100 Best Origin Moments #55
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.
55. Game Two, 1984: Greg Dowling collects a kick that rebounded off the crossbar to score a miracle try in the SCG mud.
One of rugby league's most celebrated displays of skill came from one its unlikeliest sources, with rugged Queensland prop Greg Dowling producing a slips catch Mark Waugh would’ve been proud of in the mud and slop of an SCG quagmire to score a crucial four-pointer for the Maroons in a series clinching 14-2 win. With the first producing one hell of a brawl between Ray Price and Chris Close but not a single point, Wally Lewis chipped over the NSW defence early in the second half in an attempt to find the vacant in-goal area, only for the sodden ball to clip the cross-bar. With finger tip control Dowling reels in the pill just inches above where the turf would have been were it not buried beneath a layer if gooey mud, and plunges over for one of Origin's most famous tries.