100 Best Origin Moments #95
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.
95. Game Two, 1983: Six of the seven NSW backs are Parramatta players, and they score all of NSW's points in a 10-6 win.
It was a testament to the success of the Parramatta Eels in the early-1980's when six of their backline started for the New South Wales in Origin II, 1983. With two premiership wins in a row and another to come later that year the likes of Peter Sterling, Mick Cronin and Eric Grothe inspired New South Wales to a 10-6 win and the Eels constituent scored every single point. The first try was a Parramatta special as Sterling passed it out to five-eighth Brett Kenny. The elusive Kenny managed to throw an offload to Cronin who handed it off to winger Neil Hunt to cross for his one and only Origin try. Centre Steve Ella crossed for the difference maker while Cronin kicked a conversion for good measure to ensure that Game 3 was a series decider.