100 Best Origin Moments #25

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.

25. 1980, Meninga 7/7 with the boot

At the ripe old age of 20, in fact he celebrated his birthday that very day; Mal Meninga proved the difference between the two sides with seven goals from seven attempts. Despite being outscored three tries to two, Meninga's trusty toe-pokes from all over the park kept the Maroons in front as they recorded their first win over NSW in 14 matches. Meninga's seven goals is still a Queensland record (shared with Johnathan Thurston who also booted seven in Game Two, 2008), and set him on his way to 161 points, another all-time Origin record.

Watch it HERE.