On this day, the Illawarra Steelers hammered the Cronulla Sharks, Bill Harrigan sent off Gorden Tallis, while Billy Slater broke Ken Irvine's try-scoring record.
The Illawarra Steelers produce the boilover result of the Panasonic Cup with their stunning 40-0 whitewash of Cronulla at Parramatta Stadium. English imports Andy Gregory and Steve Hampson make their debuts but play only a small role in the win.
New South Wales take first honours in the State of Origin series with a 20-16 victory at Stadium Australia. Referee Bill Harrigan comes under fire from Queensland for missing two apparent knock-ons in the lead-up to a crucial try and for sending Maroons forward Gorden Tallis from the field for dissent.
City Origin score their first win over Country since 1995 with a 26-16 win before 8,342 fans at Wagga’s Eric Weissel Oval.
North Queensland fullback Matt Bowen takes only 16 minutes of his comeback match from radical knee surgery to score a long-distance try as the Cowboys trounce the Sydney Roosters 34-18 at the Sydney Football Stadium.
Penrith announce that dual premiership-winning coach Phil Gould has been appointed to a coaching director’s role at the club.
Melbourne fullback Billy Slater surpasses Ken Irvine for most tries for a single premiership club when he crosses for a double against Parramatta to move to 172 career tries.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.