Broncos-Cowboys rematch was one for the ages

Corey Parker in action for the Broncos against the Cowboys. Photo: AAP Image
Corey Parker in action for the Broncos against the Cowboys. Photo: AAP Image

LIKE many senior citizens still intimately involved in the game we love, veteran commentator Ray Warren has a memory that is not always dependable.

For that reason he won't rate last year's NRL grand final the best he has witnessed, but reckons it is among the greatest of grand finals.

But after Good Friday, Rabs has few doubts that the round-four Broncos-Cowboys clash will be difficult to better as the best-ever grand final rematch.

And few would argue.

If the nail-biting 21-20 win by the Broncos - ironically by a field goal in golden-point extra-time - isn't among the classics of recent years, I'm a poor judge.

A big, shiny trophy, 17 premiership rings and a wad of prizemoney aside, it produced everything the grand final of six months ago had.


And, as was the case last October, a movie producer could not have concocted a more apt script.

I wasn't at the grand final, but if the drama and atmosphere that night was better than at Suncorp Stadium on Good Friday it must have been a cracker.

But then we do tend to be very spoilt these days when the Broncos and Cowboys meet.

I read somewhere over the weekend that the two Queensland teams were the best in the NRL 'by a country mile'.

Only time will tell if that is actually the case.

But those judgements are not difficult to make when classic encounters such as that are dumped into the melting pot.

And with high-quality, drama-packed footy comes an obligatory analysis of performance, and of the individual players.

With that in mind a combined team selected purely on the performances rolled out on Good Friday night seemed to be a worthy exercise.

Very tough, mind you, but certainly worth having a crack.


Michael Morgan celebrates a Cowboys try with teammates. Photo: AAP Image
Michael Morgan celebrates a Cowboys try with teammates. Photo: AAP Image

Some positions were easy to decide.

Who else but the genius Johnathan Thurston could wear the No.7 in what we will call the grand final rematch team?

And his courageous workaholic co-captain, Matt Scott, is a given as one of the props.

But it is who to leave out that creates the selection headaches?

For instance, Anthony Milford won the game for the Broncos, scored a try and engineered another, but Michael Morgan was equally as dominant for the Cowboys.

And what separated the industrious Corey Parker from the lethal Jason Taumalolo?

Regardless, the team named is a beauty - maybe as good as any in today's game.

My GFR team, selected in the positions played on Good Friday, is: Lachlan Coote, Kyle Feldt, Justin O'Neill, James Roberts, Lachlan Maranta, Anthony Milford, Johnathan Thurston (c), Matt Scott, Jake Granville, Josh McGuire, Matt Gillett, Ethan Lowe, Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: Michael Morgan, Corey Parker, Adam Blair, Alex Glenn.

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