On this day, a team mascot is sent off; Jarryd Hayne displays his star qualities; and an 11th-hour grand final call-up celebrates his birthday.
Moses Mbye turns 26 today. The Wests Tigers captain began his career at Canterbury, where he was a late call-up in the 2014 grand final against South Sydney after regular hooker Michael Ennis failed to overcome an ankle injury. He went on to play 94 games for the Bulldogs before leaving in mid-2018 for Wests Tigers. He made his Origin debut in 2019 playing all three games for Queensland.
'Stanley the Steel Avenger' is sent off by referee Tony Maksoud after the mascot becomes involved in a brawl between the Illawarra Steelers and Wests Tigers players in a home game at Wollongong.
Canberra score a second controversial golden point win over the Wests Tigers in a month. Halfback Todd Carney kicks the match-winning field goal after twice appearing to rush off his line prematurely to charge down field goal attempts by Tigers’ captain Scott Prince.
The North Queensland Cowboys score three tries in eight minutes to sink Penrith 30-26 in a golden point thriller at CUA Stadium in round 22.
Jarryd Hayne lives up to his star status, when he lands a last-ditch field goal to hand the Gold Coast a 19-18 victory over Wests Tigers in a thrilling contest at Campbelltown Stadium in round 23. The victory moved them from 10th to eighth on the NRL ladder and they hung on to make the finals that year.
Wests Tigers rally from a 20-6 halftime deficit to defeat Manly 30-26 at a heaving Leichhardt Oval in their round 23 match. The loss costs the Sea Eagles a place in the top four.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.