NSW kept the Professional Bull Riders Australia Origin Series alive after beating Queensland at the AELEC Arena in Tamworth, NSW on Saturday night.
In front of a packed house, NSW contested the three-round series at 1-1. Queensland won both contested series.
The 2022 decider will be held in Brisbane on May 21.
The NSW squad included Tamworth cowboy Lachlan Slade.
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While Slade was unhappy with his own performance, having ridden just one of the three bulls, he was “pretty happy with how everyone pulled together” for NSW.
“The boys kind of gritted their teeth a little harder than usual – the boys rode well,” he said.
NSW trailed until they got four qualifying runs in the second section of round two.
Gresford rider Lachlan Richardson went three for three to win the event, shooting to second in the national standings in the process.
The veteran made the World Finals in Las Vegas but did not win the Australian Championship.
Michael Smith, from Tully in Queensland, was the only other rider to cover all three bulls.
New South Wales captain Cody Heffernan of Singleton has ridden two out of three bulls and is currently number one in the national rankings.
Three-time Australian champion Aaron Kleier rode just one bull and fell to third in the national rankings.
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