Origin Moments: Greatest of them all?
Queensland's epic eight-year reign has dominated the State of Origin series in modern times, and fans have reflected that by voting for the start and the end of that streak as the rivalry's two biggest moments.
Starting with 32 classic State of Origin moments – 16 featuring Queensland and 16 from New South Wales – NRL.com readers have voted throughout this year's series for their favourite Origin moment.
Now, just two remain. Which was the bigger moment, Darren Lockyer's try to begin Queensland's era of domination, or Jarryd Hayne's run into the crowd to end it?
Make your vote below.
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.
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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