100 Best Origin Moments #70
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.
70. Game Two, 2008: Cameron Smith wining try to seal series win.
With Origin assumingly dead and buried in 2005 thanks to the unbreakable New South Wales dominance, nobody could have seen that a mere three years later the Queenslanders would go on a miraculous run of their own, a run that is still to be broken. In their third consecutive series win, Cameron Smith would be the man to seal the series for the Maroons. It would come off a Johnathan Thurston bomb to Billy Slater, a bomb that the fullback would bat back, more in hope, to his teammates. The bat back would be intercepted by Blues back-rower Luke O'Donnell. Though in a sheer display of desperation, O'Donnell attempted to remain in the field of play but only dropped the ball for Smith to swoop down and secure Queensland a 2-0 lead and the series win.