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June 30: Mal mauls Kiwis; Jimmy sinks Warriors

On this day, Mal Meninga carried the Kangaroos to victory over the Kiwis and Jimmy Maloney capped a magical week by sinking the Warriors.


Lewis and Jack orchestrate Ribot try


Two inspired pieces of brilliance from Australian captain Mal Meninga help Australia retain their world champion status with a convincing 16-4 third Test win over the Kiwis at Lang Park. Bob Lindner plays his last Test for Australia.

Former Kangaroos captain Mal Meninga.
Former Kangaroos captain Mal Meninga. ©NRL Photos


One of the biggest stories in years breaks when it is revealed 10 South Sydney players have tested positive to drugs. Fullback Scott Wilson is immediately sacked from the club. Wilson initiates court action, but the matter is settled and he signs with North Sydney. The drugs matter threatens to split South Sydney in two, with  coach and leagues club president George Piggins calling for the sacking of the football club board over their handling of the matter.


Brisbane  coach  Wayne  Bennett  rates  his  depleted  team’s  victory  over  Penrith  as  one  of  the  club’s  best.  With  seven  State  of  Origin  players  missing  the  Broncos  downed  the  Panthers  24-16  at  CUA  Stadium.


James Maloney caps off a brilliant week by kicking a golden point field goal to lift Penrith to a 19-18 victory over the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium. Just seven days after playing a starring role in NSW's victory in Origin II, Maloney rose to the occasion for his club, landing the decisive play four minutes into golden point.

Panthers halfback James Maloney.
Panthers halfback James Maloney. ©Shane Wenzlick/NRL Photos


South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett reacts angrily at claims by coach Anthony Seibold and chairman Karl Morris that the Broncos were in need of a rebuild after he left the club in 2018. "It was my intention to remain silent but if the Brisbane chairman or any other person at the Broncos wants to make false assertions, I will set the record straight," Bennett says. "I’m correcting the record here. The chairman must be oblivious to the running of the club. If the roster was so bad, why would Anthony Seibold take the job?”


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


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