There’s only one more sleep before the NRL grand final kicks off at ANZ Stadium. Before you witness the new era of history, rewind the clock to 1977 and watch the Dragons score 22 unanswered points against the more favoured Parramatta Side.
Parramatta finished the season in first place, only trumping the Dragons on for and against. And heading into the grand final, many had Parramatta as their favourite to claim the ultimate prize.
But true to the nature of both sides, the grand final finished as a draw with both sides scoring 9 points each, forcing another grand final to decide the winner.
The second time around the Dragons made no mistake and found the determination and grit ingrained into the Red V jersey during their incredible 11 premiership run just one decade earlier.
Relive the amazing match below!
St George Dragons: 1. Ted Goodwin, 2. Steve Butler, 3. Graham Quinn 4. Robert Finch, 5. John Chapman, 6. Rod McGregor, 17. John Bailey, 8. Bruce Starkey, 9. Steve Edge ©, 10. Craig Young, 11. Robert Stone, 12. John Jansen, 13. Rod Reddy. Interchange 20. Barry Beath. Coach Harry Bath.
Parramatta Eels: 1. Mark levy, 2. Jim Porter, 3. Michael Cronin, 4. Ed Sulkowicz, 5. Graeme Atkins, 6. John Peard, 7. John Kolc, 8. Graeme Olling, 9. Ron Hilditch, 14. John Baker, 11. Ray Higgs©, 12. Geoff Gerard, 13. Ray Price. Interchange 11. Denis Fitzgerald. Coach Terry Fearnley.
St George Dragons 22 (tries: John Bailey, John Jansen, Robert Stone. goals; Ted Goodwin 6/7. Field goals; Ted Goodwin) d Parramatta Eels (goals Michael Cronin 0/4) Saturday 24th September, 1977, Sydney Cricket Ground. 47,828 attendance.