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20:32  10 july  2019
20:32  10 july  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

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Brad Fittler said James Tedesco has " proved a lot of people wrong " after his late heroics guided New South Wales Blues to a last-gasp victory over Queensland Maroons in a thrilling State of Origin decider. The Blues retained the Origin shield in a dramatic 26-20 triumph in Sydney thanks to

James Tedesco was the State of Origin hero for New South Wales Blues and earned effusive praise from coach Brad Fittler . Brad Fittler said James Tedesco has " proved a lot of people wrong " after his late heroics guided New South Wales Blues to a last-gasp victory over Queensland Maroons in a

Blues' Origin hero Tedesco has proved a lot of people wrong - Fittler© Getty Images James Tedesco celebrates for NSW Blues

Brad Fittler said James Tedesco has "proved a lot of people wrong" after his late heroics guided New South Wales Blues to a last-gasp victory over Queensland Maroons in a thrilling State of Origin decider.

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The Blues retained the Origin shield in a dramatic 26-20 triumph in Sydney thanks to Tedesco's dramatic try in the final 30 seconds, having initially seen a 12-point lead wiped out by Queensland.

Tedesco's Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson described him as the best player in the world earlier this year and Fittler admits he never saw the Wally Lewis Medal winner, awarded to the player of the series, reaching such lofty heights in his career.

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Brad Fittler said James Tedesco has " proved a lot of people wrong " after his late heroics guided New South Wales Blues to a last-gasp victory Tedesco 's Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson described him as the best player in the world earlier this year and Fittler admits he never saw the

He’s proved a lot of people wrong . Fittler became only the second NSW coach in Origin history after Phil Gould to hoist the interstate spoils twice. He still has one more year to run on his Blues deal, which automatically rolled over to the end of 2020 after he won last year's series.

"You've got to say at the moment [he's the best in the game], but he's got a long way to go. I could never see the player he is today. I just never saw it. He's proved a lot of people wrong," Fittler said.

"He plays the big games so well. He's pretty good. He was solid today from a point of view he took some tough runs and the stuff he does working around the ball and defence, there's no doubt they've all learned off Billy [Slater].

"That job is so difficult and you've got to be so fit. He's special."

Fittler ran onto the ANZ Stadium pitch in jubilation after Tedesco's score and the coach briefly feared he may have cost his side the try.

"I was a bit nervous because I was on the field and I was thinking, 'can they take the try off us because I'm on the field?'” Fittler joked.

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Brad Fittler coaches from the sideline during Origin II in Perth. Credit:NRL Photos. I can speak to the players directly and I just find it a lot more fun. I loved being down in the rain at Optus Stadium for game two. The result obviously helped, but you can take it all in a lot better when you're right on top

James Tedesco was the State of Origin hero for New South Wales Blues and earned effusive praise from coach Brad Fittler . The Blues — boasting just 39 games of Origin experience — will hope they have started a new Origin era QUEENSLAND rugby league legend Wally Lewis says a Queensland

"Queensland has done that a lot to us and it was nice to get one back."

The Blues have won back-to-back titles for the first time since 2005 and ended a run of seven straight defeats in Origin deciders.

But Queensland coach Kevin Walters, who has been rumoured as a candidate to take over at the Gold Coast Titans should Garth Brennan be dismissed, insists he will stick around.

"I'll be back next year," Walters said. "I'm a really proud Queenslander tonight. I'm really proud of these guys. We made some good progress this year," he said.

"If you look back at the changing of the guard but we made some even bigger ones this year with the group we brought through. I want to be part of that next year, with the Maroons, going forward."

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