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Illawarra Mercury


Date: 28/09/1998
Words: 457
          Publication: Illawarra Mercury
Section: Sport
Page: 25
A minute-by-minute look at yesterday's NRL grand final:

1min: Brisbane kicks off.

3min: Brisbane winger Michael Devere scores in left corner after Canterbury centre Willie Talau spilled the ball 20m from his line. Canterbury protests Talau was stripped of the ball in two-man tackle. Darren Lockyer converts - Brisbane 6-0.

11min: Canterbury winger Darryl Halligan slots 18m penalty goal after Brisbane offside - Brisbane 6-2.

14min: Canterbury's Craig Polla-Mounter leaves field injured.

15min: Lockyer makes try-saving tackle on Bulldog halfback Corey Hughes and seconds later slaps the ball dead in goal to kill Canterbury grubber kick.

20min: Canterbury forward Troy Stone leaves field clutching right wrist.

21min: Lockyer forced from field with a facial injury after a desperate tackle on Bulldog centre Shane Marteene.

22min: Canterbury forward Tony Grimaldi muscles his way over the try line near the posts after Hughes popped a pass while on his knees - Canterbury 6-6.

23min: Halligan converts - Canterbury 8-6.

28min: Canterbury winger Gavin Lester turns over the ball. Reserve forward Kevin Campion scores in the same corner as Devere. Replays show some doubt he grounded the ball in Lester's tackle, but Harrigan awards try - Brisbane 10-8. Lockyer misses conversion.

31min: Bulldogs forward Steve Price beats Gorden Tallis before passing to Talau who beats Lockyer - Canterbury 12-8. Halligan misses conversion.

40min: Canterbury fullback Rod Silva makes try-saving tackle on Brisbane centre Darren Smith.



42min: Harrigan awards Brisbane a second set of six tackles and Langer finds a flying Tonie Carroll who beats Hughes, Price and Silva to score - Brisbane 14-12. Lockyer converts - Brisbane 16-12.

50min: Langer puts Steve Renouf away, but Silva tackle saves try. Brisbane winger Wendell Sailor scores from next play - Brisbane 20-12. Lockyer misses conversion.

59min: Halligan fields Langer kick only to be driven 5m back and forced in goal.

60min: Harrigan awards Brisbane extra six tackles. Desperate Bulldog defence. Tallis dives American-style over Canterbury tacklers to score under posts - Brisbane 24-12. Lockyer converts - 26-12.

66min: Sailor disallowed try after kicking ahead but failing to ground the ball, but Brisbane awarded penalty for Canterbury forward Robert Relf taking Langer out of play.

67min: Silva intercepts and runs 75m before being tackled. Harrigan rules Silva off-side as play continues in Brisbane's 20m zone while Canterbury players argue with Harrigan.

68min: Brisbane hooker Phillip Lee scores Brisbane's sixth try - Brisbane 30-12. Lockyer converts - 32-12.

75min: Langer sends Carroll away before putting Darren Smith in to score - Brisbane 36-12. Lockyer converts - Brisbane 38-12.

80min: Langer takes last tackle to end game.



Penalties: 5-3 (Canterbury)

Clive Churchill Medal: Gorden Tallis (Brisbane).

Referee: Bill Harrigan

Crowd: 40,857.

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