100 Best Origin Moments #9
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.
9. Game 3, 2013: JT try in record 27th consecutive appearance – Qld wins 8 in a row
It was a special night for the Maroons as they wrapped up a record eighth straight series victory on foreign territory, etching themselves into Australian sporting history as one of the nation's greatest ever sporting dynasties. Fittingly it was the only man to play in every single game of Queensland's record run, Johnathan Thurston, who scored the game's first try with a typically elusive surge in the 10th minute. Renowned as one of the NRL's greatest competitors, JT had earlier in the series broken Gary Larson's 24-game streak for most consecutive Origin appearances, and in the end proved the difference via a first half penalty goal as Queensland triumphed 12-10 and consigned the Blues to yet another heartbreaking defeat.