Telstra Cup - Grand Final Result

Telstra Cup - Grand Final Result

Post by Leigh Gillespi » Sun, 21 Sep 1997 04:00:00


* Saturday, September 20th 1997

   BRISBANE 26 def CRONULLA 8 at ANZ Stadium, Brisbane
         Brisbane: Tries - Renouf 3, Hancock
                   Goals - Lockyer 5
         Cronulla: Tries - Richardson
                   Goals - Rogers 2
         Half-Time: 10-2 (Brisbane)
         Man of the Match: S Renouf (Brisbane)
         Referee: B Harrigan
         Attendance: 58,912

        The first half was an arm wrestle. The half was played very much
safety first by both sides with very few attempts at any sort of creative
play. Cronulla began much as they did in the semi final against Brisbane a
fortnight ago, their handling in tackles was poor and their defense lacked
enough go forward to keep Brisbane in their own half. As the game
approached the twenty minute mark there was every indication that Brisbane
could be about to turn on a try fest in the same fashion as they had in
Townsville. But Cronulla managed to hold their own and keep the Broncos
out while at the same time never looking really threatening in return.
        The first points came in the form of a penalty goal to Brisbane
in about the 5th minutes. Soon after Cronulla replied with a penalty goal
of their own to square the scores before almost immediately handing the
lead back to Brisbane with another penalty. When the only try of the half
finally did come in about the 30th minute, it was Steve Renouf who scooped
up the loose  ball to score after a contest off a Langer cross-field kick.
Lockyer added the extras to leave the board reading 10-2 at half time.
        Cronulla couldn't have asked for a better start to the first half.
Within minutes of retaking the field, Cronulla kicked deep into the
Brisbane half. Sailor fielded it and set off back, he passed long to a
support player who then in turn tried to pass long to Devere. But the pass
was misdirected and floated in front and past Devere. The Cronulla chasers
g***ed the kick thru and fell on the loose ball to score an easy try.
The kick was successful and Cronulla were back within two. And it seemed
the tide was turning towards the Sharks as they started to get a few of
the close calls and were able to mount some pressure on the Broncos line.
        But it was the Broncos who put on the next points after Peachey
dropped the ball in a hard tackle by Ryan from kick return off his own
line. Brisbane collected the ball and passed it along the line outwide.
The Cronulla defense had no time to get in position as weight of numbers
saw Renouf in out wide. Lockyer kicked a terrific goal to see the eight
point margin re-stored. Cronulla were back where they started and began
playing like they were too. And it was in the 65th minute that Brisbane
put the sealer on the game, when Cronulla slipped off a simple tackle only
ten out from their own line to allow Renouf to power over for his hat
trick. Lockyer missed the conversion to leave the score at 20-9 but with
the form of Brisbane the match was gone.
        Finally in the 77th minute, just to add insult to injury, Brisbane
attempted to pot a field goal thru Darren Lockyer. The kick was charged
down but Sailor regathered for Brisbane. In the next play Brisbane went
wide and found Cronulla short on numbers. At the end of the line was
interchange Michael Hancock who dived in untocuhed after a great draw and
pass by Smith. Lockyer put the kick over from the sideline to leave the
final score 26-8 and offically stamp Brisbane as SL premiers for 1997 (and
perhaps all time?).
        Like all of the Grand Finals of recent years the match didn't
really live up to expectations. As with all the deciders since 1992 the
result was pretty much a foregone conclusion from the opening exchanges.
Cronulla never really looked like having a shot while Brisbane looked like
they still had a few gears in reserve. The barest hint of a Cronulla
fightback early in the second half was soon snuffed out by an
uncompromising Brisbane team. But there's no making excuses. Brisbane were
the better side on the night, they were the better side all season, they
well and truly deserve the title of SL champions. My congratulations to
the Brisbane Broncos, a great side no matter what comp they play in.

(Note: Reserves and under 19s scores to follow the moment I find them.)

Catchya round, Leigh

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Post by Michael Cars » Sun, 21 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Leigh,
 and others was it just me or did there seem to be a LOT of high shots
(from BOTH sides) that went unpenalised in this game. I havent watched a
lot of SL or ARL for that matter this year and I'm wondering if this was
just me???

Michael Carse

Quote:

> * Saturday, September 20th 1997

>    BRISBANE 26 def CRONULLA 8 at ANZ Stadium, Brisbane
>          Brisbane: Tries - Renouf 3, Hancock
>                    Goals - Lockyer 5
>          Cronulla: Tries - Richardson
>                    Goals - Rogers 2
>          Half-Time: 10-2 (Brisbane)
>          Man of the Match: S Renouf (Brisbane)
>          Referee: B Harrigan
>          Attendance: 58,912


 
 
 

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Post by Brett Cro » Sun, 21 Sep 1997 04:00:00

On Sun, 21 Sep 1997 00:19:44 +1000, Leigh Gillespie

Quote:


>> Leigh,
>>  and others was it just me or did there seem to be a LOT of high shots
>> (from BOTH sides) that went unpenalised in this game. I havent watched a
>> lot of SL or ARL for that matter this year and I'm wondering if this was
>> just me???

>    There were a few highish shots but I didn't really notice anything
>too much out of the ordinary. There was a fair bit of agro between Plath a
>few of the Cronulla guys and that may have led to a few creeping a bit
>high. But I don't think there were particularly more than most other games
>I've seen this season. The only incident I can really recall is when
>Langer went down and Cronulla were penalised. And IMO there wasn't much in
>that one at all. A bit of a bad angle for the ref and perhaps a bit of
>acting from Alf (although he did bounce straight up so if it was a bad
>shot it is to his credit that he didn't try and make things seem worse
>than they were).

