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Fittler dismisses fears Maroons dominance on horizon

NSW coach Brad Fittler has dismissed talk Queensland's upset State of Origin series victory would kick-start a new era of Maroons dominance. 

Arriving back into Sydney following NSW's soul-searching 20-14 loss, Fittler said he would take a few days, possibly weeks, to dissect where it all went wrong for the Blues in the decider.

Supercoach Wayne Bennett defied the odds to guide the Maroons to an unlikely 2-1 series win, blooding 14 debutants in the process.

Harry Grant, Edrick Lee, Corey Allan and Brenko Lee made an immediate impact for Bennett on Origin debut to outshine their more experienced rivals.

Panthers back-rower Kurt Capewell, Lindsay Collins, Jaydn Su'A and Tino Fa'asuamaleaui were among Bennett's best across the three-game Ampol State of Origin series.

Match Highlights: Maroons v Blues

The Maroons were able to win without the likes of Kalyn Ponga, David Fifita and Michael Morgan but Fittler didn't believe NSW had reason to be fearful for the future.

"No, we did a couple of years ago as well," Fittler said.

"We know exactly what they're going through. There's an awful lot of energy around them at the moment.

"We're quite aware that our players have got to be good week-to-week and when we get the opportunity to handle the pressure and nail the situation.

"The best player on the field was the deciding factor. He was pretty good, Cameron Munster, and in the first game.

"Their best player took the result away from us, he was pretty awesome. I've got to give credit where it's due."

Fittler said the Blues quietly celebrated their achievements over the past month in the early hours of Thursday morning but couldn't pinpoint where else the game was lost other than Munster's heroics.

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"We'll have a chance to look over the game at some stage but I still don't know," Fittler said.

"In general I think the players were prepared well. The way they started the game they had plenty of fight and the two games we lost we were on their try line late trying to win the game.

"It's very hard to take away from their spirit. Some execution at times let us down but apart from that I thought they were brave."

Fittler is contracted with the NSWRL for at least another year but admitted his first series loss as a coach is likely to make him approach planning differently in 2021.

"It does, without a doubt. I'm not sure yet but over the next few days and weeks we'll sit down as staff and going over the game," Fittler said.

"It's only day one. It's served its purpose, State of Origin, and enthralled everyone, it's a great contest. We'll dust ourselves off."

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