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July 2: Boyd cops hefty ban; Florimo's dream day

On this day, Les Boyd was effectively rubbed out for life, Peter Sterling brought up his double-ton, Greg Florimo was Mr Perfect against the Sea Eagles and George Burgess copped a hefty ban.


Three matches after returning from his 12-month suspension, Manly’s Les Boyd is charged with gouging hooker Billy Johnstone in a match against Canterbury. His subsequent 15-month ban signals the end of his career in Australia.


Peter Sterling plays his 200th first-grade match for Parramatta as the Eels down St George 20-8.

Eels great Peter Sterling.
Eels great Peter Sterling. ©NRL Photos


North Sydney ace Greg Florimo scores a rare rating of 10 out of 10 in Rugby League Week after his vintage performance against Manly.


Bulldogs back-rower Sonny Bill Williams produces one of the most dominant individual performances of the season to spark a 38-6 demolition of the Sydney Roosters.

Match Highlights: Blues v Maroons


Queensland win their third consecutive State of Origin series after a 16-10 victory over NSW in the decider at ANZ Stadium.

Two-try hero Israel Folau is named man-of-the-match and Johnathan Thurston wins the Wally Lewis Medal as player of the series. Queensland lose halfback Scott Prince with a broken arm after 15 minutes.


High-flying Cronulla achieve a club record 12th consecutive victory when they outlast Parramatta 34-24 at Southern Cross Group Stadium. The Sharks are forced to fight back from an 18-0 deficit to claim the win.


Winger Alex Johnston becomes the eighth player to score five tries in a game for South Sydney as the Rabbitohs shock Penrith 42-14 at ANZ Stadium.

George Burgess spent nine weeks on the sidelines.
George Burgess spent nine weeks on the sidelines. ©Gregg Porteous/NRL Photos


South Sydney prop George Burgess is suspended for nine matches by the NRL judiciary after pleading guilty to eye gouging Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah.


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


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