>Catchya round, Leigh

I beleive the tackler was Lee, who is 3 foot taller than Langer, these
tackles can always be clumbsy.Im sure Harrigan took this into
consideration. But its a good ploy for milking a penalty if the
'little' players are brave enough to run into a 'tall' player.
Maybe Toovey will be ordered to use this ploy today? :-)

Brett (not teague)

 
 
 

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Post by Leigh Gillespi » Mon, 22 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> Leigh,
>  and others was it just me or did there seem to be a LOT of high shots
> (from BOTH sides) that went unpenalised in this game. I havent watched a
> lot of SL or ARL for that matter this year and I'm wondering if this was
> just me???

        There were a few highish shots but I didn't really notice anything
too much out of the ordinary. There was a fair bit of agro between Plath a
few of the Cronulla guys and that may have led to a few creeping a bit
high. But I don't think there were particularly more than most other games
I've seen this season. The only incident I can really recall is when
Langer went down and Cronulla were penalised. And IMO there wasn't much in
that one at all. A bit of a bad angle for the ref and perhaps a bit of
acting from Alf (although he did bounce straight up so if it was a bad
shot it is to his credit that he didn't try and make things seem worse
than they were).

Catchya round, Leigh

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Post by CHRISTOPHER CO » Tue, 23 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Quote:


> > Leigh,
> >  and others was it just me or did there seem to be a LOT of high shots
> > (from BOTH sides) that went unpenalised in this game. I havent watched a
> > lot of SL or ARL for that matter this year and I'm wondering if this was
> > just me???

>    There were a few highish shots but I didn't really notice anything
> too much out of the ordinary. There was a fair bit of agro between Plath a
> few of the Cronulla guys and that may have led to a few creeping a bit
> high. But I don't think there were particularly more than most other games
> I've seen this season. The only incident I can really recall is when
> Langer went down and Cronulla were penalised. And IMO there wasn't much in
> that one at all. A bit of a bad angle for the ref and perhaps a bit of
> acting from Alf (although he did bounce straight up so if it was a bad
> shot it is to his credit that he didn't try and make things seem worse
> than they were).

To be fair, Alf was off balance and they hit him around the neck making
him fall backwards looking like a terrible coat hanger.  It looked worse
than it was, but Alf got straight up which is the type of guy he is.
Unlike the cheats of the past like Benny Elias and co, he doesn't act for
penalties.  As for the incident with Plath, I hope Lee and Davidson are
both suspended.  Davidson particularly: with Plath pinned in the tackle,
Les layed into him with a couple of very cheap punches.  That's just not
on!  Reminded me of Ian Roberts' cowardly attack on Gary Jack all those
years ago!
 
 
 

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Post by Rudige » Tue, 23 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Quote:



> > > Leigh,
> > >  and others was it just me or did there seem to be a LOT of high
> shots
> > > (from BOTH sides) that went unpenalised in this game. I havent
> watched a
> > > lot of SL or ARL for that matter this year and I'm wondering if
> this was
> > > just me???

> >       There were a few highish shots but I didn't really notice
> anything
> > too much out of the ordinary. There was a fair bit of agro between
> Plath a
> > few of the Cronulla guys and that may have led to a few creeping a
> bit
> > high. But I don't think there were particularly more than most other
> games
> > I've seen this season. The only incident I can really recall is when

> > Langer went down and Cronulla were penalised. And IMO there wasn't
> much in
> > that one at all. A bit of a bad angle for the ref and perhaps a bit
> of
> > acting from Alf (although he did bounce straight up so if it was a
> bad
> > shot it is to his credit that he didn't try and make things seem
> worse
> > than they were).

> To be fair, Alf was off balance and they hit him around the neck
> making
> him fall backwards looking like a terrible coat hanger.  It looked
> worse
> than it was, but Alf got straight up which is the type of guy he is.
> Unlike the cheats of the past like Benny Elias and co, he doesn't act
> for
> penalties.  As for the incident with Plath, I hope Lee and Davidson
> are
> both suspended.  Davidson particularly: with Plath pinned in the
> tackle,
> Les layed into him with a couple of very cheap punches.

It was pretty funny. Davidson hit Sean Ryan with the first punch. He is
definitely a thicky.

Quote:
> That's just not
> on!  Reminded me of Ian Roberts' cowardly attack on Gary Jack all
> those
> years ago!

And Gary Jack missed out on a promising modelling career. :)Thuggery
should be rubbed out but Plathy is a little stirrer. He was smiling at
the oposition the whole game because he knew he had them woked up.

Rudiger

 
 
 

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Post by CHRISTOPHER CO » Wed, 24 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> And Gary Jack missed out on a promising modelling career. :)Thuggery
> should be rubbed out but Plathy is a little stirrer. He was smiling at
> the oposition the whole game because he knew he had them woked up.

I know from doing work experience at the Broncos with Plathy that he is a
master at stirring people up.  He had Wendell going pretty well at one
stage, defacing an article about Sailor after the final against Canberra
where he dominated Noa Nadruku.

Gamesmanship is a part of things.  Les and Lee just can't handle it.

 
 
 

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Post by Brett Glasso » Fri, 10 Oct 1997 04:00:00

Quote:


>> And Gary Jack missed out on a promising modelling career. :)Thuggery
>> should be rubbed out but Plathy is a little stirrer. He was smiling at
>> the oposition the whole game because he knew he had them woked up.

>I know from doing work experience at the Broncos with Plathy that he is a
>master at stirring people up.  He had Wendell going pretty well at one
>stage, defacing an article about Sailor after the final against Canberra
>where he dominated Noa Nadruku.

>Gamesmanship is a part of things.  Les and Lee just can't handle it.

Gee, when Manly perform in a similar way it is bad sportsmanship, isn't it?

Cheers
Brett