As a huge week for Rugby League in Melbourne culminates in a blockbuster clash between the ladder-leading Broncos and the fourth-placed Storm, Throwback Thursday relives one of the club’s most memorable encounters – and the highlight of lanky winger Scott Minto’s career – from 12 years ago.
The highlight of golden point’s 2003 introduction to the NRL was Brisbane’s courageous come-from-behind victory over Melbourne at Olympic Park. With nine players backing up from the third Origin encounter four days earlier, the fatigued Broncos trailed 16-6 at halftime following tries to Storm trio Billy Slater, Marcus Bai and Ryan Hoffman.
Fullback and attacking spearhead Darren Lockyer led Brisbane’s fight-back – despite leaving the field injured for part of the second half – and a try to winger Stuart Kelly in the dying minutes locked the scores up at 22-all. Michael De Vere’s conversion attempt was waved away and field goal snaps from Lockyer and Melbourne halfback Matt Orford missed the mark.
In the fourth minute of golden point, shaven-headed Broncos forwards Andrew Gee and Corey Parker combined before the latter produced a superb offload for Wayne Bennett doppelganger Minto.
Minto sprinted 30 metres for the match-winner, outpacing Bai and bizarrely leaping like a gazelle into the tackle of Slater to crash over in the corner. Ironically, Brisbane coach Bennett had been golden point’s most outspoken opponent, and displayed rare jubilation after his side’s brave victory.