INSANE JARRYD HAYNE – Game 1, 2007
On his debut as a fresh-faced 19 year old, Hayne stamped himself into Origin folklore with an unbelievable solo try. As the half-time siren sounded Hayne knocked a kick down from Brent Tate on the halfway line. He picked it up, palmed off Justin Hodges and scooted along the sideline. Slater came across in cover as the youngster put in an audacious grubber and got the bounce from heaven to score an Origin cracker!
SLATER ‘KICK AND CHASE’ TRY – Game 2, 2004
It was game two of the 2004 series when a 20 year old Slater pulled off one of the all-time great tries in origin history. Darren Lockyer squeezed a grubber through a high NSW defensive line on halfway and the young speedster flew through to collect the ball at a rate of knots. With only Anthony Minichiello to beat, Slater veered towards the right, dropping the ball onto his boot and chipping it over the fullback. He followed his kick and left the NSW fullback in his wake where he got the perfect bounce and placed the ball down for a special origin try.
Freakish Folau – Game 3, 2008
Sticking with the theme of origin youngsters, Folau was only three games into his origin career at just 19 when he pulled off this stunner. A Thurston cross field kick resulted in ‘Izzy’ using Anthony Quinn as a human stepladder and took the ball well above anyone else. On his descent back down to the turf, Folau manages to get the ball in one hand and put it down while he is still hanging upside down in the air.
A Ruthless King
Wally ‘The King’ Lewis had some cracking origin moments over the years. One of those was this barnstorming effort in game two of the 1989 series. Lewis angled across the field for 40m running through NSW defenders and carrying NSW fullback Garry Jack over the line to score a try of sheer power.
NSW ‘Hot Potato’ Try
Well as the title suggests, NSW passed the ball around, through 11 sets of hands to be exact and resulted in a stunning team try. The ball started from a scrum over on the right side behind halfway before passing through almost every player’s hands and moving to the left and then back to the right where Matt Gidley finished it off for an unbelievable try.