100 Best Origin Moments #50
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.
50. Game One, 1984: Chris Close tackle on Ray Price.
With the announcement that Queensland's favourite son Arthur Beetson had been dumped as Australian coach for the upcoming Ashes series in favour of New South Welshman Frank Stanton, the Maroons went into Game One with revenge well and truly on their minds. And none personified that aggression better than winger Chris 'Choppy' Close who stopped a rampaging Ray Price when he looked all but certain to score with a bell-ringing shoulder charge. The hit brought the man known as Mr Perpetual Motion to a thudding halt and laid the platform for a dominant 29-12 win for the Cane Toads.