Thursday 22 February 2018 / 07:32 AM

Greatest Origin tries No.6: Wally's iconic arc

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.6 in the countdown was regarded as the greatest individual try in Origin history until Slater and Hayne came along – but it still ranks among interstate football’s most iconic moments, and summed up the influence of Wally ‘The King’ Lewis on the Origin stage.

Lewis produced arguably his finest hand in the arena he dominated with such conviction in the series-sealing game two triumph at the SFS in 1989. Lewis produced a trademark long ball in the lead-up to Michael Hancock’s first half try, but a succession of injuries left the exhausted Maroons with an empty bench during the second half.

The captain kick-started another long-range tryscoring movement – finished by Kerrod Walters – for the Maroons to reclaim the lead, before scoring arguably Origin’s most famous individual try with 22 minutes left on the clock.

Receiving the ball 35 metres out following a NSW fumble, Lewis defied the defence on a mesmerising, arcing run to score in the corner, displaying equal parts strength, speed, guile and determination. The try – one of the most replayed in Origin’s history – put Queensland 10 points in front, hanging on to win 16-12. Lewis was an emphatic man-of-the-match as the Maroons’ victory was lauded as one of the most courageous ever seen in Australian Rugby League.

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