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Hodges: Winning State of Origin is tough

Origins ain’t easy to win. I think that’s the most important thing to remember.

I think we shot ourselves in the foot in Game II by not turning up with the right attitude and trying to get the result over there.

It’s always hard when you come down to someone else’s home ground, particularly in Game III, and try to win, but I think it’s a lesson learned for us.

I think the way the boys turned up for Game III was great… all week, they prepared well and they stayed in the fight. Twelve down with 14 minutes to go, there’s no way any side would have gotten back but a Queensland side.

So, the boys can hold their heads high and understand more how hard it is to win a series, so next year we’ve got to work even harder.

I thought all of the guys were good. Cameron Munster at the back was phenomenal. He did the job.

I think all of the debutants did a fantastic job, but I think Ethan Lowe was outstanding.

To play his debut in a decider, to come in for Matt Gillett who is one of our oldest players in the side having played 20 games, it’s a massive achievement for Lowie.

Also, kicking as well. That last kick he was a bit tired but he did it. That’s what Queensland is all about.

Maroons standout Ethan Lowe on his debut

The boys really showed what Queensland is all about. The last 20 seconds we switched off and they hurt us. Next year we will be better.

I think the most encouraging thing from the night is the way they fought back.

Any other side 12 down with 14 minutes to go would have put the white flag up – too hard, but the boys believed in each other.

That’s the word we used all camp – belief. Keep showing up for each other. The boys did that and that’s all you can ask.

I think every Queenslander back home will be proud of them.