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The countdown to Origin is on – and we're celebrating this special time of year by counting down our favourite NSW Origin memories. With just nine days to go, here’s our ninth-placed all-time favourite Blues moment


NSW State of Origin heroes range from 31-game veterans to one-game wonders, and never has this been better illustrated than in Game I of 2000 when a Cronulla Sharks legend won the game for the NSW Blues… in his sole outing for his state.

With the scores locked at 16-all and just four minutes remaining, the Blues were looking to take advantage of an extra man after “Raging Bull” Gorden Tallis had been sent from the field - and they turned to the rookie.

The Blues shifted the ball to the right side of the field where debutant David Peachey was standing, and after he received a pass from Jamie Ainscough he made no mistake in getting to the try-line and planting the ball down to win the game for NSW.

This photo captures the pure excitement and exhilaration of a man playing an imperative role in a NSW Blues victory – and a man who was ultimately fulfilling a childhood dream.

Peachey only represented his state once, but proved that Origin heroes can display their class even with limited opportunities. The efforts of all NSW players – regardless of the amount of appearances – are greatly appreciated.

Here’s to all our True Blues, whether they played one or 31!

What’s your favourite NSW VB Blues Magic Moment? Let us know via Facebook (NSW Blues) and Twitter (@NSWRL) using the #uptheblues hashtag.

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