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It was the game that had it all and for those of us who wear purple, it is one that still gives us a reason to smile to this very day.

Storm went into the 2008 semi-final against the Broncos as favourites despite being dealt a shock loss to the Warriors at home the previous week.

That defeat meant that the minor premiers had to travel up to Brisbane to take on a side riding a wave of emotion.

Be at AAMI Park when we take on the Roosters, Saturday 23 July, 7:30pm.

This finals series was set to be the last for Wayne Bennett who was ending his 21-year reign as Broncos coach to join the Dragons the following season.

Favourite sons Tonie Carroll, Ben Hannant and Darius Boyd were also among the names set to leave Red Hill at the end of that year.

A crowd of 50,466 filled Suncorp Stadium on a Saturday night to see these two great teams, lead by two master coaches, go head to head.

And what a battle it turned out to be.

Boyd struck first for the Broncos as he capped of a quick move down the left touch line to open the scoring.

Billy Slater had the opportunity to hit back for the visitors but he was unable to gain control of a Cooper Cronk grubber kick.

Storm continued to pile on the pressure but to the Broncos credit they held firm, combatting wave after wave of purple onslaught.

Brisbane's defensive resilience was rewarded when they scored their second try against the run of play in the 32nd minute.

After a stagnated move Brisbane winger Denan Kemp turned on the speed to somehow blitz his way through the Storm defence from a standing start and send his side into the sheds with a 12-0 half-time lead.

Craig Bellamy's men were in need of a response and just six minutes after the restart it would arrive from an experienced and unlikely source.

Michael Crocker tracked the run of a speedy Israel Folau who broke through the Bronco's resistance before offloading to the veteran on the 20m line who scored just his second try of the season.

That try set up what looked to be a dramatic second half and it certainly did not disappoint. 

Acknowledgement of Country

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