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All smiles for our Blues Under 19s after Origin win over Queensland

Three Wests Tigers pathways players have woken up to blue skies with big smiles after a night of Origin success at Leichhardt.

The women’s and men’s NSW teams have both claimed victory over Queensland in the Under 19’s State of Origin.

Blues Under 19's Women lifting the Origin shield at Leichhardt
Blues Under 19's Women lifting the Origin shield at Leichhardt

The women’s side defeated the Maroons 22-6 before the men did likewise, thumping the Queenslanders 32-4.

Lasana Lutu, a rising star from Leumeah, helped steer her side around the park from five eighth as the Blues piled on five tries.

It continues Lutu’s rapid rise through the ranks having only recently represented NSW City at the Women's National Championships.

Losana Lutu: Winning debut for NSW Under 19s
Losana Lutu: Winning debut for NSW Under 19s

She played a pivotal role in setting up Andie Robinson’s first try before putting on a display of fancy footwork to assist Robinson’s second.

It was also a special night for Robinson, who scored three tries on the same ground that her father Clint made his debut for the Balmain Tigers in 1987.

Next up at Leichhardt was the men’s Under 19’s with two more Wests Tigers players in the mix.

Brandon Tumeth and Justin Matamua were both strong for the Blues, each running for over 100 metres.

Big night on the right edge for Brandon Tumeth
Big night on the right edge for Brandon Tumeth

Playing in the second row, Tumeth played the full seventy minutes and showed his versatility by shifting to centre to cover for the injured Paul Alamoti.

Matamua was exceptional through the middle of the park and impressed with his ball-playing abilities, along with his rock-solid defence that saw him make 28 tackles without missing any.

Justin Matamua: Exceptional through the middle for NSW
Justin Matamua: Exceptional through the middle for NSW

Wests Tigers Director of Football, Tim Sheens says all three players should be very proud of their achievement.

"They represented their state which is a mighty achievement in itself.

They also represented our club in style, and for that they are to be congratulated.”

Representative Round continues tonight as Wests Tigers Harvey Norman Women's players Jessica Sergis and Kezie Apps go up against the Maroons in Women’s State of Origin at GIO Stadium.

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