June 20: Blues ruin Mal's last hurrah; Gaz grabs four tries

On this day, the Blues put on their party pooper hats for Mal Meninga's Origin farewell, while Mark Gasnier equalled a Dragons try-scoring record.

1965

Future Bulldogs and Tigers winger Steve O'Brien is born in Sydney. O'Brien played in the Bulldogs' 1984 grand final win over Parramatta but missed selection in the club's '85 and '88 grand final-winning teams. O'Brien joined the Tigers in 1989 and played on the wing in the grand final loss to the Raiders. The Tigers led 12-2 but were run down and lost 19-14 in extra time. O'Brien retired after the '92 season.

1993

A field goal by Australian skipper Laurie Daley four minutes from full-time salvages Australia’s pride and a 14-all draw against the Kiwis in the first Test at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.

Laurie Daley leads the Kangaroos into battle in 1993 against the Kiwis.
Laurie Daley leads the Kangaroos into battle in 1993 against the Kiwis. ©NRL Photos

1994

NSW spoil Mal Meninga’s hopes of ending his State of Origin career on a winning note by cruising to a 27-12 victory in the final match of the series at Suncorp Stadium.

2004

St George Illawarra centre Mark Gasnier equals the Dragons’ club record of four tries in a match in his team’s 50-0 thrashing of the Wests Tigers.

 

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