The Brisbane Broncos and Sydney Roosters have made a habit of producing high-quality nail-biters in recent seasons, and it all began with the subject of this week’s Throwback Thursday: the archrivals’ Round 20 clash in 2010.
Roosters halves Todd Carney and Mitchell Pearce starred as the visitors surged to a 28-6 lead after 50 minutes at Suncorp Stadium. But playmaking counterparts Darren Lockyer and Peter Wallace engineered an amazing comeback, with the Broncos running in four unanswered tries to grab a two-point lead with 10 minutes remaining.
The Tricolours clinched a 34-30 win, however, when centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall crossed for his fourth try of the night in the 74th minute, becoming the first Roosters player since Johnny Mayes in 1975 to notch four tries in a game.
The late-season result had major implications on both sides’ 2010 campaigns: the Roosters – wooden spooners 12 months earlier – finished sixth and went on to make the grand final, while the Broncos were squeezed out of the finals for the first time in 19 years.
Tonight’s showdown at Allianz Stadium shapes as being equally vital, at least to the out-of-sorts Broncos’ aspirations.