Building up to the State of Origin series opener at Suncorp Stadium, we’re counting down the 10 greatest individual performances in Origin history.
No.6 on our list is Allan Langer’s brilliant display in the 1988 series opener, the first Origin match to be played at the Sydney Football Stadium.
Queensland went into the match without mercurial match-winner and captain Wally Lewis, who was sidelined with injury, for the first time in an Origin match.
But the 21-year-old Langer, partnered in the halves with Peter Jackson, took control and claimed man-of-the-match honours with two dazzling tries in a 26-18 success. When a scrum win went against the feed, Langer collected the ball and beat the tackle of opposite Peter Sterling to scurry away and dot down in the corner.
Later in the first half, he grubbered through the NSW defensive line and toed the ball ahead twice to score a remarkable 40-metre try, while he also sent Gary Belcher away for a four-pointer in the second half.