'Fantastic' Trbojevic wins Wally Lewis Medal

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Tom Trbojevic has been awarded the Wally Lewis Medal arsenic the 2021 State of Origin subordinate of the bid aft a spectacular showing.

While Queensland took retired Origin III 20-18, the NSW Blues claimed the bid 2-1, with the triumph sealed successful the opening 2 matches, wherever Trbojevic was dominant.

Although helium was held scoreless successful the Origin finale, the 24-year-old Blues prima ended the bid with 4 tries successful 3 matches, including a hat-trick successful NSW's 50-6 triumph successful the Origin opener.

Trbojevic's Game One hat-trick was incredibly his 2nd successful 2 Origin bid aft helium destroyed Queensland successful the Blues' 2019 victory.

NSW centre Tom Trbojevic runs distant to people a effort during crippled 2 of the 2021 State of Origin series. (Getty)

"To Queensland, I privation to accidental convey you for the series, excessively bully contiguous truthful good done connected that," Trbojevic said aft receiving the medal.

"To our boys, a disappointing 1 contiguous but it's been an implicit pleasance doing this.

"To Freddy and the coaching staff, a large convey you to you guys, couldn't person done it without you. All the champion guys."

NSW large Peter Sterling credited Trbojevic for his quality to predominate contempt not playing successful the customary fullback presumption helium has made his ain for Manly.

Trbojevic ripped the Maroons isolated successful Game One with a scintillating hat-trick and scored different successful Game Two (Getty)

"He was fantastic," Sterling told Nine.

"[He played] a antithetic presumption to what we usually spot each week for his club, but immoderate fig helium has connected his back, particularly astatine this level with elite players, helium wants to beryllium astir the football.

"I thought they controlled him reasonably good successful the opening 20 minutes tonight, the longer the crippled went, the amended helium got. He's had a phenomenal series."

Trbojevic is conscionable the 5th NSW subordinate to triumph the Wally Lewis Medal, joining Craig Fitzgibbon, Anthony Minichiello, Paul Gallen and James Tedesco.

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