Do you remember these classic NRL Grand Final moments?

THE Broncos and Cowboys are set to battle it out on Sunday at ANZ Stadium in the NRL's first All-Queensland grand final.

Betting agencies can't split the teams, and with so much talent on display, the clash promises to go down as one of the greatest deciders in the game's history.

APN's rugby league expert Wayne Heming has delved back through the archives to come up with the top dozen grand final moments that were crucial in deciding the winner in that year.

Here are three more to stoke the memory bank - the final three will be revealed tomorrow.


1989: Raiders v Balmain

Steve Jackson was the last player into Canberra's grand final side after he played in the reserve grade grand final.

Sitting on the bench, Jackson watched Balmain get out to a 12-2 lead before John Ferguson scored a try and Chris O'Sullivan snapped a field goal to break a 14-all deadlock.

Coach Tim Sheens yelled out "put Jackson on" and his heart starts pumping furiously as he entered the battle with the game in the balance.

Minutes later, the player with No.20 on his back powered towards Balmain's try line.

By the time he got there he had half the Tigers team on his back, but still managed to score one of the great grand final tries for an epic 19-14 win.

1975: Roosters v Dragons

One of the greatest Dragons of them all, "Changa" Langlands played the worst game of his life in the 1975 decider.

What was even worse, he wore stark white boots into the game which made him, and every error he made, stand out like a beacon.

Langlands had agreed to wear the boots for his sponsor, but he went into the game with leg and groin injuries.

He had a pre-game needle, but instead of killing the pain it numbed his leg and he had what is known as a "Barry Crocker".

The mighty Dragons were thrashed 38-0 and Langlands has never lived down the tale of the white boots.



1963: St George v Western Suburbs 

Rivals Norm Provan and Arthur Summons embrace after the 1963 NRL Grand Final
Rivals Norm Provan and Arthur Summons embrace after the 1963 NRL Grand Final


Perhaps the one single moment frozen in time that even today signifies what rugby league is all about.

The photograph of 1963 rivals Norm Provan, a colossus of a man, and Arthur Summons, half his size but with a heart to match, both caked thick in mud and embracing each other after the game is an iconic photo.

For the record, Provan's Dragons won the game 8-3.