Friday 15 December 2017 / 03:31 PM

WIND-BACK WEDNESDAY: MANLY’S MIRACLE COMEBACK

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.

[YouTube – TCVx]

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Will Evans

CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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