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.6 in the countdown relives one of the code’s great unlikely hero stories. An 11th-hour, fourth-choice inclusion as NSW halfback for the 2006 series opener, Brett Finch proved the match-winner in the dying stages.
Queensland had fought back from a 14-0 deficit to level at 16-all after Johnathan Thurston’s 77th-minute sideline conversion of Steve Bell’s try.
But Finch stepped up with 90 seconds on the clock and drilled a 35-metre field goal attempt down the middle, becoming an Origin hero for the ages with the No.20 on his back.