On this day, Les Boyd was effectively rubbed out for life, Peter Sterling brought up his double-ton, while Greg Florimo was Mr Perfect against the Sea Eagles.
Future premiership-winner Richard Swain is born in New Zealand. After debuting with the Hunter Mariners in 1997, he had five standout seasons with Melbourne and was the starting hooker in the 1999 title-winning side. He spent a year with the Broncos before playing almost four seasons with Hull in the English Super League. A back injury forced Swain to retire in 2007.
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 Australian football.
Peter Sterling plays his 200th first grade match for Parramatta as the Eels down St George 20-8.
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.
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.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.