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On this day: The Broncos mark their debut match with a crushing win over the defending premiers and a world record crowd gathers for a double-header at Sydney's Olympic stadium.


The Brisbane Broncos first match in the NSWRL competition is a resounding 44-10 win over defending premiers Manly. Wally Lewis scores two tries and Terry Matterson adds eight goal to the two tries he scored as the new glamour club hit the ground running.


A then world-record crowd of 104,583 turned out for a round one doubleheader at Sydney's Olympic Stadium. Parramatta beat St George Illawarra 20-10 before Newcastle scored a 41-18 victory over Manly. That record was beaten when 107,999 attended the 1999 grand final.


Canberra flyer Brett Mullins completes a unique family double when he scores the 100th try of his career – joining his father Bill in the 100-try club. They become the first father-son combo to achieve the feat. 

Raiders star Brett Mullins.
Raiders star Brett Mullins. ©NRL Photos


Manly's season gets off to a terrible start with a 42-12 loss to Parramatta followed by Daly Cherry-Evans telling teammates he had agreed to join the Gold Coast Titans from 2016 onwards. DCE would eventually back out of the deal and sign a long-term deal with the Sea Eagles.


Newcastle twins Jacob and Daniel Saifiti become the first twins to debut together in premiership history in a clash with the Titans. Daniel scores a try in the 30-12 loss.   

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