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August 16: Tuiaki's blitz; Clive debuts; Dragons break hoodoo

On this day, the "Little Master", Clive Churchill, makes his Rabbitohs debut AND plays his final match for Souths while Taniela Tuiaki breaks a Tigers tryscoring record and the Dragons break their Canberra hoodoo.


Clive Churchill makes his debut for South Sydney. Signed by the Rabbitohs after playing for Country Seconds against Sydney, Churchill plays his first match in the Red and Green in Souths’ 25-20 loss to Newtown at Erskineville Oval.


Clive Churchill plays his final match for South Sydney. A dispute over money forces his departure from the club after 12 seasons and 157 games.


Former Storm winger Matt Duffie is born. The Christchurch-born back was Melbourne's Rookie of the Year after scoring twice on debut in 2010. All up he scored 37 tries in 62 appearances for the Storm and played one Test for New Zealand.

Tigers legend Paul Sironen.
Tigers legend Paul Sironen.


Balmain captain Paul Sironen breaks Garry Jack’s record for most first-grade appearances for the Tigers when he plays his 245th game. Fittingly the game is at the Tigers' spiritual home Leichhardt Oval but the Newcastle Knights spoil the party with a 30-16 win.


Former Test centre Jamie Lyon signs a two-year deal with St Helens.

Jamie Lyon on the move for Parra in 2004.
Jamie Lyon on the move for Parra in 2004.


Tigers winger Taniela Tuiaki breaks the club’s season tryscoring record when a hat-trick propels him to 21 tries from 21 appearances.


St George Illawarra win in Canberra for the first time since 2000 when they down the Raiders 34-16 at GIO Stadium.


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

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