October 2021

Darren Lockyer: Never Say Die

Darren Lockyer was the king of the clutch moments throughout his career. But where does he sit in the pantheon of NRL greats?

There are perhaps two enduring moments of Darren Lockyer’s career. 

The first being him swooping upon an errant NSW pass in game three of the 2006 State of Origin series. It won Queensland the match, the shield and started the most dominant Origin period in history.

The second is of Lockyer laying on the ground, clutching the left side of his face as his eye slowly bruises and his check swells, only for him to stand, wave away the trainer and in extra time, sink the St George Illawarra Dragons with a field goal.

It’s a moment that wouldn’t happen in today’s day and age. He’d be removed from the field for a head injury assessment. And while playing through what could be a concussion isn’t something to write home about, playing with a fractured cheekbone is.

That’s what Darren Lockyer was about. Determination and the will to win.

He did it at every level. For Brisbane. For Queensland. For Australia.

Darren Lockyer was the king of the clutch moments throughout his career. But where does he sit in the pantheon of NRL greats . . .

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1 comment

  1. His kicking was exceptionally good. The modern kickers could learn how to drop punt so that the ball hits the ground and makes the fullback or winger work to get the ball, in particular slippery night games. Only Adam Reynolds and Nathan Cleary regularly kick long and low to get position, while most others resort to a bomb. His ability to hold the ball in both hands and not transmit his intention drove defensive systems crazy. Loved watching Lockyer.
    Hope he gets his voice fixed and takes over Sterlo’s role on CH9 commentary

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