At the beginning of the 1990’s the Canberra Raiders were at the top of Australian Rugby League and after another premiership in 1990 and a Grand Final appearance in 1991 it’s seemed the Green Machine would reign supreme throughout the decade.
Granted they would win another premiership in 1994, but when one thinks of the most dominant team in the 90’s another comes to mind.
In just their fifth season in the competition the Brisbane Broncos would win their first premiership in 1992 and would go back to back in 1993 against the Dragons.
This Broncos unit was made up of some of the greatest to ever play our game.
The likes of Willie Carne, Steve Renouf, Glenn Lazarus, Julian O’Neill, Kevin Walters, Kerrod Walters and 1992 Clive Churchill Medal winner Allan Langer were the top players in the game and all had career making performances across both Grand Finals.
They would remain competitive the next few seasons, finishing 5th in 1994, 3rd in 1995 and 2nd in 1996.
In 1997 the Broncos were apart of the breakaway competition the Super League where they would win the World Club Challenge against both Australian and British clubs, and the 1997 Australian Super League title.
The NRL would rise from the Super League’s ashes in 1998, and although the Super League was dead the Broncos certainly weren’t as the would thrash the Bulldogs 38-12 in the grand final and win the inaugural NRL premiership.
While there were some established stars who were around the last time the Broncos won two straight Grand Finals still in the side, such as Kevin Walters and Allan Langer, the roster was primarily made up of new players who would go on to be legends of the club, including Darren Lockyer, Gordon Tallis, Tonie Carroll, Petero Civoniceva and Michael De Vere.
The club would go on to further success in the 2000’s winning the 2000 and 2006 grand finals, but have never been able to emulate what they did in the 1990’s.
With the young talent Brisbane have on their roster nowadays tho, maybe another golden era is nearing…