100 Best Origin Moments #52
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.
52. Game 1, 1988: Queensland win without Wally, highlighted by an Allan Langer ‘kick-and-chase’ try
Playing without talismanic skipper Wally Lewis for the first time in Origin history, the Maroons headed into the 1988 series opener as underdogs defined, but a scrawny 22-year-old halfback by the name of Allan Langer, playing in just his second Origin series, stepped up to lead Queensland to a resounding five tries to three victory on foreign turf. In the process he ensured he would be a permanent fixture of highlights reels for years to come with a miraculous try in which he grubbered not once, not twice but thrice before touching down and sinking the Blues with what would become a customary man-of-the match performance in the Origin arena.