100 Best Origin Moments #16
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.
16. Game Two, 1990: NSW win first Origin game played in Melbourne
Almost a decade before new-kids-on-the-block the Melbourne Storm tasted premiership success in their second season, rugby league showed it was serious about the southern state by taking its centrepiece product, State of Origin, to the Victorian capital. With NSW having won Game 1, a Queensland side packed with some all-time greats, including Wally Lewis, Allan Langer and Mal Meninga, needed a win to keep the series alive. But with the game delicately poised at 8-6 in favour of the Blues, a late Brad Mackay intercept try helped NSW seal the series with a 12-6 win on the back of a man-of-the-match performance from Ricky Stuart. A 25,800-strong crowd at Olympic Park was a positive omen for rugby league's later expansion.