State of Origin: New South Wales 26-18 Queensland
|New South Wales (14) 26|
|Tries: Jennings, J. Morris, Woods, Dugan Goals: Hodkinson 5|
|Queensland (10) 18|
|Tries: Scott, Inglis, Gillett Goals: Thurston 3|
New South Wales levelled the 2015 State of Origin series by beating Queensland in front of a record 91,513 crowd at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Josh Dugan's late try after Maroons centre Greg Inglis had a score chalked off was enough to keep the Blues' hopes of retaining the shield alive.
Laurie Daley's side led 14-10 at half-time from tries by Michael Jennings, Josh Morris and Aaron Woods.
Queensland replied through Matt Scott, Inglis and Matt Gillett.
Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium will stage the deciding match of the series on 8 July.
|New South Wales v Queensland... in Victoria?|
|This was the eighth Origin game to take place in Melbourne and the fourth at the MCG after matches in 1994, 1995 and 1997.|
The decision to take the game to a neutral venue was rewarded with an Origin-best crowd, and an end-to-end encounter that was skilful and spiteful in equal parts.
Jennings gave New South Wales an early lead, streaking in after the ball was moved left, then right and left again, but Queensland responded as Corey Parker picked out Scott to power his way over.
Morris followed up his try in the first encounter of the three-match series with another in the second, taking Pearce's kick under pressure to score, although Inglis replied when he rounded off an excellent left-edge move.
Trent Hodkinson's penalty goal tipped New South Wales further ahead before the break, but Queensland fought back after the break, with a score from Gillett and Johnathan Thurston's penalty goal moving them four points clear.
Woods' powerful effort turned the game back in the Blues' favour, and after New South Wales half-back Mitchell Pearce and Queensland centre Inglis had tries ruled out, Dugan scythed through for the deciding four-pointer.
New South Wales: Dugan; B. Morris, Jennings, J. Morris, Hopoate; Pearce, Hodkinson; Woods, Farah, Tamou, Scott, Hoffman, Gallen.
Replacements: Merrin, Cordner, Klemmer, Jackson.
Queensland: Slater; Boyd, Inglis, Hodges, Chambers; Thurston, Cherry-Evans; Scott, Smith, Myles, Guerra, Thaiday, Parker.
Replacements: Morgan, McGuire, Gillett, Lillyman.