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March 20: GI's field goal howler; El Masri voted greatest kicker

On this day in history, Arko takes a stand, Hopoate's infamous shot on Galloway, while Tahu joins the rah-rah crowd.


League chairman Ken Arthurson warns clubs they face expulsion from the competition if found guilty of secretly negotiating with News Limited over Super League.


After two straight losses, joint venture pioneers St George Illawarra record their maiden victory with a sideline conversion by Wayne Bartrim securing a 16-14 win over Canberra. The Dragons lost their next game on a field goal to the Rabbitohs before turning the corner with wins in four of their next five matches.


With second-rower Lance Thompson leading the way with an inspirational performance, a depleted St George Illawarra side upset the Warriors 16-10 at Ericsson Stadium. The Dragons go into the match missing five players from their originally selected line-up.


Manly winger John Hopoate is sent off for a brutal high shot on Cronulla forward Keith Galloway. Referee Paul Simpkins stops play for 10 minutes while Galloway is placed on a stretcher with his neck in a brace.

Timana Tahu in action for the Eels in 2007.
Timana Tahu in action for the Eels in 2007.


Parramatta winger Timana Tahu signs a four-year deal with the Australian Rugby Union worth a reported $2 million. Two weeks earlier Tahu had described the 15-a-side game as "boring". Tahu played Super Rugby with the NSW Waratahs and won four caps for the Wallabies in 2008 before returning to the NRL in 2010.


Rabbitohs fullback Greg Inglis admits to a "brain explosion" when he shoots for a field goal on the final play of the game against the Dragons, despite his team trailing 8-6 at the time.


Hazem El Masri is voted the greatest goal-kicker of all time. After more than 8000 votes, the Bulldogs legend was the runaway winner with 46% of fans in an poll choosing him as the best of all time. Cowboys icon Johnathan Thurston was the runner-up (25%) ahead of former North Sydney and Canterbury sharpshooter Daryl Halligan (9%) and Souths skipper Adam Reynolds (7%).


The first player to lead the Sea Eagles to a premiership, Fred Jones, dies in Sydney at the age of 79.

Fred Jones leads from the front


This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton

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