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By SCG Trust

St George captured their 11th consecutive grand final victory with a powerful 23-4 triumph over Balmain at the SCG.

The game was won at halftime with the Saints leading 14-4 thanks to three tries early on, with Graeme Langlands going on to kick seven goals in total.

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The 1966 grand final was their eleventh consecutive premiership and the final game of the unlimited tackle era, with a four tackle rule introduced the following season.

It marked the end or a remarkable era for St George, and the start of a new dimension for the game of rugby league.

Following the match, St George captain-coach Ian Walsh, who took over from Norm Provan, was chaired from the field by his teammates.

He had completed a rare double by also leading Australia to their Ashes success against England earlier in the year.

Johnny Raper was retrospectively named Clive Churchill Medallist as the best player on the day, as St George kept a grand final opponent tryless for the seventh time during their improbable run.

It was a decade when the game's stars played hard and lived hard - and the mighty Saints ruled Sydney like no team before or since.

As the great Raper said in a Sunday Telegraph interview in 2011: "It was playing for the Dragons ... that's what made you feel invincible."

Between 1956 and 1966 St George won 183 of their 222 matches, scoring an average of 23 points per match.

St George 23. Tries: Pollard, Huddart, Ryan. Goals: Langlands (7).
Balmain Tigers 4. Goals: Barnes (2).

Game Day Activations

The fixture will be recognising and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Premiership - the last in the world record run of 11 Premierships between 1956-1966.

The Dragons will have a “History Walk” activation with different pieces of memorabilia celebrating the historic 11 Premiership wins between 1956-66 at the Victor Trumper Concourse (Level 1).

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Jersey Information & Auction

The Dragons will also commemorate the occasion by wearing a special Heritage Jersey recognising the 11-straight Premierships and 85 players involved.

The Dragons player-worn Heritage Jerseys will be available for auction via the official website between Thursday, March 17-Thursday, March 24.

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