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March 26: Hello six-tackle rule; Preston propels Titans to first win

On this day, the NSWRL introduces the six-tackle rule and also makes it less rewarding for field goal exponents, while 'Hoppa' lands in hot water.


After trials at the end of the 1970 season and pre season of '71, the six-tackle rule is introduced. A four-tackle rule had been used in the preceding four years after unlimited tackles were scrapped in 1967. Another significant change was the halving of field goals from two points to the single point it remains today.


Former Manly winger John Hopoate was a devastating player at times in the 90s but he'll always be remembered for having his contract torn up by the Wests Tigers after being found guilty of poking his finger into the backsides of North Queensland players during a game on this day in 2001.


A late try to fan favourite Preston Campbell gives the Gold Coast Titans the club's first win in the NRL, an 18-16 victory over Cronulla. The Titans finished 12th and 13th in their first two seasons before third and fourth placings the next two years. But that was as good as it got for the club, with only one top eight finish in the past eight seasons.

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