100 Best Origin Moments #49
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 Superplays.
49. Game One, 2010: Billy Slater's try saving tackle on Anthony Watmough.
Try telling Billy Slater a dead rubber doesn't matter. With the Maroons having wrapped up the series with wins at ANZ Stadium (28-24) and Suncorp (34-6), the Blues fielded six debutants in Game Three in a bid to restore pride to a NSW outfit beaten for a record fifth consecutive series. And when Anthony Watmough broke into the backfield with 17 minutes to play and the Blues down by a point it looked as though they might snag a consolation win, but the remarkable effort from Slater in roping in one of the hardest-running players in the game before rolling Watmough onto his back with the try line beckoning spurred the Queenslanders on to take the match 23-18 and record their first series whitewash since 1995.