To celebrate Fox League's Retro Round, NRL.com has taken a deep dive into its archives and emerged dusty but triumphant with a quartet of grand finals that showcase the brilliance and brutality of '70s rugby league.
In 1970, Rabbitohs prop John Sattler’s heroism in playing on despite a double fracture of the jaw suffered in an off-the-ball hit drove South Sydney to atone for their loss in the previous season’s decider with a dominating display against Manly in the grand final.
The 1975 grand final will be forever remembered for Immortal Graeme Langlands hobbling around in his white boots as fellow Immortal Artie Beetson’s Roosters humiliated the Dragons by a record 38-point margin – a mark which stood until Manly lapped the Storm 33 years later.
1977: For the first time in its 70-season history the 1977 NSWRL grand final went to extra time but Parramatta Eels and St George Dragons sides featuring the likes of Mick Cronin, Ray Price, Rod Reddy and Ted Goodwin couldn’t be separated after going toe-to-toe for 100 minutes.
Retro Round: Dragons v Eels - Grand Final, 1977
Later in the week, we'll showcase the following grand final classic from the 1970s.
1973: Rugby league Immortal Bob Fulton rose above the boots-and-all mayhem of the 1973 grand final showdown between Manly and Cronulla with two brilliant tries as the Sea Eagles went back-to-back against the Sharks who’d been in the league for just six years.