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July 16: Sharpe makes history; Blocker in hot water

On this day, Belinda Sharpe makes history, Wendell Sailor scores a 95m try on his birthday and Steve Roach pats ref on the head.


Two weeks after suffering a 56-6 loss in the second Test, France stun Australia with a 7-5 win in the third Test at the SCG. Australia included the likes of Norm Provan, John Raper, Keith Barnes, Ken Irvine and Reg Gasnier in their side.


In a moment he'll long be remembered for, Balmain prop Steve Roach is suspended for four matches and fined $5000 after being cited for "patting" referee Eddie Ward on the head and abusing touch judge Lance Harrigan during a match.   


On his 26th birthday, Broncos winger Wendell Sailor scores a 95m try against St George Illawarra at WIN Stadium. Brisbane win the match 44-14 with Michael De Vere bagging a double.


South Sydney stage an incredible fightback to score two tries in the final two minutes to score a 24-22 win over the Sydney Roosters 24-22 at Allianz Stadium. The win delivered some form of revenge for South Sydney after the Roosters won in similar circumstances in round one.

Brisbane winger Wendell Sailor.
Brisbane winger Wendell Sailor. ©NRL Photos


Referee Belinda Sharpe makes history when she becomes the first female appointed to control an NRL fixture. Sharpe is appointed second referee for the Broncos-Bulldogs clash at Suncorp Stadium. "She couldn't have performed any better," said NRL head of football Graham Annesley after the match.