High-flying Brisbane host struggling Penrith tonight at Suncorp Stadium, with the clubs’ current positions similar to when they met at ground in late-2009 – the subject of this week’s Throwback Thursday.
The unfancied Panthers took it to the star-studded Broncos in the first half to take a 24-18 lead into the sheds, but the visitors were subjected to a Brisbane blitzkrieg in the second half.
The Broncos ran in seven unanswered tries to carve out an emphatic 58-24 victory, capped by one of the most remarkable buzzer-beating tries ever scored – a 90-metre effort featuring a Darren Lockyer kick, brilliant touches from Antonio Winterstein, Dave Taylor and Lagi Setu, and finished off by Ben Te’o in the corner 12 seconds after the siren sounded.
Lockyer was a clear man of the match.
Impressively, the Broncos will field four survivors from that clash eight years ago: Alex Glenn, Andrew McCullough, Sam Thaiday and Josh McGuire.
The only survivor in tonight’s Panthers line-up is Peter Wallace, who played halfback for the Broncos in the ’09 drubbing. Other survivors still in the NRL include Winterstein, Taylor, Michael Gordon, Wade Graham, Frank Pritchard, Luke Lewis, Gavin Cooper, Joseph Paul and Tim Grant.
ROUND 23, 2009: Brisbane Broncos 58 (Karmichael Hunt 2, Ben Te’o 2, Antonio Winterstein, Jharal Yow Yeh, Dave Taylor, Sam Thaiday, Josh McGuire, Ashton Sims tries; Corey Parker 9 goals) defeated Penrith 24 (Brad Tighe, Luke Walsh, Trent Waterhouse, Frank Pritchard tries; Michael Gordon 4 goals).