“There were a couple of defensive lapses which cost us but our effort throughout the whole night, especially in the second half, is what got us to that lead.
“We didn’t want to go in our shell, we wanted to keep that intensity.
“And then we knew if we had one more crack at them at the end we had a shot.
“We have some classy players and Teddy, he’s a freak, we love him.
“He was just awesome tonight.”
Cordner said clinching the series in front of a sold out ANZ Stadium crowd added extra meaning to the win.
“This is unbelievable, mate. We worked so hard. It’s a bit of a different position to what we were in last year,” he said.
“We had to win our last two. Our performance in Perth was outstanding and it was probably not the way we wanted to finish that second half but mate, what a finish.
“At home, in front of our home fans, in our home state, it doesn’t get much better.”
Finally, after six failed attempts in deciders, Mitchell Pearce could toast the 82,565 fans at ANZ.
But he still isn’t sure if that will change his reputation as the scapegoat for Queensland’s decade of dominance.
“I don’t know about that, Joey,” he told Andrew Johns on Channel Nine.
“My Origin career has been up and down.
“To be brought back into the side and do my part for the team . . . I’m just stoked to be here mate. It’s an unreal feeling.”
Pearce also revealed what was running through his mind when he looped the pass to Tom Trbojevic to create the break from which Tedesco scored the match winner.
“We had to chance our arm there. I’m just stoked to be a part of it,” he said.
“It was a long time coming, there was a lot of talk. I’m proud of the state and proud to be part of the team.”
Pearce also paid tribute to the man he replaced in the decider due to injury, Nathan Cleary.
“Obviously I feel for Nath,” he said. “He was a big part of the series.
“To get called back in here and for the game to finish like that . . . we probably could have been up by a few more and it came down to the wire but that feels so good.”