NSW's rising stars have provided disillusioned Blues fans a glimmer of hope with a convincing 30-8 victory over Queensland in a fiery under-20s State of Origin clash on Saturday.
A well-organised NSW never looked like giving up their series domination at Sportingbet Stadium, Dean Pay's men earning their third straight win since the series began in 2012.
The Blues enjoyed the lion's share of possession in both halves, wrecking havoc on Queensland's disjointed right edge through Newcastle flyer Jake Mamo who posted the series' first ever hat-trick.
NSW needed just 10 minutes to open their account, Canterbury's Tyrone Phillips capitalising on a loose but well-placed high ball off the boot of Mitchell Moses.
Mamo crossed barely three minutes later for the first of his three tries, showing off his pace to plant a rolling grubber from an unlikely kicker in front-rower Jake Trbojevic.
His second gave the Blues an 18-4 lead at half-time, before wrapping the game up with an impressive third in the game's closing stages.
It capped off a remarkable fortnight for Mamo, who only made his NRL debut for the Knights on April 18 against Brisbane.
"It's all come pretty quickly the last three weeks but I'm enjoying it now - hopefully I can keep it up for a while," he said.
The night, however, was one to forget for the Maroons, who suffered an early scare when skipper Anthony Milford went down with an apparent ankle injury.
But the in-form Canberra custodian - who struggled to make his mark as he switched between five-eighth and fullback - bounced back as tensions spilled over with the first of a number of heated bust-ups leaving NSW's Matthew Lodge in the sin bin.
He was soon followed by Queenslander John Folau for his involvement in another all-in scuffle, but returned to get the Maroons' first four-pointer minutes before the break.
The Blues held solid in defence as their rivals came out charging in the second half, and continued their attacking rampage with a 52nd minute try to Sione Mata'utia to put them up 24-4.
Luke Bateman posted a consolation try for Queensland with eight minutes left and looked like getting another in the dying moments only to be called back for a forward pass.
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