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1992 grand final rewind: Broncos' golden era begins

Wayne Bennett's Broncos won their first premiership and started a magnificent 15-year run by outplaying St George in what finished up a dominant 28-8 win. has gone into the vault to find footage of the grand finals from the pre-NRL era dating back to 1966 and will be showcasing these games, including a full replay, a mini version of each game, match highlights and great moments from these encounters.

After entering the NSWRL in 1988, the Broncos' fifth season ended with a premiership and ushered in a 15-year run that included six grand final wins (including the 1997 Super League title).

St George winger Ricky Walford came close to opening the scoring only to be denied by a combination of Michael Hancock and Kerrod Walters.

The Saints were giving as good and they got until Allan Langer combined with prop Gavin Allen for the first try. Langer started and ended the attacking play, but it was Allen who provided the telling pass.

St George replied with a great team try finished by Walford. Prior to the touchdown out wide, Noel Goldthorpe, Peter Coyne, Scott Gourley, Michael Beattie and a second-touch and decisive pass from Coyne set Walford free down the right.

Brisbane had to wait until the second half to create some breathing room when  Langer ran behind referee Greg McCallum (who inadvertantly blocked a St George defender) to score.

Match Highlights: Broncos v Dragons

Alan Cann then had a lot of work to do before scoring the try which gave his side a match-winning 18-4 lead.

Not long after, Steve Renouf set off on the 90m run that remains the lasting memory from this match.

Full Match Replay: Broncos v Dragons - Grand Final, 1992

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Cann scored his second for the day to complete the tryscoring for Brisbane before Gourley added a consolation four-pointer for the Saints.

Play of the day

The great Steve Renouf scored a length of the field try to start the celebrations in Brisbane. After stepping inside a defender, he set off on a 90m run. Walford closed in on him late, but Renouf was able to evade him before falling over the line.

Special credit must go to Brisbane winger Willie Carne. If the Queensland and Australian representative hadn't been able to slip past a number of St George defenders and get out of his own in-goal area on the preceding play, Renouf's try would never have happened.

Best player

Allan Langer was a deserving winner of the Clive Churchill Medal. Arguably the best ball-running halfback of the modern era, "Alf" finished this match with two tries as well as being a threat every time he decided to test the St George defensive line.

Hulking prop Glenn Lazarus wasn't far behind Langer. One of the best props of the last 40 years, it was no coincidence that wherever Lazarus went, team success followed.

Extended Highlights: Broncos v Dragons

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The quote

"I'd never felt as much pressure in my life ... The people up there just expected us to win. While we have been down here for the last two days we have been reading and hearing that we were going to win. It is just such a relief." - Brisbane prop Glenn Lazarus on the pressure felt by the Brisbane team heading into the match.

Walford finishes-off expansive Dragons try

The what-if moment

St George were trailing 6-4 and were just a metre out from the Brisbane line when prop Neil Tierney attempted to do it all himself. Instead of playing the ball conventionally, Tierney attempted to kick it into the in-goal area. The risky move failed and Brisbane breathed a huge sigh of relief. A try would have given the men in the Red V the lead and plenty of added belief. Commentator Peter Sterling described Tierney's effort as "selfish play".

Renouf goes coast to coast

The unsung hero

Alan Cann's name was never one that jumped off a Broncos teamsheet. But on this occasion - the biggest of his career to that point - he had a day out. 

As well as being the tireless worker he was during his 132-game career for the Broncos and Adelaide Rams, Cann bagged two tries on the biggest stage of all. He scored just 15 other tries in a career that also included one State of Origin appearance.

The following year

The same teams would meet again in the 1993 grand final, and again it was Brisbane who would take out the top prize.

The Broncos finished the regular season in fifth place, but just two points adrift of the minor premiership. Sudden-death wins over Manly, Canberra and Canterbury earned them a spot in the big one.

St George, on the other hand, were denied the minor premiership by points differential (to Canterbury) and reached the decider with wins over Canberra and the Bulldogs.

In the grand final, Chris Johns, Terry Matterson and Willie Carne scored tries in a 14-6 victory.

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