How the Blues pulled off a miracle to lead at half-time

New South Wales have snatched two tries despite being down a man in the final moments of the first half.

James Maloney was sin-binned for a professional foul in the 30th minute of the first half, and it opened the floodgates for both sides to attack.

Queensland were able to strike first, capitalising on the penalty by adding a further two points to Valentine Holmes’ earlier converted try.

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Tom Trbojevic kicked off the amazing comeback when he intercepted a long-pass from Cameron Munster, running the length of the field to get NSW on the scoreboard.

With James Maloney sidelined Nathan Cleary stepped up to the tee to convert the try, bringing NSW within two points of Queensland.

Shortly after, and against the odds, the Blues crossed again when James Tedesco scored directly under the posts.

Despite being down a man, New South Wales were able to take a 12-8 lead into the half-time break.

Tariq Sims and James Tedesco celebrate a try. Pic: Getty