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Maroon Titans lift Origin shield

Gold Coast Titans players Tino Fa'asuamaleaui, Moeaki Fotuaika, Phillip Sami and AJ Brimson all played their part in a Queensland Origin Series victory, with the Maroons claiming the decider at Suncorp Stadium to secure a 2-1 series win.

Playing 58 minutes through the middle, Fa'asuamaleaui notched 121 run metres and 33 tackles to cap a stellar debut series.

His former Melbourne team-mate Cameron Munster starred, with the five-eighth named Wally Lewis Medallist as he sparked the Maroons attack in a 20 points to 14 win.

Queensland's Ampol State of Origin series win was their first since 2017 and marked a triumphant return to the interstate arena for record-breaking coach Wayne Bennett 17 years after his last stint at the helm.

Titans Head of Culture Mal Meninga also continued his incredible run of success as part of the Queensland setup, with the immortal returning as an Assistant Coach for the 2020 series.

Fotuaika (who debuted in Origin 2) and Sami (who played both Origin 1 and Origin 2) remained in the squad and celebrated with their team-mates, while AJ Brimson also had an impact on the series with a stunning debut in Origin 1 before injury ruled him out of the series.

With a full capacity allowed at the match – resulting in the largest crowd on the planet since the global COVID-19 pandemic was declared – the home side led 12-6 at the break and dominated much of the match despite NSW keeping the scoreline close.

The match went right down to the wire with NSW attacking Queensland's line late and calling for a captain's challenge after the siren when Junior Paulo knocked-on, such was the closeness of the final stages.

In a series where Queensland blooded 14 debutants, including four in the decider, the triumph will become a story for the ages.