HEAD TO HEAD | South Queensland Crushers

4 matches [1995-1996]

2 wins, 2 losses

Stats: themightypanthers.com/results_headtohead_southqueensland.htm

The South Queensland Crushers were one of four expansion teams admitted to the newly named Australian Rugby League in 1995, and would become Brisbane’s second team, based out of Suncorp Stadium.

The first meeting between the Panthers and Crushers was in the third round of 1995 at Penrith Stadium. Penrith held a handsome 30-4 lead five minutes into the second half, but seemingly took their foot off the accelerator but still recorded a comfortable 34-12 victory in the end. Three months later, the Panthers travelled up to Brisbane and were at the wrong end of a 28-8 hiding.

In 1996, the two teams would meet twice again – at Suncorp Stadium, Penrith would cross for four tries whilst only conceding one to run out 22-4 victors, whilst at Penrith Stadium later in the season, the Panthers gave up a 12-8 half time lead to lose 20-16, and thus snapping a 10 match losing streak for the Crushers.

In 1997, the two teams would compete in separate competitions, with the Panthers in the Super League and the Crushers flying the flag for Brisbane in the Australian Rugby League – where they would finish with the wooden spoon.

When the two competitions came together at the end of 1997, the Crushers were not able to continue as a stand along club, with their operations would up in December with debts totaling $3 million.

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