100 Best Origin Moments #8
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. This week: Origin's Greatest Milestones.
Game Three, 2001: Darren Lockyer sets new Maroons points-scoring record
As one Maroons legend came back to rule the roost at Brisbane’s ANZ Stadium, another wrote his name into the record books. Allan Langer’s cloak-and-dagger return from England inspired the Queenslanders to a 40-14 demolition of NSW, and with a 16-point haul in the form of two tries and four goals, skipper Darren Lockyer took his series tally to 34, moving past the mark Mal Meninga set way back in 1983. The Blues had earlier managed to open the scoring with the fastest try in Origin history when centre Ryan Girdler touched down after just 39 seconds, but it was all downhill from there as the Maroons skipped to a 28-8 halftime lead and went on to secure Lockyer’s first series win as captain.