Billy's Best Origin Moments

Whether you love him or you hate him, Billy Slater  has been one of Queensland's greatest players since the turn of the decade. Whether he was playing on the wing or at the back of the Maroons attack, Slater has been a staple of the side in the last decade and a bit. With his final game in the Maroon colours coming on Wednesday night, we look back at Billy Slater's best Origin plays in this weeks Chumpie's 4.

Try saving tackle vs Watmough, Game 3, 2010

Anthony Watmough was at the peak of his career, tormenting teams in the NRL and at Origin levels. The series had already been won, with Queensland wanting to clean sweep the series in Sydney for the first time in 15 years. Watmough gets a short ball from Mitchell Pearce, breaks the tackle of Greg Inglis and he looks certain to score and put the Blues in front. Slater comes across to make the tackle off his career just before Watmough gets the ball down, and saves a try as reinforcements come in. Queensland go on to win 23-18 and sweep the series.

That try, Game 2, 2004

Billy the Kid, in his first Origin series, was dazzling fans of rugby league all over the country. He would be selected on the wing during this series, and one of my first moments watching State of Origin is his incredible try in game 2. Slater would be on the receiving end of a brilliant Darren Lockyer pass, before sprinting down the field and chipping over Anthony Minichiello to regather and score in one motion. It really is a play of pure brilliance.

Slater beats the dead ball line, Game 1, 2009

Cameron Smith and Billy Slater would combine in almost every way possible on every stage at club, state and international level. This try would set the tone for the first half of this game in 2009, with Slater somehow getting to a Cam Smith grubber millimetres before the dead ball line to get the first try of the 2009 series. 

The one yet to come, Game 3, 2018

Slater will have highlights to look back on for years and years to come, but when 8pm on Wednesday night comes around, he will be the captain of his state. He has captained his team at club level, and with Greg Inglis out for game 3, Slater will be able to lead his state out for the first and last time in front of 50,000+ screaming Queensland fans. A

As a Blues supporter, I hope we get up and ruin Slater's last game. In saying that, you can not deny that Slater has been a pivotal part in Queensland's domination when he is on the field. Injuries and suspensions have ruined the chance for Slater have made more of a mark on the Origin stage, but he will always be known as a crucial bloke within the Queensland spine that could turn a game ini just a second.



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