100 Best Origin Moments #37
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.
37. Game Two, 2007 Game 2: Qld break ANZ Stadium hoodoo
Cathy Freeman, one of Queensland's most famous sporting heroes had both figuratively and literally lit up ANZ Stadium when she won gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, but it took another seven long years for the Maroons to break their drought on the hallowed turf. Having suffered heartbreaking one-point losses in both 2004 and 2006, the Queenslanders held the Blues scoreless in the second half after tries to Blues debutant Brett Stewart (called up just 24 hours before kickoff due to an injury to Anthony Minichiello) and Greg Inglis sent the teams to the sheds locked at 6-all. In the aftermath of the Maroons 10-6 win, which secured a second consecutive series having also won in Game One, former Queensland skipper Paul Vautin told the Brisbane Times "This could be the start of a Queensland dynasty."