Origin Moments: Beetson v Coyne
The Holden State of Origin series is with us again for another year, and we at NRL.com are celebrating by asking fans to vote on their favourite Origin moment.
Today, a Queensland match-up featuring one of the Maroons' true legends and one of the greatest match-winning tries of all time.
Beetson in Maroon for the first time
The moment that started it all. The godfather of Origin. The great Arthur Beetson was in the twilight of a storied career – which included 18 matches for New South Wales under the old representative system as an Eastern Suburbs player – when he made history as the Queensland captain in the inaugural State of Origin match. He wrote his name even deeper into Origin folklore with a swinging arm on Eels teammate Mick Cronin to give rise to the "state against state, mate against mate" mantra. Would Origin be what it is today without Big Artie? No matter on which side of the border your heart lies, we all owe Beetson a debt of gratitude for the amazing spectacle Origin is today.
Mark Coyne's match-winner
Who better than Ray Warren, the voice of rugby league, to sum up arguably Origin's most replayed moment? "That's not a try, that's a miracle!" bellowed Rabs as Mark Coyne slid through two defenders to score one of the greatest tries in the game's history. In Game One 1994, down 12-4 with five minutes remaining, Queensland first drew within striking distance through a try from winger Willie Carne, before pulling out one last desperate play that went through eight pairs of hands, worked its way from one sideline to the other and back again before culminating in Coyne's iconic touchdown with seconds left on the clock to give the Maroons an astounding 16-12 win.
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