Building up to the 2017 State of Origin series opener at Suncorp Stadium, we’re counting down the 10 greatest individual performances in Origin history.
No.8 in our list is Queensland hooker Kerrod Walters’ sparkling display as the Maroons completed a second straight 3-0 cleansweep of NSW with a 36-16 win in the 1989 dead-rubber.
Walters usurped Greg Conescu as the Brisbane and Queensland No.9 in 1989, and the 21-year-old enjoyed a dominant series.
Outstanding in the opening two games, he saved his best for last, taking out man-of-the-match honours in the game three thrashing thanks to two brilliant breaks out of acting half and superb off-loads for tries to wingers Alan McIndoe and Michael Hancock, a four-pointer of his own after he pounced on an in-goal fumble by NSW fullback Garry Jack, and a leading hand in Tony Currie’s late try.
Walters’ stunning efforts for the Maroons saw him take over as Australian Test hooker on the subsequent tour of New Zealand, but he made just three further Origin appearances as older brother Steve became established as one of the greatest hooker’s of all time.