With Brisbane and Penrith set to do sudden-death battle on Friday night at Suncorp Stadium, Wind-back Wednesday recalls the clubs’ inaugural finals encounter in 1990.
There was no home-ground advantage back then – all finals matches were played at the SFS, and it worked in the Panthers’ favour against a highly-fancied Broncos outfit playing in the post-season for the first time.
The Panthers secured their first-ever finals victory – after winless campaigns in 1985 and 1988-89 – with a resounding 26-16 upset of the Broncos in the major preliminary semi-final.
The big-name Broncos were left shell-shocked on finals debut as the Panthers powered to a 24-2 lead a minute after halftime.
Burly five-eighth Brad Izzard terrorised opposite Kevin Walters with a blockbusting two-try display, while Greg Alexander and Alan McIndoe also crossed, before the Panthers took their foot off the gas and let in three late Broncos tries.