In the series-opener at Adelaide OvalNSW lost 2021 Medalist Dally M to a head injury in the 69th minute. The Maroons made up for the Manly star’s absence, hitting back to win 26-18 as Hynes, playing on the bench, tackled his replacement, Cameron Munster, to set up a try. to Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow.
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For two games in Brisbanethe Blues lost Trbojevic to a chest injury in the third minute, forcing Damien Cook to play the rest of the game, which the Maroons won 32-6.
Instead, Queensland had its own port of entry for the entire series: Valentine Holmes and Tabuai-Fidow.
“Now you’re sitting back here after this beautiful display for the Blues and you can’t help but ask yourself, ‘What if? What if Turbo hadn’t been injured in the first two games?’,” Gallen said on Nine’s three games.
“They went down in the first game with 10 minutes to go, and the Queenslanders were 12 down but we were still beaten.
“And obviously in the second game he went down a lot, a lot early and we had to replace Damien Cook.
“So they’ve been thrown a few curveballs, the Blues in this series, and you can’t ask yourself, ‘What if Turbo had stayed fit? What if we’d had a real place out there this whole time?’.
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“But it doesn’t have to, the shield doesn’t show, the shield only shows who the winner of the year is.
“Queensland have won the series, but look, the Blues have done well, to save their pride, and few guys would have put their names on next year’s series.”
Knights gun Bradman Best excelled as Trbojevic replaced him for three games, bagging two tries, a line pass and 126 run meters at left centre.
The attacking force was well supported by eighth-ranked Cody Walker, who received the player of the match award after being recalled for his first appearance since three games in the 2020 series.
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