Tedesco: NSW on verge of something special
It was NSW's Mark Coyne moment and James Tedesco predicts it's the start of something special for the Blues.
Tedesco wrote himself into Blues folklore when he crossed the ANZ Stadium tryline with 32 seconds on the clock to seal one of the all-time great State of Origin games and a 26-20 win for Brad Fittler's side on Wednesday night.
In 1994, Coyne provided one of the most memorable moments in the game's history when he finished off a 60m try which went through 10 sets of hands to win game one at the SCG.
Commentator Ray Warren famously intoned "that's not a try, that's a miracle", but debate will now rage as to whether Coyne or Tedesco own Origin's best moment.
It's often forgotten that the Maroons went on to lose the 1994 series and those in Tedesco's corner will point out that his four-pointer decided the series with the last play.
Tedesco was mobbed in the Blues sheds afterwards and while he was happy to be arguably the most popular man in the state, he said more importantly it hinted that NSW were on the verge of achieving something special over the next few years.
"I've seen that try 100 times, so if I'm shown scoring 100 times I'll be happy," Tedesco said of comparisons to Coyne's match-winner.
"I've seen that one try get shown a lot as a big Queensland memory and for us to go back-to-back, hopefully it can be a great NSW memory.
"I think it's the start of something special. We've got a young squad, everyone in our team is just a freak and it's awesome to be a part of."
Besides halves Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney, all members of the Blues squad which took the field on Wednesday were on the right side of 30.
While the word dynasty gets thrown around all too often around Origin time, NSW are well positioned to be strong for years to come after winning back-to-back series for the first times since 2005.
At the centre of it all is Tedesco, who after a stellar 12 months has a strong claim to being the best player in the world.
Tedesco credited the "football whisperer" Joe Wehbe, the enigmatic mind coach who he talked to every day in the lead up to game three, as a major factor in his success.
"Joe, he's massive for me," Tedesco said.
"He didn't want me thinking about winning (the Wally Lewis) Medal. He doesn't want it coming into your mind about getting the praise and the achievement, he gave me a clear message to pick my moments and play my best footy.
"I spoke to him every day throughout this week to get my mind clear. I spoke to him (on the phone in the sheds) then. I can't thank him enough."
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