Saturday 23 September 2017 / 09:11 PM

Greatest Origin tries No.7: Big Mal's bust

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.7 in the countdown is a stunner from Queensland in the 1982 series opener, featuring the blockbusting talents of Mal Meninga that would soon take over the Rugby League world.

With the Maroons down 17-8 during the second half, hooker John Dowling slipped an offload for the 21-year-old Meninga, who made a spectacular bust through the heart of the NSW defensive line.

Taken in a superb cover tackle by opposing centre Steve Rogers, Meninga passed superbly to flying winger Kerry Boustead, who pirouetted before finding Queensland’s other winger, John Ribot, in support to finish off a 60-metre movement.

Meninga proceeded to set up another long-range try for Mitch Brennan virtually from the kick-off, but it was not quite enough as the Blues notched their maiden Origin victory, 20-16.

 

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