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Warriors winger Francis Meli.

On this day, Francis Meli bags five tries in a final, 'Sticky' gets Roosters gig and the Broncos charge into their first grand final.


Brisbane qualify for their first grand final when they down Illawarra 22-12 in the major semi-final.

The Broncos were the benchmark in 1992.
The Broncos were the benchmark in 1992.


Storm five-eighth Cameron Munster was born on this day in 1994. The classy No.6 made his NRL debut as a 20-year-old in 2014 and has racked up 126 games and a premiership as well as seven Origins and four Tests.


Erindale College becomes the first ACT school to win the game’s premier national schoolboy title when they down Parramatta Marist 26-12 in the final of the Aussie Home Loans Cup


The Broncos end Melbourne’s remarkable debut season with a 30-6 victory in an elimination semi-final.


Former Test halfback Ricky Stuart is confirmed as the new coach of the Sydney Roosters for 2002. Former first-grade coach Phil Gould returns as coaching director


Warriors winger Francis Meli becomes the first player to score five tries in a final series match as his team goes on a 48-22 rampage against the Bulldogs at the Showground.

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The Gold Coast Titans pull off a major recruitment coup by signing dual international Mat Rogers to play for the club in 2008.

Mat Rogers on the move for the Titans.
Mat Rogers on the move for the Titans.


Coach Nathan Brown and leading players Mark Gasnier and Jason Ryles end their careers with St George Illawarra after the Dragons are trounced 38-6 by Manly.


Jamie Soward steers Penrith to a remarkable qualifying final win over the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium after landing a sideline conversion in the dying minutes to level the scores before potting a match-winning field goal from 30 metres out.

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Kiwi coach Stephen Kearney is appointed to the head coaching role of the Warriors, with Andrew McFadden to step back into an assistant role.


The Roosters charge to within one game of the grand final after a dominant 30-6 victory over South Sydney in the opening game of the 2019 finals at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The only sour note for the Roosters is the reporting of prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves for tripping. He is hit with a contrary conduct charge that results in another visit to the NRL judiciary where he is found guilty and suspended for one game.


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

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