On this day, Paul Langmack becomes just the third man to play 300 first-grade games, Gorden Tallis announces his retirement and the Panthers break a long drought.
Wests score one of their most courageous victories with a 12-8 win over Illawarra in diabolical weather conditions at Campbelltown Sports Ground. The Magpies are forced to await their semi-final fate, but their courage is rewarded with a top-eight position after Newcastle are knocked out of contention with a dismal 22-0 capitulation to Cronulla.
Paul Langmack becomes only the third player to play 300 first-grade games on the day his Wests team are thrashed 39-18 by South Queensland in the Crushers’ final premiership match. Langmack would go on to play 313 games in a decorated 17-year career. He won premierships with Canterbury in 1984, '85 and '88.
Bulldogs hooker Craig Polla-Mounter suffers a fractured sternum in his team’s 24-22 win over St George Illawarra in a round 26 match. Having already announced his intention to retire at the end of the season, Polla-Mounter misses out on the opportunity of a grand farewell.
Brisbane captain Gorden Tallis confirms he will retire at the end of the season.
Penrith achieve a breakthrough on the eve of the finals by defeating an injury-hit Melbourne Storm 22-16 at AAMI Park. It is the Panthers’ maiden victory at AAMI Park and their first in Melbourne since 2005
Born on this day...
Trent Hodkinson 1988
Bob Cooper 1955.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.