Origin Moments: Lockyer v Slater
The fans have spoken and eight classic State of Origin moments remain - which one was the greatest of all?
Today, a legend starts a record-breaking streak and a Maroons favourite scores one of the great Origin tries.
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, Darren Lockyer would be the man to break the Maroons own three-year losing streak as he chased onto the ball, picking it up and breaking free of Blues prop Luke Bailey to win the game and begin the Maroons' dynasty.
In Game Two 2004, Billy Slater, two days from his 21st birthday, solidified his place in the Queensland Origin team for the forseeable future. A sweet grubber from Darren Lockyer through to Slater started the play, with the-then winger scooping it up and racing away. With a one-on-one showdown with NSW's Anthony Minichiello looming, Slater swerved to the right before chipping over Minichiello to get around his opposition and score one of the most memorable tries in Origin history.
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