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

On this day, the NSWRL introduces the six-tackle rule and also makes it less rewarding for field goal exponents, 'Hoppa' lands in hot water and Steve Price makes a big call on the Jones boy.


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, unless booted from 40 metres out as per the new rule introduced in 2021.


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.

Stacey Jones looks to set up a break for the Warriors.
Stacey Jones looks to set up a break for the Warriors. ©NRL Photos


Warriors captain Steve Price calls for team-mate Stacey Jones to be inducted as an Immortal.

“I think Stacey should be considered as an Immortal,” he told Rugby League Week, who created the Immortals concept in 1981.


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