Thinking of Reynolds got me thinking about Origin, which got me thinking about my favourite origin game. For me it’s got to be game 1 2014. I had gotten so used to watching NSW lose Origin. We hadn’t won for 8 years, we were playing in Queensland and we had to defend our tryline for the last 15 minutes of the match. There were so many memorable moments like the try saver from Brett Morris or Josh Morris limping back on the field to make a cover tackle. This one beats game two in my opinion and is definitely my favourite Origin match.
1. First ever SOO at Lang Park when Big Artie came out with Boustead; Reddy; Lang & Morris after being forced to play against Queensland previously
2. Game 2 1989 - Qld lost Langer [broken leg], Meninga [fractured eye socket], Vautin [Elbow] by half time and still went on to record a memorable victory. It was also the game with the best Try in Origin history by the King!
Oh, and I always loved Hodgo’s great pass to Locky in 2006 to get the victory
Game 2 in 1991. Geyer going on the rampage. The Geyer/Wally confrontation. O’connor kicks the sideline conversion in pouring rain to win the game. That was great.
Also in that game when the blue started after Geyer tried to elbow Paul Hauff and Gary Coyne ran in like a coward and king-hit Blocker full force from behind……Blocker didn’t even flinch! Pity Block didn’t turn around and knock the coward unconscious.
I agree with Watto’s selections…however ill add one.
Game 3 in 2015. I was working in Canberra at the time and was flabbergasted at the arrogance and garbage being spoken by ex players, journalists and experts who were riding the wave of NSW’s win in game 2. They were so over the top with their assessments that game 3 was in the bag that they convinced most fans. I was being told every day that this blues side was special and were headed for greatness. Gould, Sterling, Johns and co were all frothing at the mouth…ive never seen anything like it. So i travelled to Suncorp to watch this great NSW team bash the hell out of the ‘old’ QLDers and left a few hours later laughing my head off as the Maroons won 52-6 LMAO…