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NSW Under 18s make history with commanding win

The NSW Under 18s have made history with victory in the inaugural women's State of Origin clash with a 24-4 defeat over Queensland at North Sydney Oval on Friday. 

Two tries to Teagan Berry on either side of half-time set the platform for a memorable victory while Caitlin Johnston proved a handful and claimed Man of the Match honours. 

Queensland dominated field position for a large part of the first half but it was NSW who prevailed with an early lead as Teagan Berry streaked 90m against the run of play with a blistering run down the left-hand touchline. 

They threatened for a quick reprieve shortly after but the defiant NSW defence was rewarded when Olivia Kernick latched onto a cross-field kick from Tiana Graham for back-to-back tries. 

Emily Curtain converted from out wide to take an eventual 12-0 advantage into half-time. 

Berry continued to dazzle with some dynamic efforts – with an attempted grubber and regather around fullback China Polata although was unable to keep hold of the ball. 

She made amends just moments later, however, when she found open space in the left-hand corner before Curtain nailed the sideline conversion to set a rather unassailable 18-0 lead with just 20 minutes remaining. 

Queensland had a glimmer of hope when Courtney Tamati crossed with just 15 minutes remaining, but a powerful try to Johnston in the dying stages put the icing on the cake. 

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