In the week leading up to game one of the 2015 series, we’re counting down the top 10 finishes in State of Origin’s 35-season history – and haven’t there been some stunners?
No.2 in the countdown features another last-minute try to the mighty Maroons – with this one coming in a game three decider in Sydney.
NSW snatched an 18-14 lead with five minutes of the 2002 series to go through a Jason Moodie try, after the video referee had mystifyingly denied Queensland fullback Darren Lockyer a series-sealing try.
But as the clock ticked over into the 80th minute, veteran halfback Allan Langer – playing his 34th and final Origin match – shifted the ball to hard-running backrower Dane Carlaw on the Blues’ 40-metre line.
Carlaw fended off Moodie and strode into open territory, before brushing off fullback Brett Hodgson to plunge over for a dramatic try out wide, stunning the Sydney crowd.
Lote Tuqiri’s missed conversion after the bell was academic – Queensland retained the shield with the 18-all draw as the current holders.