100 Best Origin Moments #80
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.
80. Game Three, 2009: The first eight-point try in Origin history is awarded as Thurston kicks at ball as Williams grounds it. Gidley converts and kicks penalty
Blues winger David Williams didn't have many memorable moments in his Origin career though he was the focus in Origin III, 2009. With the Blues attempting to prevent the whitewash after going into the game down 2-0 in the series they wanted to put their best foot forward in attack. This was exemplified late in the first half when Trent Barrett put a grubber in-goal and put the Blues on the prowl. With Michael Jennings just missing his chance at the ball, Queensland fullback Billy Slater appeared to have a hold of it though he would quickly drop it straight into the hands of the Wolfman. With Williams and Slater struggling it out on the ground, Johnathan Thurston came through and attempted to kick the ball out of the winger's hands though missed and kicked him in the head giving the video referee no choice but to award the eight-point try. NSW went onto win the game and avoid the whitewash with a 28-16 win.