Dragons Win 1959 Premiership!

Dragons Win 1959 Premiership!

By SCG Trust

The names Reg Gasnier and Johnny Raper pretty much sum up St George’s 1959 season.

The two young guns helped the Saints record 17 wins, one draw and not a single loss in one of the most dominant years in rugby league history.

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At barely 20 years old, future Immortals Gasnier and Raper burst onto the scene for St George and played a key part in their undefeated season which culminated in a 20-0 win over Manly and their fourth successive premiership.

It was a fierce grand final.

Harry Bath from the Saints targeted Rex Mossop who was carrying a broken cheekbone.

The two eventually exchanged blows and were both sent off by the referee nine minutes before full time.

Following the game Bath rejoined his teammates on the field, with a cigarette in hand.

Peter Provan lined up alongside his brother Norm for the grand final and lived up to the family name, playing on with a broken nose and collarbone at the SCG in front of a crowd of 49,457.

St George capitalised on an 11-0 lead by scoring three tries in the second half.

The Dragons became the fifth and last team to go through a season undefeated.

St George Dragons 20. Tries: Lumsden (3), Graham, Weekes, N Provan. Goals: Bath (1).
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 0.

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