Josh Morris’ try for NSW in the 2015 series opener – set up by a James Tamou offload, a Josh Dugan break and a brilliant kick ahead by the fullback – was one of the greatest in State of Origin history.
In the week leading up to game two, we’re counting down the top 10 tries in Origin’s 35 seasons – and it wasn’t an easy task whittling down such a huge field of contenders!
No.5 in the countdown ranks as one of the great team tries and holds the distinction of being the first sole try in an Origin match as New South Wales won the 1990 series opener 8-0.
After humiliating series cleansweeps against them in 1988-89, the Blues won their first Origin since the exhibition match in California in 1987 and claimed their first victory at the SFS in four attempts, while consigning the Maroons to being the first Origin side to be held scoreless.
Following several near misses and wasted opportunities, NSW scored the only try of the match midway through the first half – and it was one of the finest witnessed at Origin level.
Ricky Stuart swung the ball to Laurie Daley on the Blues’ 40-metre line; the emerging superstar took on the Queensland defence and offloaded to Mark McGaw, who found fullback Andrew Ettingshausen backing up on the inside. Ettingshausen beat the tackle of Langer and fired a superb pass to a trailing Ben Elias after a 20-metre burst.
The skipper summed up the situation and flung a spectacular one-hander out wide to first-game winger Ricky Walford. Langer was eluded once again and Walford popped a desperate offload as Gary Belcher took him to ground five metres out from the Maroons’ line, before McGaw displayed brilliant hands to catch the ball around his ankles and plunge over in the corner.
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