Origin Greats: Who are the best locks?

IT'S time for the big boys to come out and play: the locks are on the field.

It's part of our Origin Greats series, where two league legends, King Wally Lewis and Benny Elias, have picked their best ever teams, and you have the chance to test yourself against them.

But there's a catch: they'll name teams from opposing states, with Lewis naming his best NSW Origin side and Elias selecting his all-time best Queensland team.

The public poll results and the picks of Lewis and Elias will run in print and online on game day, May 27.

So far we've looked at the fullbacks, wingers, centres, five-eighths, halfbacks, props, hookers and second rowers. Today we'll examine the locks.


Wayne Pearce appears again in the nominations for lock this time for the same reasons he was in the second-row category. Few fitter players have worn the Blues No 13 jumper than Junior.

Brad Clyde was a wonderful physical specimen and he played right up to the way he looked. Powerful, strong, a wonderful ball carrier he changed the way locks played, setting a very high standard in both attack and defence.

Brad Mackay was Mr Reliable a hard worker who was also a very dangerous ball runner.

Ben Kennedy was skilful and damaging. A very talented player in his own right but probably more at home in the second row

Have we left the best till last?

Ray Price, Mr Perpetual Motion who never every stopped and finished every game like he had barely enough breath left to make it off the field. A wonderful defender who had a work ethic like few others.

Vote: Who did Wally pick as the best Blues lock? Click on the poll to consider all options.


A quality list here including Billy "Queenslander" Moore who played with as much passion as any player to pull on a maroon jumper.

Tonie Carroll was a feared hitman, his defence would shorten up the best players in the game and when possible they ran the other way.

Darren Smith was as honest as the day is long and a tremendous support player who could sniff out a try and a real team man.

Corey Parker is still player, he has had a second coming as an Origin player and enjoyed some great success as part of the record breaking maroons.  Tireless defender with a very good off-load and goes for 80 minutes.

Those who saw Bob Lindner play still marvel at his speed, step, strength and ability to score tries usually reserved for centres. Lindner was an exceptional play with the ball in his hand and his speed made him a wonderful cover defender.

Vote: Who did Benny pick as the best Maroons lock? Click on the poll to consider all options.


Click here to vote on the fullbacks

Click here to vote on the wingers

Click here to vote on the centres

Click here to vote on the five-eighths

Click here to vote on the halfbacks

Click here to vote on the props

Click here to vote on the hookers

Click here to vote on the second rowers

Did we miss any other worthy locks? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.