With the Origin concept extended over a three-game period for the first time, the Blues were desperate to get off to a winning start after losing the first two Origin games to their Maroon counterparts in 1980 and 1981. This desperation shined through when Greg Brentnall defused a Wally Lewis bomb to ensure the Blues were to go 1-0 up in the series. With the Blues forfeiting an 11-point lead throughout the course of the game, Queensland were attacking the line with seconds remaining when Steve Mortimer, and then Brentnall were able to shut the Maroons last ditch play down in memorable fashion.
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.
68. Game One, 1982: A late Wally Lewis bomb is ‘defused’ by Greg Brentnall and NSW hang on for their first Origin win.