On this day, Brett White and Ben Ross are marched in a spiteful Storm-Sharks clash and Jarryd Hayne comes to the rescue.
Mark Gasnier gives sign of things to come with a mature display in St George Illawarra's 25-18 upset win over the Knights.
The 18-year-old comes off the bench and grabs a late try as the Dragons start to look a little more like the side that had charged into the 1999 grand final.
After losing five of their first six matches the Dragons have now put together back to back wins over Auckland and Newcastle.
The 2000 season started much earlier than usual to accommodate the Sydney Olympic Games.
Rival front-rowers Ben Ross (Cronulla) and Brett White (Storm) are sent off by Tony Archer in an explosive match at Olympic Park.
In the 66th minute of the match Ross hit Cooper Cronk late and high after he had got a kick away and White rushes in to stick up for his No.7.
White pushed Ross to the deck and when the Sharks big man rose to his feet he was flattened by two punches from White.
Both men were marched by Archer before the Sharks prevailed 17-16.
Jarryd Hayne and his father, Manoa Thompson, come to the rescue of an Irish backpacker who is caught in a strong rip off at Sydney's Coogee Beach.
Hayne's team-mates are quick to dub him 'The Hoff', after Baywatch legend David Hasselhoff.
NRL chief executive David Gallop praised Hayne saying: "It was an outstanding effort and one the game can be proud of."
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton