On this day in NRL history, Hazem El Masri claimed Andrew Johns' point-scoring crown, former Manly golden boy Jack Elsegood signed with the Roosters and former Titans winger Jordan Atkins' stole the show with a stunning first grade debut.
Banned by a court ruling from playing with Super League, former Manly star Jack Elsegood signs a one‑year deal with the Roosters. Under the terms of the court's decision, Super League has to pay Elsegood $190,000 to play for the Roosters. He played 77 games for the Roosters, crossing for 35 tries before retiring after the 2000 season.
In a sign of things to come, Melbourne score a 14-12 win over the Illawarra Steelers in their NRL debut at WIN Stadium. Five-eighth Scott Hill scores the Storm’s first premiership try. By the end of the following season, Melbourne had shocked the rugby league world by upstaging joint venture pioneers St George Illawarra in a controversial come-from-behind grand final win.
Gold Coast winger Jordan Atkins becomes the first player in 66 years to score four tries on debut in a show-stealing performance that propels the Titans to a 36-18 home win over North Queensland. Atkins played 28 games in three seasons with the Titans before joining the Eels. After 12 games with Parramatta, he returned to Gold Coast for two games in 2013 before spending a season with the London Broncos and retiring in 2014.
Bulldogs fan favourite Hazem El Masri breaks Andrew Johns’ premiership point-scoring record with a perfect goal-kicking display in treacherous conditions. 'El Magic' lands seven goals from seven attempts as the Bulldogs upset defending premiers Manly 34-12. It marks the first time the previous season's wooden spooners have beaten the defending premiers in a season-opening game.
Fullback Brett Stewart crosses for two tries in Manly’s 24-22 home win over Melbourne, eclipsing former teammate Steve Menzies’ record of 78 tries at Brookvale Oval. Stewart ultimately racks up 233 games with the Sea Eagles, scoring 163 tries before drawing the curtain on his career in 2016 as a one-club player.
Former Wests Tigers coach Michael Potter is named the new national coach of Fiji.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton