State of Origin: Queensland clinch series over New South Wales

Justin Hodges of Queensland scores try

New South Wales (4) 10

Tries :
McManus, Merrin
Goals:
Maloney 1

Queensland (8) 12

Tries:
Thurston, Hodges
Goals:
Thurston 2

Queensland clinched the 2013 State of Origin series with a narrow 12-10 win over New South Wales in Sydney.

Johnathan Thurston and Justin Hodges scored tries for the visitors, who withstood a fightback from the hosts.

James McManus and Trent Merrin crossed the line for NSW, but Queensland hung on for their eighth straight title.

Queensland had a late try ruled out after a pitch invasion by a streaker saw Matt Scott's effort overruled by the video referee.

The Maroons had levelled the three-match series with a 26-6 win in Brisbane, following NSW's 14-6 victory in the opening match.

When Thurston opened the scoring after only 10 minutes, it looked like the Maroons would ease to another State of Origin success.

Thurston wriggled through two tackles and went over near the posts, adding the conversion and a penalty soon afterwards to open up a 8-0 lead.

McManus halved the deficit for the Blues when he broke Billy Slater's tackle to crash over near the corner flag, but Queensland preserved their 8-4 lead to half time.

Hodges collected a short ball from Cooper Cronk to extend the lead after the break, but Merrin set up a tight finish when he powered over the line with a converted try with nine minutes remaining.

But following the delay over Scott's attempt near the final whistle, Queensland ran down the clock to claim the series 2-1.