100 Best Origin Moments #65
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.
65. Game Three, 2008: Johnathan Thurston’s “Show and go…” to set up wining try late in second half
When you talk game breakers in the State of Origin cauldron you would fail as a rugby league fan if your mind didn't automatically drift to the likes of Wally Lewis, Andrew Johns and Johnathan Thurston. Thurston in fact helped Queensland to their third-straight series win in 2008 with a brilliant show-and-go in the 67th minute to set up another victory for the Maroons. With the game on the line, Thurston from his own half sliced through Blues duo Brett White and Mitchell Pearce before drawing in Brett Stewart to put away Billy Slater in what would prove to be the match winner.