100 Best Origin Moments #75
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 Controversy.
75. Game Two. 1991: Wally Lewis and Mark Geyer stand toe-to-toe
It started with a simple tap and run from Steve Walters and escalated into one of the most iconic blow-ups in Origin history. From Walters run, New South Wales firebrand Mark Geyer tackled the Queensland hooker and gave him a facial for his troubles – such treatment that insinuated an all-in brawl. When the boys had finally calmed down and retreated referee David Manson called out Queensland captain Wally Lewis and Geyer. Ignoring Manson's authority, the two walked into an instant screaming match. With NSW captain Benny Elias attempting to calm the situation and Manson laying down the law, Geyer and Lewis threatened to go at it once again as they ran back onside but nothing escalated – the 23-year-old Geyer thinking better than to punch the 'king'.