Origin Moments: Grenade v Streak is over
To celebrate the Holden State of Origin series we at NRL.com are celebrating by asking fans to vote on their favourite Origin moment. Today, a classic try celebration from the NSW glory years goes up against a long-awaited series win for the Blues.
Blues' grenade try celebration
2000 was a spectacular year for the Blues. Up 2-0 heading into Origin III the Blues had everything on their side as they raced away to a crushing 56-16 win, though insult was added to injury when larrikin back-rower Bryan Fletcher crossed for a try of his own. Just as they probably had been planning it all week, Fletcher took a bite at the ball as if it was a grenade and threw it between a host of his own players. Ducking to avoid the 'explosion' Fletcher set the precedent for his teammates to jump out of the way at all different angles to avoid the 'blast'. Queenslanders were not impressed.
The streak is over
After eight long years for New South Wales supporters, the Blues finally struck back with a series win over their own in 2014. After winning a tight series opener 12-8 in Brisbane, the Blues ground out an even lower-scoring tussle in the second game in Sydney 6-4 thanks to a try and conversion from new halfback Trent Hodkinson. After such a long wait for the Origin shield NSW didn't dare risk a last-gasp match-winner from the Maroons, with Jarryd Hayne receiving a kick in the dying stages and running the ball past his own dead ball line. He didn't stop there - charging into a sea of blue in the crowd before some emotional celebrations.
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