The Courier-Mail



IT wasn’t a try. It was a footballin­g miracle.

Broncos pivot Anthony Milford yesterday labelled Brisbane’s 95m moment of magic, finished by Lachlan Maranta, as the best try he has seen in rugby league.

The NRL premiershi­p is only approachin­g its midpoint, but it will take something special to trump the side-to-side, end-to-end Broncos raid that stunned the Raiders on Saturday night.

It was Milford’s dance, jink and offload that turned the impossible into the probable. When Maranta sliced between two Raiders defenders to crash over after the half-time siren to give Brisbane a 16-12 half-time lead, the Broncos went berserk.

Asked if he had witnessed a better try in rugby league, Milford said with a wry grin: “No, not really.

“It was good to be a part of it. Lachy is a good finisher and I thought he did well to complete that try ... it was a huge play right on half-time.

“I thought Benny Hunt and Darius (Boyd) showed great vi-

sion to keep the ball alive and not just throw it out, they played their part and Lachlan did well to finish it off.”

For 20 seconds, the Broncos resembled the Harlem Globetrott­ers as they spun, flicked and kicked the Steeden to all parts of GIO Stadium.

It began five metres out from the Brisbane tryline when Raiders hooker Kurt Baptiste attempted a failed blindside rush five seconds before the break.

Broncos fullback Boyd seized on the loose ball. As the half-time siren sounded, he passed to Hunt, who ran 20m before passing to Boyd, who made another 10m before returning the ball to Hunt.

Stuck on the touchline, Hunt shrugged off Jarrod Croker. He raced past halfway. The Canberra cover flew across. Hunt appeared trapped. He looked for support. In a millisecon­d, he kicked infield.

The ball bounced perfectly. Suddenly, the footballin­g gods allowed Brisbane to dream.

Sprinting in midfield, Milford raced onto Hunt’s kick. He had 30m to travel. The pivot stopped, propped, pushed off Blake Austin, did a 360-degree turn and amid the madness, he detected a maroonand-yellow haze.

His pass found Alex Glenn, who ran into Canberra’s red zone before calmly positionin­g Maranta.

“Ohhhh, it’s a miracle in Canberra,” roared Fox Sports commentato­r Andrew Voss.

“What just happened! Ricky Stuart has got every right to be physically sick.”

The Fox Sports cameras then panned to Bennett, grinning ear-to-ear after being called Clint Eastwood by a Raiders fan.

“It’s another miracle ... Bennett smiles!” Voss exclaimed.

Hunt played down his role in one of the greatest tries in Brisbane’s 27-year history.

“There was a bit of luck ... I just saw the boys lining up in the middle of the field and tried to get the ball there,” he said.

“I thought, ‘Just hoik it across and we might be a chance’. I actually thought I sprayed it off the boot, but ‘Milf’ got a great bounce and Lachy did the rest.”

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