5 Greatest State of Origin Tries
In 39 years of State of Origin there have been 3654 points scored across 117 matches. To get a top five tries list from all these moments is a hell of an ask – but here are Oddschecker’s top five State of Origin tries of all time. We want to know which tries we’ve gotten right and which ones you can’t believe haven’t made the list – tell us!
5 – Dane Carlaw 2002
The reason golden point exists in Origin stems from 2002, where the series was locked at 1-1 heading into the decided in Sydney. It appeared NSW were going to claim a memorable victory with their 18-14 lead inside the final minute. Queensland were desperate for any attack and when backrower Dane Carlaw got a hopeful pass from Alfie Langer on tackle four, logic suggested Carlaw would look to gain ground before a quick play-the-ball to generate a final attack on the opposite side. Instead it became a legendary Maroon moment with Carlaw transforming into a rampaging beast, steamrolling through the Blues in a 40 metre run to score and tie the game. Lote Tuqiri’s missed conversion meant nothing – with no extra time and the series tied, Queensland retained the shield due to being defending winners. This saw golden point brought in to ensure the draw scenario would never happen again. Carlaw’s run doesn’t get the recognition it deserves – but it does in our list. Check out Gordon Tallis’ celebration.
4 – Wally Lewis 1989
The King’s crowning moment. Queensland were smashed with injury to the point they couldn’t field a full team for game two’s final stages. NSW were desperate to seal the win to keep the series alive but despite the odds stacked against them, Queensland still had their legendary skipper Wally Lewis and the superstar took matters into his own hands, summing up the situation perfectly in the wet conditions to slice through NSW with a combination of speed, power and determination. In a career littered with memorable moments, this was peak Wally Lewis. Queensland would win off the back of his solo try and clinch another series victory.
3 – Billy Slater 2004
The try which saw Queensland’s greatest fullback launch his Origin career – even with the number five jersey. Billy Slater’s hot Melbourne Storm form saw the one-time trackwork jersey make his Origin debut in 2004 and in front of the Suncorp Stadium faithful, Slater came up with a piece of genius to give the Maroons the lead in a must-win game two. The try encapsulated Slater’s eventual Immortal career in a single play – incredible positioning to not be offside from Darren Lockyer’s kick (NSW punters will disagree), a strong desire to offer support through the middle, blinding speed, the daring to take on Anthony Minichiello, clever use of his feet and the determination to finish off. Listen to that crowd go off.
2 – Jarryd Hayne 2007
The greatest solo try in Origin history. The rugby league world knew Jarryd Hayne could be something special and in one incredible play, Hayne pulled off a try arguably nobody else before or since for New South Wales could have achieved. The degree of difficulty is off the scale. The winger does well to firstly charge down Brent Tate’s after-the-siren kick but then the presence of mind to think “attack” first is something purely instinctive. He somehow keeps the ball and himself in play, reaches top speed within steps, manages to kick whilst avoiding attempts to take him out, maintains acceleration and torches Justin Hodges to score. Not bad for a kid on Origin debut hey?
1 – Mark Coyne 1994
“Trailing 12-10, Langer pushing it wide. Walters onwards…Carne joins in, floats a pass for Renouf. Renouf down the touchline beats one, gets it infield, Hancock gets it on, QUEENSLAND ARE COMING BACK, DARREN SMITH FOR LANGER, LANGER GETS IT AWAY, HERE’S THE BIG FELLA, GETS THE PASS ON, COYNE! COYNE GOES FOR THE CORNER! AND GETS THE TRY! QUEENSLAND! IT’S A MIRACLE! THAT’S NOT A TRY THAT’S A MIRACLE!”
As if any other try gets the nod for number one. If social media were around in 1994 Mark Coyne’s try would have been the number one trend worldwide. Sit back and enjoy if you’re a Queenslander, if you’re a Blue…feel free to revisit Hayne’s try above!