New South Wales 277 and 3 for 28 (Cutting 2-4) trail Queensland 282 and 218 (Hopes 72, O'Keefe 4-66, Henriques 3-60) by 195 runs
New South Wales' bowlers shrugged off the loss of Doug Bollinger to restrict Queensland's lead, but the visiting batsmen stumbled to 3 for 28 at stumps in pursuit of 224 for victory in the Sheffield Shield match in Brisbane.
The in-form Ben Cutting struck twice and Luke Feldman once in the closing overs of the day, leaving much for the New South Wales middle order to do if outright points are to taken from the table-topping Bulls.
Queensland had battled to build a substantial lead for most of the day, as the visitors claimed regular wickets on a surface that still provided some assistance on day three.
Their lead might have had less to defend without an aggressive 72 from the captain, James Hopes.
As Bollinger rested an injured ankle, the NSW captain Steve O'Keefe winkled out four batsmen with his thrifty slow left-arm, while Moises Henriques found enough movement to claim three.