GAME ONE, 1988: ALF STEPS UP
1988. SFS. Allan Langer.
Queensland halfback Allan Langer has a game for the ages, highlighted by two spectacular tries as Queensland – without skipper Wally Lewis – stun New South Wales 26-18 in 1988’s opening match.
“Alfie” first displays his guile by picking up a loose ball from an against-the-feed scrum win, fends off counterpart Peter Sterling and scores in the blind-side corner with amazing audacity.
His second try was full of Queensland spirit, as he grubbers the ball three times, beating six Blues defenders along the way to score a try only a Queenslander could manage.
New South Wales never recovered from the defeat with Queensland going on to a 3-0 series whitewash.
1988 Game 1, SFS, May 17
Queensland: Gary Belcher; Alan McIndoe, Tony Currie, Gene Miles, Joe Kilroy; Peter Jackson, Allan Langer; Paul Vautin (c), Bob Lindner, Wally Fullerton Smith, Sam Backo, Greg Conescu, Martin Bella. Replacements: Brett French, Scott Tronc.
Coach: Wayne Bennett
NSW: Jonathan Docking; Brian Johnston, Mark McGaw, Michael O’Connor, Andrew Ettingshausen; Cliff Lyons, Peter Sterling; Wayne Pearce (c), Noel Cleal, Steve Folkes, Steve Roach, Royce Simmons, Les Davidson. Replacements: Terry Lamb, David Trewhella.
Coach: John Peard
Queensland 26 (Langer 2, Jackson, McIndoe, Belcher tries; Belcher 3 goals) def New South Wales 18 (O’Connor, Ettingshausen, McGaw tries; O’Connor 3 goals).
Referee: Barry Gomersall
Man of the Match: Allan Langer
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