Teddy hails Origin man of series Turbo

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NSW captain James Tedesco has hailed the resilience and brilliance of Tom Trbojevic after the Blues' star capped his incredible return from injury to be named player of this year's State of Origin series.

Trbojevic's electric form since returning from a long-term hamstring injury played a large part in NSW reclaiming the shield with their third Origin series win in the past four years.

After only returning to the game in round six this year with the Sea Eagles, Trbojevic has scored 14 tries in nine games at NRL level and scored a hat-trick in game one of Origin and another try in NSW's game two victory in Brisbane.

Trbojevic had a quieter night by those high standards as the Blues narrowly missed a clean sweep of the series in Wednesday's game three at CBUS Super Stadium despite almost getting there in the dying minutes.

The Manly speedster burst clear of the Maroons' defence with less than three minutes to play only for a last-gasp effort by Queensland fullback Kalyn Ponga to deny him what would've been a match-winning try.

In a hot field that included Tedesco and Latrell Mitchell, Trbojevic's efforts were rewarded post-game with the Wally Lewis Medal and it was a fitting reward in the eyes of his captain.

"It's massive for him. I love Tommy," Tedesco said.

"We're really close off the field and we get along really well.

"Obviously he's had a lot of trouble with injuries over the years but I think when he's fit he's just a marvel to watch and to play with.

"I've enjoyed playing with him, he just plays footy and he's hard to stop when he really runs the ball as well. He's awesome. I love him."

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