Friday 19 January 2018 / 12:58 PM

Greatest Origin tries No.3: Slater legend is born

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.3 in our countdown may be slightly controversial – many would regard it as the greatest try ever produced in Origin football.

Billy Slater wrote his name into Origin folklore with his man-of-the-match performance in Queensland’s 22-18 game two victory in 2004, just his second appearance.

The young livewire, playing on the wing, took an inside ball from fullback Rhys Wesser and busted the Blues’ first line of defence before weaving around Anthony Minichiello to score Queensland’s first try, but his second touchdown was destined to become one of the most replayed sequences of all time.

With 18 minutes on the clock, he timed his run superbly to latch onto a Darren Lockyer grubber near halfway, headed towards the middle of the field then changed direction and kicked over Minichiello’s head, before winning the race to the ball to score.

The memorable try was rewarded with the inaugural Peter Frilingos Memorial Award for Headline Moment of the Year at the Dally Ms later that year.

[YouTube – bowen stanford]

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