League
NSW 9-8 Queensland
26 May 04  |  Rugby League


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