On this day, an Origin hero was born, the Sharks felt the earth move during ET's 200th and Nathan Cleary took bragging rights over dad Ivan as the Panthers beat the Tigers.
Russell finishes off a long-range Bears try
Shaun Timmins, playing five-eighth, only kicked one field goal in his nine-game Origin career but it was a memorable one for NSW to win Game One in 2004. He also scored the only try for the Blues in that 9-8 win. He missed game two but was back playing lock in game three for NSW to take the series 2-1. Timmins played five seasons with the Illawarra Steelers and then seven with St George Illawarra including the 1999 grand final. He played nine Tests for Australia and turns 44 today.
Following a highly successful State of Origin series, a fourth match is played at Veterans' Stadium at Long Beach, in California, and won 30-18 by NSW. A moderate crowd of 12,349 attend the "experimental" match.
It was Andrew 'ET' Ettingshausen's 200th game for Cronulla and he celebrates with a hat-trick in the Sharks 32-28 defeat of Wests. But the game is also remembered for an earth tremor, shortly before full-time, which rocked Caltex Field’s new western grandstand.
Cronulla searching for their maiden premiership after 33 years take a 20-6 half-time lead over the Broncos in the first weekend of NRL finals. But Brisbane fights back to end the Sharks season 34-20. Captain Kevin Walters and a number of other Broncos players make their final appearances at Brisbane's ANZ Stadium, formerly known as QEII Stadium.
In just his second NRL game, Wests Tigers’ Fijian winger Marika Koroibete crosses for a club record-equalling four tries as the Tigers overpower a free-spirited Parramatta 51-26 at Parramatta Stadium. Koroibete left the Tigers at the end of 2014 after just 16 games in three years, and went to Storm where he played 58 games over three seasons, including the 2016 grand final.
Panthers’ young gun Nathan Cleary claims family bragging rights over father Ivan when Penrith down Wests Tigers 28-14 at Pepper Stadium. It is the first time a player has opposed a team coached by his father at premiership level since 1990 when Souths’ Darren McCarthy took on a Gold Coast team coached by his famous father, Bob McCarthy.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.