On this day, Mal Meninga carried the Kangaroos to victory over the Kiwis and Jimmy Maloney capped a magical week by sinking the Warriors.
Two inspired pieces of brilliance from Australian captain Mal Meninga help Australia retain their world champion status with a convincing 16-4 third Test win over the Kiwis at Lang Park. Bob Lindner plays his last Test for Australia.
One of the biggest stories in years breaks when it is revealed 10 South Sydney players have tested positive to drugs. Fullback Scott Wilson is immediately sacked from the club. Wilson initiates court action, but the matter is settled and he signs with North Sydney.
The drugs matter threatens to split South Sydney in two, with coach and leagues club president George Piggins calling for the sacking of the football club board over their handling of the matter.
Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett rates his depleted team’s victory over Penrith as one of the club’s best. With seven State of Origin players missing the Broncos downed the Panthers 24-16 at CUA Stadium.
James Maloney caps off a brilliant week by kicking a golden point field goal to lift Penrith to a 19-18 victory over the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium. Just seven days after playing a starring role in NSW’s victory in Origin II, Maloney rose to the occasion for his club, landing the decisive play four minutes into golden point.
South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett reacts angrily at claims by coach Anthony Seibold and chairman Karl Morris that the Broncos were in need of a rebuild after he left the club in 2018.
“It was my intention to remain silent but if the Brisbane chairman or any other person at the Broncos wants to make false assertions, I will set the record straight,” Bennett says.
“I’m correcting the record here. The chairman must be oblivious to the running of the club. If the roster was so bad, why would Anthony Seibold take the job?”
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.