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12. Frank Burge: Glebe v Western Suburbs at Sydney Sports Ground, April 29, 1911

On this day, two Origin players and an Immortal share a birthday; another Croker produces plenty of points for the Raiders; and a 'GI' hat-trick helps thrash the Broncos.


Frank 'Chunky' Burge was born on this day. A Kangaroos tourist, he played lock and second row and was heralded as one of the greatest forwards Australia ever produced. He actually scored more tries (256) then games (242) playing predominantly for the old Glebe club, before a final season with St George in 1927. Burge shares his August 14 birthday with current players Paul Gallen (1981) and Coen Hess (1996).


A 12-man Newtown side stage one of the greatest recoveries in premiership history, when although a man down they came back from an 18-0 deficit against the champion South Sydney side to win 25-24.     

Raiders try-scoring freak Jason Croker
Raiders try-scoring freak Jason Croker ©NRL Photos


Canberra lock Jason Croker scores four tries in the Raiders’ 42-12 defeat of Cronulla at Bruce Stadium. He was the Raiders leading try scorer (120) until 2019 when his distant relative Jarrod Croker equalled and then past him in round 17. 


South Sydney winger Nathan Merritt scores a hat-trick in the Rabbitohs’ 47-18 demolition of Canberra, giving him the remarkable tally of eight tries from his past two games, a feat last achieved in 1994.      

Rabbitohs fullback Greg Inglis
Rabbitohs fullback Greg Inglis ©NRL Photos


Rabbitohs fullback Greg Inglis produces one of his finest performances in the opening game of the NRL's 'Close The Gap' round. Inglis scores a hat-trick,  including one in which he combines with lock Sam Burgess for one of the great four-pointers of the season. The Rabbitohs thrash the Broncos 42-16. They went on to win the club's 21st premiership that year.

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