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.3 in the countdown features a last-minute try and an after-the-bell conversion that snatched one of the great Origin wins.
Queensland trailed by five points with less than two minutes of the epic ’98 series opener remaining. Coming off their own line, Maroons five-eighth Kevin Walters produced one of the great all-or-nothing plays, booting the ball downfield.
Ben Ikin won a desperate chase to the ball on halfway, and Queensland worked the ball into NSW’s quarter over the next two rucks. A slick interchange of short passing stretched the Blues and saw Walters send debutant Tonie Carroll over near the posts with 45 seconds on the clock.
Another first-gamer, fullback Darren Lockyer, slotted the pressure conversion after the siren to clinch an extraordinary 24-23 SFS triumph. The loss brought back harrowing memories for the seven NSW players who endured a last-minute loss at the same venue in the corresponding match four years earlier.