Tuesday 23 January 2018 / 01:14 AM


Ahead of tonight’s NRL showdown, Throwback Thursday takes a time tunnel back a quarter of a century to relive Canterbury’s two last-gasp wins over Brisbane in the space of 12 months.

In the clubs’ Round 11 clash at Lang Park in 1991, Bulldogs captain Terry Lamb engineered a score-levelling try for enigmatic winger Steve Mavin in the dying seconds, before British import Jonathan Davies banged over the conversion for a 20-18 victory.

The result ultimately proved crucial: the Bulldogs finished fifth-equal (before losing a playoff to Wests), while the Broncos missed the finals in seventh just one point back.

Brisbane lost only four regular-season games as they surged to the 1992 minor premiership and Canterbury missed the finals for the fourth straight year, but the Terry Lamb-led blue-and-whites had some more on-the-buzzer pain for the title-bound Queenslanders.

In a seesawing clash at Belmore Oval, the Broncos overturned a 10-point deficit to draw level at 24-all in the latter stages.

But Canterbury centre Darren Smith – who had made his Origin debut for the Maroons against several of his Brisbane opponents only weeks earlier – finished off a sweeping Bulldogs movement in the shadows of fulltime to snatch a 28-24 victory.

Smith, who went on to win two grand finals with the Broncos in 1997-98 before returning to the Bulldogs, earlier scored another brilliant try after combining with the mercurial Ewan McGrady.

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