100 Best Origin Moments #35
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 Emotions.
35. Game Three, 2004: Brad Fittler crowns his Origin career with a charge-down try
13 years previous they won a maiden premiership for the Panthers, and with the likes of Shaun Timmins, Craig Gower, Matt Orford, Brett Kimmorley and Trent Barrett all injured, NSW coach Phil Gould called on a then 32-year-old Fittler to come out of representative retirement as clubmate Brett Finch made his Origin debut in Game Two. The Blues went down 22-18 at Suncorp, but having lost his previous Origin swansong in 2001, Fittler returned for a fitting triumph in Game Three, capping a 31-game career for NSW with a charge down try as the Blues swept to a 36-14 victory.