100 Best Origin Moments #81
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.
81. Game One, 1987: Referee Mick Stone makes a dramatic and correct call at Lang Park to allow a last-minute match-winning try to NSW's Mark McGaw.
Game One, 1987 – an era of rugby league way before video referees were even thought of, a moment that saw referee Mick Stone make one of the bravest albeit correct decisions of his refereeing career. With the scores locked at 16-all the Blues made a last ditch effort downfield as debutant winger Andrew Ettingshausen sent centre Mark McGaw racing downfield with fulltime approaching. With the Queensland defence boxing the Blues centre in, McGaw attempted to throw a pass back inside to Ettingshausen though it was knocked down and kicked back by Queensland. With desperate chasers from both teams pursuing the ball, McGaw managed to get a hand on the ball before it went dead leaving Queensland coach Wayne Bennett screaming "no".