100 Best Origin Moments #78
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.
78. Game One, 2012: Inglis scores a controversial record 13th Origin try, breaking Shearer's record.
The opening game of 2012 series had its fair share of controversies but none so much as the game-winning try through Queensland centre Greg Inglis. With seven minutes to go in the game and Queensland up by two, Cooper Cronk kicked the ball cross-field for Billy Slater. Credit to Slater's ability, the fullback had the hindsight to bat the ball back to Inglis to score his record-breaking 13th try for the Maroons and surpass Dale Shearer as the most prolific try scorer in Origin history. Whether it should have been a try remains to be seen though as Inglis appeared to have dropped the ball when it came in contact with NSW hooker Robbie Farah's leg. The video referee adjudicated in the end that Farah had played at the ball and Inglis had every right to score the try leaving the Blues, commentators and the state of New Souths Wales in a state of utter confusion.