State of Origin is brutal, there is no other word to describe it. But there is also plenty of excitement and drama aswell , here are the top 5 moments in the history of State of Origin.
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It is hard not to get excited about State of Origin. Two states going head-to-head in a genuine rivalry that has seen plenty of blows being landed in an attempt to get the upper hand.
In the past, the cries of QUEENSLANDER was enough to start an all-out brawl, even the referee didn’t try to break it up. It was safer to let them go at it.
The game has changed since then though, there is not a lot of fighting now a days as anyone seen throwing punch in the NRL is sent off and this has sanitised Origin somewhat.
Don’t get me wrong, it is still a blood and thunder affair, there just isn’t a lot of actual blood being shed anymore.
Here is a selection of the best five moments in the history of State of Origin. It doesn’t have to be a match-winning that try that makes it a memorable moment. Just something that makes you remember how good State of Origin actually is.
5. The 1995 MCG Brawl – State of Origin Game II – 1995
Remember when I mentioned the all-out brawl over the Queenslander call – well this is that game.
There had been talk that NSW coach Phil Gould called his players to land a punch on the first Maroons player to shout QUEENSLANDER. This got back to the Queensland camp and head coach Paul Vautin asked which player was willing shout it. He admitted around 25 hands went up wanting to shout Queenslander because they knew it would start a brawl.
It happened at the first scrum and Queensland hooker Wayne Bartrim shouted QUEENSLANDER and it was all on. Everyone got involved, Billy Moore and David Barnhill went toe-to-toe with Moore throwing around 30 punches with not a single punch landing on Barnhill.
This will go down as one of the best Origin fights ever.
4. Shaun Timmins drop goal – State of Origin Game I – 2004
Shaun Timmins is one player who had no luck with injuries. He fought back from two career-threatening knee injuries to become the hero for New South Wales in Game I of the 2004 series.
With the game tied at 8-8 at the end of 80 minutes, this game was the first one ever to go to Golden Point extra-time. The Blues piled on the pressure and while Queensland focused on Craig Gower – who had missed three earlier drop goal attempts – they didn’t see Timmins standing back and he received the ball and slotted home a 37-metre drop goal to win the game 9-8.
That winning drop goal capped off a great game for Timmins as he scored New South Wales’ only try of the game as well.
3. Slater chip and chase try – State of Origin Game II – 2004
After the magic of Timmins in Game I, it would need something special to top that in the second game. And it certainly did.
Billy Slater is an NRL and State of Origin legend, but in 2004 he wasn’t that well known. That was until one moment of pure brilliance changed his career forever.
Slater, who was playing on the wing, raced onto a kick through from Darren Lockyer, he then turned NSW fullback Anthony Minichello inside out before putting a kick over his head before collecting it and scoring.
That try will always be linked to Slater’s Origin career and it’s not a bad one is it?
2. Bowen interception in Golden Point extra-time – State of Origin Game I – 2005
For the second series in succession, Game I went to Golden Point extra-time, but this time it was Queensland who were celebrating.
The scores were tied at 20-20 after the Blues had hit back from 13-0 down at half time. They scored two tries in the final 12 minutes through Craig Fitzgibbon and Danny Buderus to send the game into extra-time.
The Blues attempted to launch an attack from inside their own half, halfback Brett Kimmorley threw out a long pass hoping to find Matt King but it was intercepted by Matty Bowen and he raced away to score under the posts and put the Maroons 1-0 up in the series.
1. Miracle try – State of Origin Game 1 – 1994
I never tire of watching this video. The voice of commentator Ray Warren screaming “That’s not a try, that’s a miracle” will stay with me until the day I die.
New South Wales were leading 12-10 heading into the dying second and Queensland were deep inside their own half. It looked the Blues were going to hang on and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Then the unthinkable happened, Queensland went the full length of the field with Steve Renouf, Michael Hancock, Darren Smith, Allan Langer and Mal Meninga all involved, before the ball reached Mark Coyne and he used all his strength to go over in the corner to win the game.
What a game, what a try and what a finish.