Cake of Soap: The Incredible Origin Try That Should Never Have Happened
How did he do that? NSW Blues big man Tyson Frizell has scored one of the most unusual Origin tries in years.
It was 6-6 midway through the first half of Game II in the State of Origin series in Perth when a pretty standard move ended in a remarkable way.
NSW halfback Nathan Cleary passed to James Maloney, just as he's done countless times at club level for the Penrith Panthers. The ball then went to Dragons enforcer Tyson Frizell, who barely held on.
Seriously, the ball appeared to be spilling earthwards like a cake of soap dropped in the shower. But somehow Frizell regathered it, clutched it to his hip, and powered his way through two defenders to plant the ball down with fury. Try!
Take a closer look at the precise moment he almost dropped it. How did he regather that?
The Blues scored first in an entertaining match in Perth when Tom Trbojevic soared to pluck a bomb from the hands of Queensland fullback Kalyn Ponga, in a move that would have pleased the AFL faithful at a packed-out Optus Stadium.
In the 17th minute, Queensland replied through a penalty try. Should it have been? Shouldn't it?
Will Chambers was definitely impeded from getting to the ball. But the rules say the refs have to be certain he would get there in time and score the try. Could you really guarantee that?
Doesn't matter. The refs said yep. That was the try that made it 6-6. Then came the Frizell try. 12-6 to the Blues. And then?
Then an absolute moment of genius from James Tedesco, who literally ran around half the Queensland team from dummy half, before passing to Tom Trbojevic who crossed for his second four-pointer.
Blues 18-6, a lead they held till the break.
This was very much a first half that belonged to the Blues. NSW could actually have scored another try or two had the execution been a little slicker.
This is just one of the opportunities that slipped away on a slick Optus Stadium pitch in teeming rain.