On this day, Jason Stevens and Daniel Smailes copped the judiciary's wrath, Wigan upstaged the Broncos in Brisbane, while a fuming Laurie Daley called for new Origin referees.
ARL chairman Ken Arthurson rules out any further action against five players reported by referee Greg McCallum in the wake of Origin III. The board of the International Rugby League vote to introduce video citing in all Test matches. The board also decide to amend the game’s laws to require the defending team to stand back 10 metres at the play-the-ball.
The champion Wigan side steal Brisbane’s title as world champions with a 20-14 victory in the World Club Challenge match at Brisbane’s ANZ Stadium. The game is watched by a crowd of more than 54,000 people.
Cronulla prop Jason Stevens (eight matches) and Newcastle forward Daniel Smailes (seven matches) are suspended for long periods over incidents in a match at Marathon Stadium. Referee Tim Mander and touch judge Paul Field are dropped from first grade because of their failure to take stern action over the Stevens and Smailes incidents.
The ARL sends warning letters to 10 players involved in a wild brawl in the under-17 interstate clash which was played as a curtain-raiser to the second State of Origin match.
Halfback Jamie Soward completes a remarkable week by steering St George Illawarra to an 11-4 win over Brisbane, six days after playing in the Sydney Roosters’ golden point win over Cronulla.
A timekeeping error costs embattled South Sydney a crucial scoring opportunity late in the first half of the club’s round 12 clash with St George Illawarra. An experienced timekeeper mistakenly sounds the halftime siren 55 seconds early with the Rabbitohs attacking deep inside Dragons’ territory. Coach Jason Taylor describes the error as “astronomical”.
Cronulla lock Paul Gallen accepts the NRL’s $10,000 fine for racially abusing St George Illawarra forward Mickey Paea but insists “I am not a racist”. Gallen steps aside as captain of the Sharks, replaced by former Dragon Trent Barrett.
Former Queensland prop Ben Ross suffers a further setback in his attempt to return from a career-threatening neck injury when new scans reveal his neck is still a “liability”.
Warriors stalwart Simon Mannering celebrates the twin milestones of 200 games and 100 games as captain with two tries in his team’s 38-18 defeat of Newcastle at Mt Smart Stadium.
Queensland down New South Wales 6-4 in a dour series-opening game, watched by a crowd of 80,251 at ANZ Stadium. The Blues are angered by a call by video officials to overturn an on-field decision and deny a try for centre Josh Morris. Blues coach Laurie Daley lashes match referees Gerard Sutton and Ben Cummins and demands their removal for Game 2. Queensland second-rower Matt Gillett is named man of the match.
New South Wales five-eighth James Maloney joins the chorus of leading figures in the game calling for greater protection for playmakers after Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston was felled by Manly forward Jack Gosieswki with a late shoulder charge to the back. “The game has to do something,” Maloney said.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.