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On this day, Wests bruiser Cameron Blair gives an opponent a helping hand and Billy Slater couldn't stop scoring tries.


Wests captain Cameron Blair becomes a hero when he goes to the aid of Parramatta halfback Tony Cosatto after Cosatto swallowed his tongue. Blair receives an official commendation after putting Cosatto in a position that allowed him to breathe. A grateful Cosatto later says "It is the Australian way, in a life and death situation you try and look after your mate."

Freakish Wesser flick


South Sydney members vote “yes” to the proposal of Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes a Court to privatise the iconic club. The proposal requiring 75% support to succeed – scrapes in by a mere 32 votes. Patriarch George Piggins insists he is finished with the club, declaring: “It’s over. I won’t be watching the team play. It’s a big blow but that’s life. It’s about time I wandered off”.

Cronk bags a double against the Roosters


Newcastle’s clash with the Raiders at Canberra Stadium yields 102 points to break the record for the highest scoring match in premiership history. Newcastle captain Andrew Johns scores 30 points as the Knights win 70-32.

Knights legend Andrew Johns.
Knights legend Andrew Johns. ©NRL Photos


Winger Nathan Merritt scores what is an immediate try of the season nomination in the Rabbitohs' 31-6 defeat of Parramatta. Merritt played 218 games for Souths and scored 146 tries for the club.


Star fullback Billy Slater becomes the first player to score four try doubles in the opening four rounds of a season. Slater ends up playing 322 games with the Storm and scores 191 tries before retiring at the end of the 2018 season.


Brisbane and North Queensland follow a similar script to their 2015 grand final thriller. Anthony Milford knocks over a 40m field goal at the death for a 21-20 Broncos win.   

Jake, Tom and DCE combine for Sea Eagles sizzler


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