Today marks 10 years since the Queensland Origin side kicked off one of Australian sports greatest dynasties.
NSW took a step towards their fourth straight series triumph with a 17-16 win in the 2006 series opener, but Queensland struck back with a 30-6 rout in Game 2.
The Blues led 14-10 in the 74th minute of the dramatic decider when courageous Blues fullback Brett Hodgson etched his name into Origin infamy.
Jumping into dummy-half on the Blues’ 20-metre line, Hodgson fired a loose pass which evaded the intended recipient Matt King.
Queensland skipper Darren Lockyer slipped between King and Mark Gasnier to snap up the loose ball and fended off Luke Bailey to score under the posts, clinching a 16-14 triumph and breaking the Blues’ three-year stranglehold on the Origin crown.
The clutch play kick-started a year of extraordinary achievement for Lockyer, who subsequently led Brisbane to premiership glory and scoring the winning golden-point try in Australia’s Tri-Nations final defeat of New Zealand.
The Maroons went on to win the ensuing seven series, and chalked up their 10th win in 11 years this season.