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Newcastle Herald


Author: Ben Drzyzga
Date: 17/09/1997
Words: 379
          Publication: Newcastle Herald
Section: Sport
Page: 16

Darren Lockyer

Michael Devere

Steve Renouf

Anthony Mundine

Wendell Sailor

Kevin Walters

Allan Langer (c)

Darren Smith

Peter Ryan

Gorden Tallis

Andrew Gee

John Plath

Brad Thorn

Tonie Carroll/Shane Webcke

Phillip Lee

Michael Hancock

Ben Walker

Dennis Scott

Petero Civoniceva



David Peachey

Mat Rogers

A Ettingshausen (c)

Russell Richardson

Geoff Bell

Mitch Healey

Paul Green

Tawera Nikau

Chris McKenna

Craig Greenhill

Danny Lee

Dean Treister

Jason Stevens

Les Davidson

Sean Ryan

Nathan Long

Adam Dykes

Paul Donaghy

Richie Barnett


Brisbane v Cronulla

Saturday 8pm


Head-to-head record (1988-97): 16 matches, Brisbane 11 wins, Cronulla 5.

Leading tryscorer: Brisbane - Wendell Sailor, 15. Cronulla - Mat Rogers, 14.

Leading goalkicker: Brisbane - Darren Lockyer 65/104 (63%). Cronulla - Mat Rogers 68/98 (69%).

Tries scored and conceded: Brisbane 95-49. Cronulla 74-46.

Penalties for and against: Brisbane 101-113. Cronulla 125-116.

Home and away record (1996-97): Brisbane (home) Played 19, won 16, lost 2, drawn 1. Cronulla (away) Played 21, won 19, lost 2, drawn 1.

Match facts:

n Brisbane has won three out of four matches against Cronulla at ANZ Stadium.

n Brisbane thrashed the Sharks 34-2 in the major semifinal in Townsville two weeks ago.

n The Broncos are undefeated at ANZ Stadium this season.


Brisbane: Won, Hunter 34-16 (H); Won, Canterbury 32-24 (A); Won, Cronulla 34-2 (A)

Cronulla: Won, Canberra 22-18 (H); Lost, Brisbane 34-2 (A); Won, Canberra 10-4 (H)


Rd 5: Brisbane 14-12 (ANZ Stadium)

Rd 13: Cronulla 32-4 (Shark Park)

Major semifinal: Brisbane 34-2 (Stockland Stadium)

FOOTYTAB: No start

BETTING: Brisbane 1-4; Cronulla 25-10.

BOTTOM LINE: Fittingly, the season's two most consistent teams have reached the inaugural Super League grand final. The Sharks are in their first decider since 1978 while the Broncos won the 1992 and 1993 titles. Cronulla can match the star-studded Broncos in all areas but with the match being played in Brisbane, it's hard to look past the home side. BRISBANE.

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