July 22: Crowd joins on-field melee; Mad Dogs bags four

On this day, a crowd joins an on-field fight, the 'greatest moment in Australian rugby league history' occurs and Adam MacDougall bags four tries in a game.

1911     

A match between North Sydney and Glebe turns violent when three players are sent from the field for fighting. On the way to the pavilion, two of the players resumed hostilities, and then, according to The Referee newspaper: “The crowd broke loose, jumped the pickets and swarmed the field of play.”

1950     

St George winger Ron Roberts scores the try that clinches the Ashes for Australia for the first time in 30 years on a Sydney Cricket Ground mudheap. The scores are locked at 2-all when Roberts makes his historic dash, 15 minutes from the final whistle. “Grown men stood in the dressing room with tears running down their faces,” recalled Australian second-rower Bernie Purcell. In the 1980s, Rugby League Week declares the Roberts try the “Greatest Moment in Australian Rugby League history”.

1997     

Canberra are knocked out of the World Club Challenge after a shock 38‑18 loss to the London Broncos

1998     

Former Brisbane Broncos player Paul Iles dies in Rockhampton of a blood clot on the brain, aged 28.

Adam MacDougall put four on the Warriors in 2001.
Adam MacDougall put four on the Warriors in 2001. ©NRL Photos

2001     

Newcastle centre Adam MacDougall equals Darren Albert’s club record of four tries in a match during his team’s 37-30 defeat of the New Zealand Warriors at Ericsson Stadium.

2003     

Warriors second-rower Ali Lauiti'iti is ruled out of New Zealand’s team for the one-off Test against Australia after he was suspended for one match for a high tackle. He is replaced by Penrith second-rower Joe Galuvao.

2004     

Narrandera Lizards winger Corey Prior is suspended until 2019 after he is found guilty of assaulting a referee.

2006     

The NRL career of Sydney Roosters forward Adrian Morley comes to an end after he is sent off for kneeing Bulldogs interchange Corey Hughes in a 25-0 loss at Telstra Stadium. Morley receives a seven-match ban from the judiciary.

2009     

Dual international Timana Tahu seeks a release from the final two years of his contract with the ARU in order to return to the NRL with Parramatta.

2015     

The NRL announces significant changes for the game in 2016 with the number of interchanges permitted by a team to be reduced from 10 to eight per game and a shot clock to be introduced for scrums and goal-line drop-outs.

 

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