Paul Gallen was at a loss to explain New South Wales' 26-16 loss to Queensland in State of Origin II on Wednesday.
The loss condemned New South Wales to yet another series loss, meaning Queensland have won every series since 2006 with the exception of 2014.
And for the most part, the Blues controlled the contest at Suncorp Stadium, but they failed to reflect that on the scoreboard.
"It's the old saying...it's a game of inches. What do you say? They took their opportunities. We didn't," Gallen, captain of New South Wales, said.
Michael Jennings attempted an unsuccessful catch late in the second half which cost Tyson Frizell a double and chance to pull off a come-from-behind victory.
"We just didn't take our opportunities tonight," Gallen said.
"We had a couple at the end there that we were an inch off. At this level that's what it takes. Unfortunately they took their opportunities when they came and we missed a couple at the end there which was the difference.
"The possession in the first half...we had 40 or 50 more tackles...it just zaps your energy. And to their credit their halves controlled it, they kicked well. We finished strong but we blew a couple of tries at the end there which would have been the difference."
New South Wales front-rower Aaron Woods was somewhat less controlled in his assessment.
"It's s***house," Woods told Channel Nine.
"It's probably the best way to put it. We just let them off the hook again tonight like game one.
"We're going to have to really rip in in game three so we don't get whitewashed now."