Teddy’s ‘confidence’ call behind Latrell bomb

Blues skipper James Tedesco says he has no regrets over handing Latrell Mitchell a do-or-die penalty attempt from the halfway line in Queensland’s game three victory over NSW.

In the end, a 20-18 scoreline saw the Maroons prevent an Origin whitewash, but it could have been a different story had Mitchell managed to get a few extra metres out of his halfway bomb to sail the ball through the upright in the final minute.

Tedesco has since revealed he was the one who ultimately made the call to put the game in Latrell’s hand after his former Roosters teammate put himself forward.

It was a no-brainer for the skipper who had regularly watched Mitchell thump conversions on the training paddock from 50 meters.

“He didn’t strike it his best. At training, he hits them from 60m pretty regularly. It still nearly got there, he has a massive boot on him,” Tedesco said.

“I had confidence in him. If you see him at training, he kicks them from 50m-60m with ease. It’s harder with the pressure and expectation but no regrets there. He had a crack and it just didn’t come off.”

At the time of the attempt, Maroons legend Cameron Smith admitted he was “surprised” the Blues opted against kicking for touch.

“He’s hit them sweetly tonight, but with the series already wrapped up, I was a little bit surprised,” Smith said.

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“I thought New South Wales may have looked for a touch finder deep in Queensland’s territory and then gone for the win with a try.”

Mitchell was asked about the moment immediately following the match.

“My shorts are a bit tight, I don’t know, couldn’t get my legs through,” Mitchell joked.

“But look, everyone dreams of doing that kick and is what it is.”

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He later added: “I keep the same routine, a couple of steps and kick it. There’s always a process, I try to stick by it. I just didn’t connect properly.

“I backed myself 100 per cent. I’ve always done it. That was one of those moments: you dream it as a kid, the big moments in the big arena. What better place than 50m out in an Origin game?

“I’ve kicked a few from there at training but I didn’t hit it as sweet as I should have … still nearly made it. Bit disappointed but that’s that.”

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