100 Best Origin Moments #21

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 Heroes.

21. Game 3, 2011 Thurston returns to the field to celebrate in a wheel chair

Darren Lockyer's final match in state colours proved to be a bittersweet one for his halves partner Johnathan Thurston, who he was floored by a serious knee injury in a tackle on Blues forward Anthony Watmough in the 56th minute. In the aftermath of the Maroons 34-24 win, which kept the shield north of the Tweed for a sixth consecutive year, Thurston provided the game with an enduring image when he joined his teammates, wheelchair and all to celebrate the victory.

Watch it HERE.