100 Best Origin Moments #60
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.
60. Game Three, 2012: Cooper Cronk field goal gives Queensland a seventh consecutive series
With the 2012 series on the line after Queensland and NSW had traded wins on home turf in Games One and Two, a treble of tries to Darius Boyd, Johnathan Thurston and Justin Hodges in the space of just 16 minutes had the Maroons looking home and hosed for a record seventh consecutive series win when they led 16-8 at the break. But upon through second-half four-pointers from Brett Stewart and Josh Morris NSW doggedly dragged their way back into the contest, with a clutch sideline conversion from Todd Carney levelling the scores at 20-all with 10 minutes remaining. As the clock wound down and with extra time looking increasingly likely, Cooper Cronk sent over 52,000 raucous Maroons fans into delirium when he slotted a booming 40 metre field goal six minutes from full time to seal the win and break the hearts of Blues fans once again.