A look back at great NRL grand final moments in history


THE Broncos and Cowboys are set to battle it out on Sunday at ANZ Stadium in the NRL's first All-Queensland grand final.

Betting agencies can't split the teams, and with so much talent on display, the clash promises to go down as one of the greatest deciders in the game's history.

APN's rugby league expert Wayne Heming has delved back through the archives to come up with the top dozen grand final moments that were crucial in deciding the winner in that year.

Three will be revealed each day, with the No.1 magic moment appearing on Saturday.

2005: Wests Tigers v North Queensland Cowboys:

Benji Marshall's magical flick pass that won the Tigers a grand final kicks off our top 12.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of arguably the best flick pass in grand final history.

The play started when Marshall ran the ball out from close to his own line after a Johnathan Thurston kick. After two trademark goose steps which left three defenders grasping at thin air, Marshall was cornered by Cowboys fullback Matt Bowen, seemingly the end of a nice run. But the wizardry of Marshall found a way out and he somehow slipped a deft flick pass to his winger Pat Richards who streaked downfield to score.

1970: South Sydney v Manly:

South Sydney captain John Sattler will forever hold pride of place in grand final folklore for playing most of the 1970 decider with a shattered jaw after being singled out and punched in the opening minutes by Manly forward John "Sleepy" Bucknall.

Bucknall's savage blow shattered Sattler's jaw in two places. The injury would have seen most players forced from the field of play, but Sattler wasn't just any player, and he refused to go off. His amazing courage ended up inspiring his teammates to victory.

2003: Penrith v Roosters:

Like father like son.

Thirty-three years after his father John's grand final heroics, son Scott pulled off one of the greatest try-saving tackles in 100 years of rugby league.

Rooster Todd Byrne, who will never be regarded as the fastest winger to play the game, was on his way to the try line until Sattler came from nowhere and rounded him up like a cattle dog would a stray sheep, sliding around his legs and taking him into touch in the play of the 2003 grand final.

After the Panthers went on to win, Sattler confessed he had been just hoping to prevent Byrne from running around under the posts, before realising he could bring him down.

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