100 Best Origin Moments #59
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 Gamebreakers.
59. Game Two, 1991: Michael O'Connor goal sideline wins the game for NSW
With Game Two of the 1991 already providing one of Origin's most memorable images, with the sight of Wally Lewis and Mark Geyer standing toe-to-toe and threatening to belt the living daylights out of each other a treasured one for many rugby league fans, a match-winning sideline conversion was a fitting capstone to yet another ferocious interstate battle. When Mark McGaw touched down in the right-hand corner to level the scores on a miserable night at the SFS, NSW centre Michael O'Connor stepped up to take the shot at goal despite having relinquished the kicking duties for club side Manly and Illawarra's goal-kicking winger Rod Wishart playing on the flank. Even though he'd only kicked two goals all year, O'Connor made no mistake in slotting the conversion as cool as you like in driving rain to secure one of the Blues' most famous wins.