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Queensland’s Patrick Carrigan created State of Origin history, becoming the first debutant to win the Wally Lewis Medal after incredible first three matches in his representative career.

The Maroons overcame concussions to two players in the opening minutes to win the 2022 series 2-1 with a 22-12 win in game three that was sealed by a remarkable intercept try from Ben Hunt.

Winning the series medal is an incredible feat from Carrigan, who made his Origin debut in game one. He is one of three Maroons to have played in this year’s squad to have won the Wally Lewis Medal, joining 2017 winner Dane Gagai and 2020 winner Cameron Munster, who missed the decider.

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“I don’t know what to say,” he said after receiving the medal from ‘The King’ Lewis.

“I think the two fullbacks of both sides probably one of them should be wearing this.”

Carrigan ran for 130 metres and laid a game-high 45 tackles, edging out the likes of Kalyn Ponga (299 metres, three linebreaks) and James Tedesco (285 metres) for the prestigious award.

However, despite the excellence of the two No.1s, Carrigan’s heroics from the series-opener as well as his terrific game three performance were enough to net him the incredible honour.

“I can’t even explain tonight. The whole series has been unreal,” he told Maroons great Darren Lockyer after the match.

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“Billy (Slater) said at the start of the camp that you never have a mortgage on a Maroons jersey and just the time that him … Nate Myles, Greg Inglis, Jono Thurston, all those guys have had for us to learn and teach us, and they’re some of the greats of the game, it’s just been unreal.”

Carrigan revealed how a pre-game visit from injured Maroons teammates Reuben Cotter and Xavier Coates had spurred he and his teammates.

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“Yeah (felt the Queensland spirit) for sure. I think even pre-game I got a bit of a good feeling,” he said.

“We came downstairs and Reuben Cotter and big Xavier Coates were in the team room and that was a nice little surprise for the boys that they got to come here and they were a massive part of what we did in game one.”

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Read Now: LIVE: Eels respond over star's alleged pub act – 101 Latest News



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Parramatta five-eighth Dylan Brown has been charged with five counts of sexual touching without consent after an alleged incident at a hotel in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on Saturday night.

It’s understood police were called when a 20-year-old woman reported the alleged incident to staff at the Golden Sheaf pub.

NSW Police confirmed that Brown is due to answer the charges at the Downing Centre Local Court this week.

“About 11.40pm yesterday officers attached to Eastern Suburbs PAC were called to a hotel on South Head Rd at Double Bay following a report of sexual touching,” a police statement read.

“Police arrested a 22-year-old man. He was taken to Waverley Police Station where he has been charged with sexually touch another person without consent.

“He was granted bail to appear before Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday, June 7.”

The Eels had the bye this weekend and play the Bulldogs next Monday afternoon.

“The Parramatta Eels have been made aware of an incident involving Dylan Brown last night,” Parramatta said in a statement.

“The club has advised the NRL integrity unit as per our normal process. As it is a police matter, the club will not be making further comment at this time”.

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Read Now: Rennes make top four, Nantes survive and Auxerre relegated on Ligue 1 final day – 101 Latest News



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Rennes edged out Lille and Monaco to secure a top-four finish while Nantes’ first league win since February saw them stay up at Auxerre’s expense on a dramatic final day of Ligue 1 action.

Rennes clinched a 2-1 victory against Brest thanks to a Benjamin Bourigeaud brace, seizing on Lille’s 1-1 draw with relegated Troyes and Monaco’s 2-1 reverse against Toulouse to take fourth.

Bruno Genesio’s side thus secured Europa League football for next season, while Paulo Fonseca’s Lille must settle for a Europa Conference League spot and Monaco missed out entirely.

Champions Paris Saint-Germain squandered a two-goal lead in a 3-2 loss to Clermont, meaning they finished just one point clear of runners-up Lens, who ended the season with a 3-1 win at Auxerre.

That victory allowed Nantes to finalise a great escape in their final game, vaulting Auxerre to secure safety with a 1-0 win over relegated Angers.

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Read Now: Super Rugby finals confirmed after Force flop – 101 Latest News



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A second string Chiefs team kept the Queensland Reds’ season alive as the ladder leaders destroyed the Western Force 43-19 in Perth on Saturday night.

A Force victory would have catapulted the club into the quarter-finals and knocked Brad Thorn’s Reds out of the playoffs.

But the Force got stage fright as a severely understrength Chiefs side played with immense freedom and confidence in the final game of the regular season.

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The Chiefs already had top spot locked up heading into round 15 and coach Clayton McMillan rested stars Damian McKenzie, Emoni Narawa, Brad Weber, Luke Jacobson, Sam Cane, Brodie Retallick and Samisoni Taukei’aho.

But, led well by All Blacks centre Anton Lienert-Brown, the Chiefs youngsters took their opportunities superbly in front of a shell-shocked Sea of Blue.

Lienert-Brown scored one of the better tries of the night when he calmly collected a cross-kick from five-eighth Rameka Poihipi to complete a raid sparked by fullback Shaun Stevenson.

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The Chiefs will now host a quarter-final against the Reds in Hamilton after Queensland were thrashed 41-17 by the Fijian Drua in Suva earlier on Saturday.

The Crusaders, who lost 27-26 to the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday, finished second on the ladder and will host the Drua in Christchurch.

The third-placed Blues will welcome the NSW Waratahs in Friday’s opening quarter-final, while the fourth-ranked Brumbies will entertain the Hurricanes in Canberra on Saturday.


Friday: Blues (3) vs Waratahs (6) in Auckland

Saturday: Chiefs (1) vs Reds (8) in Hamilton

Saturday: Crusaders (2) vs Drua (7) in Christchurch

Saturday: Brumbies (4) vs Hurricanes (5) in Canberra

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