100 Best Origin Moments #5
Game Two, 2002: Lote Tuqiri's Qld points record
Before he had dreadlocks and had tried his hand at the rah-rah game Lote Tuqiri donned the boots for the Maroons in the series opener 2002 without a whole lot of success, landing four from eight attempts for the series. But after the Blues well and truly trounced the Cane Toads 32-4 in Game One as the likes of Jamie Lyon, Danny Buderus and Brett Hodgson made their debuts, it was Tuqiri who had a night to remember in Game Two, running in for the second Queensland hat-trick in the Origin arena, some 18 years after Kerry Boustead's three try effort at Lang Park. Tuqiri also booted three goals in the 26-18 win that squared the series, making him an unlikely pub trivia answer when it comes to the record for most points from a Queenslander in Origin.
Watch it here.