Maroons clinch back-to-back Origin series with 10-6 win

Queensland snapped an 11-match winless sequence at Sydney's Olympic Stadium to beat New South Wales 10-6 on Wednesday and clinch back-to-back State-of-Origin series for the first time since 1995.
It was the fourth consecutive match win for Queensland in the annual interstate series, rallying after a loss in the opener last year to win the 2006 series 2-1 and then securing the '07 series with a match to spare.
"It was a great performance tonight ... our defense and our guts won it for us," Queensland captain Darren Lockyer said.
Queensland had to overcome an early deficit for the second time of the series to win.
After scoring 19 unanswered second-half points to win the opener 25-18 at Brisbane last month, the Queenslanders again went behind in the opening 10 minutes.
Stewart, a late substitute in the starting side for injured fullback Anthony Minichiello, scored on his Origin debut when he darted across from dummy half at close range to give New South Wales a 6-0 lead.
The Queenslanders equalized when Greg Inglis crossed in the 21st minute. Hooker Cameroon Smith went the short side from dummy half on the last tackle and flung a ball to Inglis on his left as he took out two defenders.
The match was locked for more than 40 minutes until Steve Bell _ shifted from center to the right wing when Brent Tait hobbled off with a leg injury _ chased through a Johnathon Thurston kick and swooped up a half-volley in the corner to give Queensland a 10-6 margin.
It ended a shocking run in Sydney for Queensland, which had never won an Origin match at the Olympic Stadium, with 10 losses and a draw dating back to 1999.
It was the first time New South Wales has lost four consecutive Origin matches since 1988-89, when the Blues lost six in a row.
Scorers:
Queensland 10 (Greg Inglis, Steven Bell tries; Johnathon Thurston conversion), New South Wales 6 (Brett Stewart try; Jamie Lyon conversion)