100 Best Origin Moments #39
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.
39. Game One, 1992: NSW captain Ben Elias celebrates a 14–6 win with his mother despite being covered in blood from a head cut.
It certainly was a different game in those days. Looking like a background dancer out of Michael Jackson's Thriller film clip didn't stop NSW rake and skipper Ben Elias from planting a couple of kisses on his mum and covering her in claret in the process to celebrate a hard fought 14-6 win at the SFS. It was a case of last man standing in this grimly contested affair, with Maroons forward Gary Larson being stretchered off in the first half and being joined on the sidelines by Queensland prop Steve Jackson, while NSW counterparts Bradley Clyde and Laurie Daley were also casualties in the bruising win that set the Blues on the path to a series win.