March 20: GI's field goal blunder, 'Arko' gets tough

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.


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.

Former Manly winger John Hopoate sent to the sin-bin.
Former Manly winger John Hopoate sent to the sin-bin. ©NRL Photos


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".


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.

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