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