There’s nothing more exhilarating – or excruciating, if you’re on the other side of it – than a comeback from a seemingly hopeless position to snatch victory. Something clicks and a team’s momentum becomes irresistible, leaving the side that had built a big lead powerless to stop it.
Too Good Tuesday is reliving some of the great sporting comebacks across the codes.
AFL – Brisbane run down Geelong
The hapless Lions were apparently done and dusted against the heavyweight Cats, trailing by 52-points with five minutes of the third quarter remaining at the Gabba. But the home side launched a withering fight-back, slotting eight goals to one in the final term – the last coming after the Lions went from one end to the other with less than 20 seconds left, with 200-game hero Ash McGrath drilling a 55-metre match-winner after the siren.
NRL – Panthers back from oblivion
The fledgling Wests Tigers were leading 31-8 at Penrith Football Stadium in 2000 before being run down in one of the all-time great comebacks. Shane Elford and Craig Gower crossed for the Panthers and Tony Puletua went over twice – all in the space of 13 minutes – to haul in the deficit, with Chris Hicks’ unerring boot putting the home in front. The Panthers held off the shell-shocked Tigers in the dying minutes for an unforgettable 32-31 win.
Rugby Union – France stun All Blacks
New Zealand was powering towards the 1999 World Cup final at 24-10 ahead in the semi against rank outsiders France. But the inscrutable French side produced one of their trademark rallies to blow the tournament favourites off the park, booking a date with Australia in the final with a mind-blowing 43-31 triumph.