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NSW wins Origin series after Baby Blues stage gutsy come-from-behind win in Game 2

Staff writers, June 25, 2018 8:50AM News Corp Australia Network

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The Blues celebrate victory after game two of the State of Origin series. media_cameraThe Blues celebrate victory after game two of the State of Origin series.


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NRL: NSW has claimed just its second State of Origin series in 13 years with an 18-14 victory over Queensland at ANZ Stadium.

Queensland had threatened to break NSW hearts yet again when returning hero Billy Slater celebrated his 30th Origin match by helping the visitors to a 10-0 lead after just 20 minutes.

But after the Blues shot to an 18-10 lead early in the second half, they held on after James Roberts was sin-binned* for a professional foul in the 69th minute.

The game wasn’t without its drama, with Boyd Cordner awarded just the second penalty try in Origin history in the first half to claim the lead in front of 82,223 fans.

Brad Fittler became just the sixth NSW coach to win the Origin title in his first series.

SOCCER: England recorded its biggest ever World Cup finals win by thrashing Panama 6-1 overnight to make it through to the knockout stage after two games.

A hat-trick* from captain Harry Kane — which means he is now the leading scorer in the tournament with five goals — completed the crushing victory.

The result also confirmed Belgium’s qualification* for the knockout stage and means Panama exit the tournament alongside Tunisia.

AFL: GWS will lose key forward Jeremy Cameron to suspension for an important block of AFL matches as the Giants try to break into the top eight.

Match reviewer Michael Christian appears certain to send Cameron directly to the tribunal tomorrow for his heavy clash with Brisbane defender Harris Andrews. It left Andrews concussed and he was later taken to hospital. A four-match ban is most likely.

CRICKET: Australian captain Tim Paine insisted his current champions would be “right in the thick of” next year’s World Cup despite a 5-0 one-day international series loss to England overnight.

Paine’s men were on track for a win when they reduced England to 114 for eight in the fifth one-day international at Old Trafford. But they paid the price hitting a total of just 205 themselves as Jos Buttler’s unbeaten* 110 saw England to a thrilling one-wicket win with nine balls to spare. England’s final score was 9-208.

TENNIS: Novak Djokovic is heading for Wimbledon as a true title contender* again despite finishing second in a 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 loss to Marin Cilic in the Queen’s Club final overnight. Djokovic produced one of his best performances since missing the second half of 2017 with an elbow injury.

KAYAKING: Australia’s Jessica Fox has scored a winning double on the final day of the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Slovakia.

The 24-year-old blew the field away to win by more than seven seconds in the C1 final in cold and wet conditions in the northern town of Liptovsky Mikulas. Her final time was an error-free 1 min 06.34 secs, with Czech Tereza Fiserova second in 1:13.96.


sin-binned: sent off

hat-trick: three in a row

qualification: winning enough matches to make finals

unbeaten: not out

contender: competitor


1. What happened for only the second time in Origin history in Game 2?

2. Harry Kane is the leading World Cup goal-scorer with how many goals?

3. How many weeks is GWS’s Jeremy Cameron expected to be banned for?

4. Did Novak Djokovic win the Queen’s tennis title?

5. How many gold medals did Jessica Fox win at the World Cup?


After reading the article, with a partner, highlight as many pieces of punctuation as you can find in green. Discuss how these are being used, where and how often. What level of the punctuation pyramid is the journalist using in this article?

QUESTION: Will NSW win the third Origin match to make it a 3-0 series win or will Queensland bounce back?

No one-word answers. Explain your answer and use lots of adjectives.

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