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The Age

Brisbane slays the Dragons

Date: 26/09/1993
Words: 274
          Publication: The Age
Section: Sport Extra
Page: 29
Brisbane created rugby league history by beating a lacklustre St George 14-6 in the grand final to win the competition from fifth spot at the Sydney Football Stadium yesterday.

The Broncos led 10-2 at half-time and were untroubled in repeating last year's triumph over the Dragons.

Brisbane now has two premierships since entering the league in 1988, and giant Test prop Glenn Lazarus notched his fourth success in five years after winning with Canberra in 1989 and 1990.

Brisbane's Test winger Willie Carne scored a try in the 68th minute to put the match out of the Saints' reach after Dragons winger Ian Herron had kicked two penalty goals after half-time to keep the crowd favorites in touch.

St George beat Brisbane in the last round of the regular season through tight, mistake-free football but made a litany of errors yesterday.

The Broncos did not have to call on their galaxy of matchwinners and simply went through the motions as the Dragons handed over possession or allowed easy yardage by missing tackles.

Five-eighth Kevin Walters and second rower Trevor Gillmeister were outstanding for Brisbane, while St George lock Brad Mackay was rewarded for his fine game with the Clive Churchill Medal for the player of the match.

Centre Chris Johns and lock Terry Matterson scored the Broncos' first-half tries within three minutes of one another to give their side a 10-0 lead just prior to the break.

Canberra won the 1989 competition from fourth spot, but no side has done so from fifth.

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