Origin Moments: Streak is over v Fittler
The fans have spoken and eight classic State of Origin moments remain – which one was the greatest of all?
Today, a long awaited NSW series win goes up against a final triumph for one of the Blues' favourite sons. Which moment gets your vote?
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.
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 32-year-old Brad Fittler to come out of representative retirement in 2004. The Blues went down 22-18 at Suncorp Stadium in Game Two, but having lost his previous Origin swansong in 2001, Fittler enjoyed 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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