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Bulldogs stalwart Luke 'General' Patten

On this day, the Bulldogs saluted one of their best in Luke "General" Patten, while two Test greats - 'Alfie' and 'Thumper' - were born.


Dally M player of the year in his 30th birthday year (1996) Allan 'Alfie' Langer turns 53 today. He played 34 times for Queensland and 24 times for Australia, making the line grubber one of his signature moves.

Langer celebrates with Broncos’ fans after the club’s 1998 Grand Final win.
Langer celebrates with Broncos’ fans after the club’s 1998 Grand Final win.


Cowboys, Maroons and Australia prop Matt Scott is born. After making his debut for North Queensland in 2004, the rugged front-rower has now played 265 NRL games. Scott - who will retire at the end of 2019 - was a co-captain when the Cowboys won the 2015 grand final. On the rep scene, Scott has played 22 Origin matches for Queensland and made 27 appearances for Australia. 


Canterbury players celebrate team-mate Luke "The General" Patten’s 100th NRL try with a military-themed salute during their team's 32-12 defeat of South Sydney at ANZ Stadium. After playing 13 games for the Illawarra Steelers in 1998 and 44 for the Dragons (1999-2000), Patten played  225 matches for Canterbury before retiring in 2010. 


After losing three of their four previous games in golden point, the Warriors celebrate an important 20-16 win over Penrith – also in golden point – at Mt Smart Stadium. An 89th minute try to halfback Shaun Johnson lifts the Warriors into the top-eight by the narrowest margin over the Panthers.   

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