Origin Moments: Raudonikis v Fittler
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Raudonikis scores in his only Origin match
As synonymous with Origin as Beetson, NSW terrier Tommy Raudonikis also only featured in one match, but unsurprisingly is the name Blues fans conjure when taunted by their rivals that Origin means more north of the border. With his career winding toward its twilight Raudonikis was at his tenacious best as he led his side in the historic encounter, and was rewarded for his persistence with a try from close range that kept the Blues within striking distance late in the match in what proved to be his final representative fixture.
Fittler's final try
With the likes of Shaun Timmins, Craig Gower, Matt Orford, Brett Kimmorley and Trent Barrett all injured, NSW coach Phil Gould called on a then 32-year-old Brad Fittler to come out of representative retirement in Game Two 2004. The Blues went down 22-18 at Suncorp Stadium, but having lost his previous Origin swansong in 2001, Fittler returned for a fitting triumph in Game Three, capping a 31-game career for NSW with a charge down try as the Blues swept to a 36-14 victory.
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