SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 25: (L-R) Steve Walters, Ricky Stuart, Mal Meninga, Laurie Daley, Bradley Clyde and Brett Mullins of the Raiders celebrate after winning the 1994 ARL Grand Final between the Canberra Raiders and the Canterbury Bulldogs at the Sydney Football Stadium, 1994 in Sydney, Australia. The Raiders won 36-12. (Photo by Getty Images)

Over the years rugby league has seen some amazing teams dominate the competition for periods of time.

Although some of these teams did not win the premiership every single year of their dominant form, it is hard to dispute the impact they had in the game.

The following teams, in no particular order, are some of the greatest to ever play the game.  Don’t forget to comment your opinion below!

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The Green Machine Reign Supreme (Canberra Raiders 1987-1994)

It can be argued that the Raiders reign of dominance over rugby league didn’t begin until they beat the Balmain Tigers 19-14 in a historic first grand final win in 1989. However, in 1987 although facing defeat the Raiders made their maiden grand final against the Sea Eagles and even though they did lose that season laid the foundation for what was to come now that players like Mal Meninga and Gary Belcher had obtained grand final experience that they were able to build on in later years.

Between 1987 and 1994 the Raiders appeared in 5 grand finals in 8 years, winning 3. It was during this time that players such as Meninga, Belcher, Daley and Stuart cemented themselves as some of the greatest rugby league players of their era.

The Raiders won the 1989 and 1990 premierships back to back, they were the dominant team in the 1991 grand final for around 50 minutes of the game (sorry Penrith), with underrated winger Matthew Wood having a great game scoring the both the Raiders tries in that game.

Then the dynasty was put to a close after the 1994 grand final with the Raiders dominating the Bulldogs in a 36-12 victory with veteran captain Mal Meninga riding off into the metaphorical sunset, retiring with one last premiership.

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