100 Best Origin Moments #30
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.
30. Game One, 1993: Arguably NSW's greatest ever defensive performance
With Wally Lewis carrying the clipboard and the Lang Park faithful baying for blood the Blues produced one of the great defensive displays of the modern era, grimly defending a 12-2 halftime lead to hold out the fast-finishing Maroons and take a 1-0 lead in the series. Forced to make an energy-sapping 161 second-half tackles, and at one point repelling 21 consecutive tackles in their own 10 metre zone, the Blues effort was made even more remarkable by the fact they only used 15 players throughout the game, with coach Phil Gould keeping reserve backs Jason Taylor and Brett Mullins on the bench for the entirety of the match.