Isabelle Kelly scores late try as NSW Sky Blues beat Queensland Maroons 20-14 in Canberra

Isabelle Kelly smiles and hugs in a bundle of Blues players

ABC Sport

New South Wales have beaten Queensland 20-14 in Canberra to claim the women’s State of Origin crown for the first time since 2019.

Both sides scored three tries apiece, with the greater accuracy off the boot of Rachael Pearson the major difference.

NSW halfback Pearson kicked two conversions and two penalty goals, while her opposite number, Ali Brigginshaw, missed a shot from just left of the posts after Destiny Brill’s opener in the ninth minute.

Bench utility Lauren Brown also missed a conversion from the sideline that would have tied the scores at 14 with just over 10 minutes left.

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