FORMER Queensland centre Danny Moore has never been a fighter, but he will forever be part of Origin folklore for playing peace-maker in a memorable Blues v Maroons brawl.

It was Game II of the 1995 series and Fatty Vautin's "Nevilles" had a 1-0 series lead over a star-studded New South Wales outfit, before going on to record an unlikely series clean sweep.

As the first scrum was packed at the MCG, the famous "Queenslander" call rang out.

Chaos erupted, with a number of one-on-one fights breaking out on cue.

They included Billy Moore v David Barnhill, Paul Harragon v Gavin Allen, Andrew Johns v Adrian Lam, and Jim Serdaris v what seemed like the entire Queensland team.

And then there was Danny Moore v John Hopoate ... Manly teammates at the time.

It was a classic example of the well-worn Origin slogan - state versus state, mate versus mate.

Moore rushed over to help diminutive Queensland winger Matt Sing, who was in some trouble against powerhouse opposite Hopoate.

An incensed Hopoate was ready to let fly at any Maroons player in sight, even if he was a fellow Sea Eagle.

"I came in to try and settle John because Matty Sing needed some help - the next thing I had my jersey pulled over my head," Moore told Australian Regional Media.

"I was just glad I came out of it unscathed."

He actually had his jumper pulled off by "Hoppa", the pair landing plenty as spot fires broke out around them.

"Me and John were the same - we went out there and played for keeps," Moore said.

"John actually went straight up to my wife after the game and apologised."

Despite that 1995 Maroons team being dubbed "Fatty's Nevilles", Moore said the belief was always strong.

Moore, now a talent scout for Manly based in Ipswich, still gets goose bumps when relieving that year's stunning upset whitewash result.

"It's very difficult to explain because it was magic how it happened," he said.

"I don't think we've seen it happen since."



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