On this day, Allan Langer and Andrew Johns are honoured for standout seasons, Corey Oates piles on four tries to equal a Broncos record and the Raiders win an historic finals clash.
Scott Gale produces a piece of magic for the Balmain Tigers.
Scott Gale with one of the original double kick specials
Allan Langer becomes the first Brisbane Broncos player to win the Rothmans Medal, the precursor to the Dally M Medal as the official player of the year award.
Brisbane host the first ever ARL finals match played outside Sydney. But the result doesn't go their way, with Canberra prevailing 14-8 over the Broncos in a match played with State of Origin intensity.
Andrew Johns takes out the Dally M Medal and the Provan Summons Medal for the second straight year. He would go on to win another Dally M in 2002 and won more Provan Summons Medals in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
Melbourne captain Cameron Smith equals Darren Lockyer’s all-time appearance record when he plays his 355th game in the Storm’s 32-6 defeat of Canberra at AAMI Park.
Corey Oates equals the record for most tries in a match for the Broncos with four as Brisbane belt Manly 48-16 at Suncorp Stadium to secure sixth spot on the ladder and a home final. Oates was on the board in just the second minute off an Anthony Milford grubber and scored again in the 26th, 50th and 58th minutes. Winger Jamayne Isaako contributes 20 points to finish with 233 points for the season and become the first rookie in 27 years to top the point scorers list.
The Newcastle Knights formally announce that Sydney Roosters assistant coach Adam O’Brien will take on the head coaching position at the club in 2020 after he signs on for three years.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.