Origin Moments: Streak begins v 'Queenslander'
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.
In today's match-up, a Queensland legend takes an intercept and starts a new era of dominance while a team of underdogs is inspired by one of the most famous pre-game moments in Origin history.
Lockyer starts the streak
It was the moment that New South Wales fans dread to watch and have tried to block from their memory ever since. A fateful pass from Brett Hodgson in the 2006 series decider that travelled to no-one has been etched in the history books as the moment that started the eight-year run of series wins for the Maroons. Aptly enough, Lockyer would be the man to break the Maroons' own three-year losing streak as he chased onto the ball, picked it up and broke free of Blues prop Luke Bailey to win the game and begin the Maroons' dynasty.
Billy Moore's "Queenslander!" chant
Unable to call on a bevy of superstars including the likes of Allan Langer, Kevin Walters and Steve Renouf due to the Super League War, a no-frills Queensland side needed everything they could get their hands on to overcome a NSW outfit that featured nine internationals to the Maroons' one in veteran winger-cum-five eighth Dale Shearer. Tough-as-teak lock Billy Moore provided the inspiration and a bit of Origin folklore, screaming 'Queenslander' in an effort to inspire his teammates as they walked down the SFS tunnel to commence a second half in which they repelled numerous NSW attacking waves to win the first and only try-less Origin match and produce one of the biggest upsets in rugby league history.
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