On this day, Brad Fittler gets one over Andrew Johns, a Hall of Famer is born and Andrew Willis wins one for the Magpies.
Hall of Fame member Herb Narvo is born. Narvo signed with Newtown in 1937 and was one of the form forwards in the competition. Narvo was brought into the Kangaroos squad for the 1937-38 tour after Joe Pearce broke his leg on the first stop of the tour. He appeared in every game on that tour. The St George side he was captain-coach of in 1946 was crowned club champion but lost the grand final 13-12.
Australia and NSW representative Chris Mortimer was born. Mortimer played one Test for Australia in 1986, scoring a try in a 62-12 win over Papua New Guinea. He played 251 club games for Penrith and Canterbury and won premierships for the Bulldogs in 1980, 1984 and 1985. In 1988 he made the move from the Bulldogs to the Panthers. His career ended with two seasons in England playing for Wakefield Trinity. Mortimer also played nine State of Origin matches for NSW.
Queensland back-rower Gavin Cooper was born. Reached the 300-game mark in round 17 of 2019, with all but 76 of those matches being in North Queensland Cowboys colours. Cooper played six Origin matches for Queensland and was part of the Cowboys side that won the 2015 grand final.
Western Suburbs five-eighth Andrew Willis kicks a last-minute, 45-metre field goal to give his side a 23-22 win over North Sydney in a memorable Monday Night Football fixture. Brandon Costin, Aseri Laing and Willis scored Wests' tries.
After trailing 16-2 at halftime, the Sydney Roosters advance to the grand final with a 26-20 defeat of Newcastle led by a magnificent performance from Brad Fittler. Matthew Johns and Tony Butterfield play their last matches for the Knights.
South Sydney keep their finals hopes alive with a controversial 26-24 golden point win over North Queensland at ANZ Stadium after trailing the Cowboys 24-12 with 15 minutes to play. A sideline conversion from Chris Sandow sent the game into extra time.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.