State of Origin: Incredible moment NSW’s Isaah Yeo is denied attempt to save draw in FINAL game

Incredible moment NSW’s Isaah Yeo is denied an attempt to salvage a draw in the FINAL game as Queensland triumph in State of Origin Game One thanks to Kalyn Ponga’s miracle tackle

  • Queensland won 16-10 in State of Origin Game One despite returning to NSW
  • The visitors were 16-4 going into the final stages before a Cam Murray try
  • And after capitalizing on a late penalty, NSW attacked the Queensland line
  • As time ticked to 80 minutes, Isaah Yeo went on a wild ride
  • But Queensland full-back Kalyn Ponga made an incredible tackle

New South Wales star Isaah Yeo was dramatically denied a play-saving try by Kalyn Ponga as Queensland triumphed in the first State of Origin clash.

The unsuspecting visitors won 16-10 at Sydney’s Accor Stadium to claim the opener of the three-match series.

With the game on the edge and the clock ticking towards 80 minutes, NSW striker Issah Yeo burst towards the line on the final play but was tackled awfully short in a miracle game from the Queensland full-back Kalyn Ponga.

Isaah Yeo was ultimately disallowed as Queensland held on to a famous win over the Blues

Queensland's Kalyn Ponga (centre) made a fantastic late tackle to help his side beat NSW 16-10

Queensland’s Kalyn Ponga (centre) made a fantastic late tackle to help his side beat NSW 16-10

They survived a late onslaught to claim victory in a dramatic One of the State of Origin game

They survived a late onslaught to claim victory in a dramatic One of the State of Origin game

In an up and down game, Jack Wighton drew first blood for Brad Fittler’s side, scoring in the opening 15 minutes of the game for the hosts to the head start demanded by a crowd of 80,000.

But Origin debutant Selwyn Cobbo put it brilliantly on the point to allow Dane Gagai to collect and score, before veteran half-back Daly Cherry-Evans blasted his way in from a five-yard scrum .

Powerful full-back Ponga then delivered a super pass to Valentine Holmes, who had moved to the wing, to put the away side ahead 16-4 as the game entered the closing stages.

New South Wales shed their first blood against Queensland as Jack Wighton broke the deadlock

New South Wales shed their first blood against Queensland as Jack Wighton broke the deadlock

Queensland hit back against New South Wales with Selwyn Cobbo's kicking magic

Queensland hit back against New South Wales with Selwyn Cobbo’s kicking magic

New South Wales thought they were passed by Junior Paulo before the break

New South Wales thought they were passed by Junior Paulo before the break

However, the bunker stepped in to dismiss Cameron Murray's try for obstruction

However, the bunker stepped in to dismiss Cameron Murray’s try for obstruction

Cameron Murray then set up a grandstand finish for Origin Game One after putting his team a converted score away from the contest tier.

Despite Ben Hunt’s super break for Queensland, which led to Holmes getting his ankle tapped yards from the try line, NSW were awarded a quick penalty and a final six set.

After sweeping up the pitch, Panthers star Yeo picked up the ball from the try line and crossed the Queensland defensive line – only to be carried inches from the posts, with Ponga crucial to bring it down.

With Yeo positioned just under the sticks, it’s almost certain Panthers teammate Nathan Cleary would have kicked to level the game 16-16, but the Maroons held their ground and celebrated wildly as the boos rained down of the Blues crowd.

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