100 Best Origin Moments #86
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 Superstars.
86. 1981: Eric Grothe length of the field try
The second ever State of Origin fixture kicked off in spectacular fashion with an Eric Grothe length of the field try and only the seventh try scored in the Origin arena. Laying the platform for the hundreds of brilliant tries to come from either state, Grothe raced away downfield and ignored the pressure of Queensland winger Brad Backer and fullback Colin Scott to practically crawl his way to the try-line by the end. The three points as it were back in this day came from an untimely error from Queensland hooker Greg Conescu which ignited the Parramatta winger to race away towards the white stripe.