This week’s Wind-back Wednesday takes a look one of the all-time great NRL comebacks, produced by the Sea Eagles at the Broncos’ expense late in the 1999 season.
Defending premiers Brisbane had overcome a dreadful start to the season, along with the shock retirement of linchpin Allan Langer, to piece together an incredible 11-match winning streak.
The Broncos, who fielded 10 Origin players and another four tyros that would go on to represent, arrived at Brookvale Oval confident of extending it to a club record 12 against a Sea Eagles side that was languishing in 12th place and only weeks away from engaging in an ill-fated merger with North Sydney.
When Michael De Vere crossed in the 50th minute, the Broncos led 26-4 and a landslide seemed inevitable. But the Sea Eagles, who still boasted the likes of Terry Hill, Geoff Toovey, Cliff Lyons, Nik Kosef and Steve Menzies in their line-up, staged a phenomenal turnaround.
Tries in the 57th, 67th and 73rd minutes trimmed the hefty deficit to just six points, before Hill scored a mind-blowing 65-metre individual try with less than five minutes on the clock.
Winger Brendon Reeves than nailed the conversion from the sideline to snatch a scarcely believable 26-all draw.