100 Best Origin Moments #67
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.
67. Game One, 1998: A late Tonie Carroll try and Darren Lockyer goal gives Queensland a 24-23 win in the first post- Super League Origin
State of Origin was back at full fitness in 1998 following the end of the Super League war and what better way to re-introduce it to a harmonious rugby league world then with an absolute thriller. With a minute to go in the game and Queensland down by five and firing at all cylinders 10 metres out from the NSW line the Maroons would have one last roll of the dice. Halfback Allan Langer jumped in at dummy-half and fired a ball out to Jason Smith who threw it to his brother Darren. With the defence rushing up, Smith threw a short ball to five-eighth Kevin Walters who quickly passed it on to Tonie Carroll for the try. A Darren Lockyer goal secured a famous 24-23 QLD win.