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By SCG Trust

In miserable weather St George played the closest grand final of their remarkable run, beating Wests 9-6 in front a crowd of 41,000 at the SCG.

Norm Provan was crushed by Jim Cody and had to get stiches at half time, leaving forward Billy Wilson to address the team, who were sucking on pineapples at the break.

He told his gang not to go out there and 'square accounts' after their captain had been left bruised earlier in the game.

But Wilson had his own agenda and was sent off in the first minute of the second half for singling out Cody, leaving St George a man down for the remainder of the grand final .

However Provan's return from the blood bin was enough to see Saints through, with the great Johnny Raper covering both lock and five-eighth in the latter stages of the game.

It marked St George's first premiership under 29 year old captain-coach Norm Provan, who took over from Ken Kearney at the end of the 1961 season.

Provan was the natural selection, a relentless competitor, fitness fanatic and one of the finest defence men in rugby league at the time.

St George Dragons 9. Tries: King. Goals: McDonald (3).
Western Suburbs Magpies 6. Goals: Bray (3).

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