Sports fever: PHOTOS AND POLLS

NSW fullback Jarryd Hayne celebrates the Blues' first State of Origin triumph since 2005 with ecstatic fans at ANZ Stadium, Sydney.

NSW fullback Jarryd Hayne celebrates the Blues' first State of Origin triumph since 2005 with ecstatic fans at ANZ Stadium, Sydney.

What a frantic few hours of world-class sport!

First, we saw State of Origin II go down to the wire, with NSW halfback Trent Hodkinson giving the Blues a slim lead with just under 10 minutes left on the clock.

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They managed to hold on, sparking mass celebrations after their first series win since 2005.

After such a physically and mentally draining encounter, many of the 34 players involved will now back up for their NRL clubs this weekend.

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Just hours later, we saw a gallant Socceroos push one of the World Cup favourites right to the brink, narrowly going down 3-2 to the Netherlands.

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The Aussies led early in the second half, but the Dutch were able to fight back and secure the three points.

Undoubtedly, the highlight for many was Tim Cahill's stunning left-footed volley to make it 1-1 in the early stages.

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