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Mitch Aubusson is the ultimate clubman.

On this day, John Sattler etches his name into grand final folklore, Manly down the Sharks in a grand final replay and one of the Roosters' favourite sons etches his name in the foundation club's record books.


King scores the only try of the 1964 decider


South Sydney captain John Sattler plays through most of the grand final against Manly with a badly broken jaw.

Sattler cops a savage punch behind the play in the early minutes of the match, but displays remarkable courage to play out the 80 minutes and lead his side to a 23-12 victory.         


Manly down Cronulla 16-0 in the grand final replay. Despite controversy along the way, Manly’s win ranks as one of the great premiership victories.

Graham Eadie scored a try and kicked three goals and a field goal in Manly's 1978 grand final replay win.
Graham Eadie scored a try and kicked three goals and a field goal in Manly's 1978 grand final replay win.

The Sea Eagles come through six finals matches, five of them sudden-death, including two replays in the space of 24 days. Remarkably it was the second year in a row a replay had been needed to decide the premiers.


The Bulldogs bounce back from their qualifying final loss to the Cowboys to sink Melbourne 43-18 at Aussie Stadium. Bulldogs winger Hazem El Masri becomes the first player in the history of the premiership to score 300 points in a season.

Johnathan Thurston can't believe the Cowboys' bad luck.
Johnathan Thurston can't believe the Cowboys' bad luck.


A touch-and-go decision on a knock-on costs North Queensland the most extraordinary comeback victory in the history of the premiership when they fight back from a 30-0 deficit against the Sydney Roosters to draw level, but eventually go down 31-30 at Allianz Stadium. Halfback maestro Johnathan Thurston streaked away for what would have been the match-winning try for the Cowboys only to be called back for a miniscule knock-on by five-eighth Robert Lui.


The game loses one of its most cherished characters and sharpest thinkers with the passing of 86-year-old Ron Massey, the former right-hand man to coach of the century Jack Gibson.


Sydney Roosters veteran Mitch Aubusson surpasses Anthony Minichiello as the most capped player in the history of the foundation club when he makes his 303rd top-grade appearance in his team’s round 19 clash with Cronulla at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Aubusson celebrates with two tries in a 34-18 victory.


Warriors fullback Reece Walsh is named the RLPA rookie of the year.


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


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