Origin Moments: Lockyer v Eight straight
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, the farewell of one of Origin's greats goes up against the conclusion of Queensland's record-breaking winning streak.
Lockyer bows out
Darren Lockyer would bow out of the Origin arena after Game 3, 2011. After 36 appearances for the Maroons, the Broncos five-eighth was set to retire from the game. The stage was set for Queensland to win an unprecedented sixth straight series amidst Lockyer's swansong and he wasn't left disappointed. After punching their way out to a 24-nil lead within the first 35 minutes Queensland halted the Blues mini-revival to win the series decider 34-24. The future immortal left the Origin arena with the Origin shield hoisted above his head in front of a 52,000 people at Suncorp Stadium to bring the curtain down on one of rugby league's most decorated representative careers.
Maroons make it eight
It was a special night for the Maroons as they wrapped up a record eighth straight series victory on foreign territory, etching themselves into Australian sporting history as one of the nation's greatest ever sporting dynasties. Fittingly it was the only man to play in every single game of Queensland's record run, Johnathan Thurston, who scored the game's first try with a typically elusive surge in the 10th minute. Renowned as one of the NRL's greatest competitors, JT had earlier in the series broken Gary Larson's 24-game streak for most consecutive Origin appearances, and in the end proved the difference via a first half penalty goal as Queensland triumphed 12-10 and consigned the Blues to yet another heartbreaking defeat.
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