Sunday 25 February 2018 / 06:38 AM


Jarrod Wallace, Coen Hess, Valentine Holmes and Tim Glasby are set to make their State of Origin debuts for Queensland in Sydney next Wednesday, while Jake Trbojevic and Nathan Peats could hardly have been more impressive in their first outings for NSW in Game 1.

Commentary Box Sports is counting down the finest debut appearances in State of Origin’s 38 seasons, with a history-making performance by a South Sydney enforcer taking out the No.3 slot.

A 1986 Kangaroo, Les Davidson produced a man-of-the-match display on debut in the following season’s Origin series opener.

The Rabbitohs hard-man made 32 tackles and 18 hit-ups and scored a barnstorming first half try in NSW’s heart-stopping 20-16 success at Lang Park.

‘Bundy’ Davidson made just four further appearances for the Blues, but remains the only player – other than inaugural man-of-the-match Chris Close – to be named best on ground on Origin debut.

[YouTube – NRL State of Origin Archive]

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