Mal Meninga 7/7 Still Equal Best Queensland Kicking Performance in One Match
1980. Lang Park. Mal Meninga.
Queensland centre Mal Meninga creates his first piece of Origin history with his flawless goal-kicking display proving the difference in Queensland’s celebrated 20-10 win.
With a parochial crowd urging him on, Meninga’s perfect seven from seven is a Queensland goal-kicking performance which has stood the test of time.
Both states score two tries apiece; but the Blues can only watch as Meninga – who is also celebrating his 20th birthday – shows just how cool he is under pressure; employing his famous goal-kicking style to record a flawless night with the boot.
Perhaps it is fitting Meninga sets an Origin record from the series’ first ever game as 34 years later, the now Maroons coach is overseeing a side who are striving to achieve an incredible nine State of Origin series wins in a row.
Lang Park, July 8, 1980
Queensland: Colin Scott; Kerry Boustead, Mal Meninga, Chris Close, Brad Backer; Allan Smith, Greg Oliphant; Wally Lewis, Rod Reddy, Rohan Hancock, Arthur Beetson (c), John Lang, Rod Morris. Replacements: Norm Carr (not used), Bruce Astill (not used).
Coach: John McDonald
NSW: Graham Eadie; Chris Anderson, Steve Rogers, Mick Cronin, Greg Brentnall; Alan Thompson, Tom Raudonikis (c); Jim Leis, Graeme Wynn, Bob Cooper, Craig Young, Steve Edge, Gary Hambly. Replacements: Robert Stone, Steve Martin (not used).
Coach: Ted Glossop
Queensland 20 (Boustead, Close tries; Meninga 7 goals) def New South Wales 10 (Raudonikis, Brentnall tries; Cronin 2 goals).
Referee: Billy Thompson (Great Britain)
Man of the Match: Chris Close
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