100 Best Origin Moments #2
Game One of this year's Holden State of Origin Series marks the 100th clash between fierce rugby league rivals New South Wales and Queensland. To mark the occasion NRL.com is reliving 100 of the most iconic moments of the past 34 years of this compelling contest. Right through to Game Three on July 9, we'll publish videos of the Milestones, Superstars, Gamebreakers, Superplays, Heroes, Emotions and Controversy - all of the exciting elements that have made Origin the most-watched spectacle in rugby league. (Watch it here or on the m-site video section.) This week: Origin's Greatest Milestones.
Game Two, 1994: Record crowd of 87,161 attends first Origin match at MCG
Having had their hearts broken by Mark Coyne's completion of a miraculous team try that saw the Maroons snatch victory in the dying seconds of Game One, NSW headed south with a win-at-all-costs attitude and a simple game plan devised by coach Phil Gould. Keeping the ball tight and giving Queensland's star-studded backline little room to move, the Blues dominated from the outset in front of a record crowd at the 'G' as Paul Harragon led from the front with a man of the match performance. NSW's steely defence kept the Cane Toads scoreless for just the second time in history and laid the platform for their first ever come-from-behind series win in the 13th edition of Origin.