100 Best Origin Moments #36
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.
36. 1987, Game Two: Wally Lewis plants a kiss on Alfie's head as they walk off the SCG after Qld keep series alive.
In just his second match on rugby league's biggest stage, Allan Langer, all 68 kilograms of him, got more than he bargained for as Queensland broke through for their first win in the Origin arena in 23 months. Covered in mud and having out slogged NSW 12-6 at the SCG, Maroons legend Wally Lewis grabbed his young halfback and planted an extra muddy five-second kiss on his forehead to cap the win. Langer and Lewis went on to form one of the most successful halves pairings of Origin history, winning 9 of 14 matches in which they wore the maroon 6 and 7 jerseys.