1976 Eastern Suburbs Roosters season

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The 1976 Eastern Suburbs season was the 69th in the club's history. They competed in the NSWRFL's 1976 Premiership, finishing the regular season 5th (out of 12) to reach the play-offs. They were then knocked out in their first finals match by Canterbury-Bnakstown. Easts also competed in the 1976 Amco Cup.

This season Eastern Suburbs became the first rugby league team, and one of the first in Australian sport, to sport a sponsor's name on their jersey.[1]

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 22 16 0 6 499 252 +247 32
2 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 22 14 2 6 347 238 +109 30
3 St. George colours.svg St. George 22 14 0 8 328 298 +30 28
4 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 22 13 1 8 399 250 +149 27
5 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 22 12 3 7 361 337 +24 27
6 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 22 12 1 9 318 287 +31 25
7 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 22 11 2 9 379 313 +66 24
8 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 22 9 1 12 378 393 -15 19
9 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 22 8 1 13 352 333 +19 17
10 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 22 8 0 14 297 421 -124 16
11 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 22 6 1 15 272 526 -254 13
12 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 22 3 0 19 264 546 -282 6

World Club Challenge[edit]

Rugby leagues inaugural World Club Challenge was contested between Australia's, Eastern Suburbs Roosters and England's St Helens RLFC, it was played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 29 June 1976.

Eastern Suburbs 25( Fairfax, Stevens, Ayliffe, Schubert, Townshend Tries; Brass 5 Goals) defeated St Helens RFC 2(G.Pimblett Goal) played at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The lineups were: Eastern Suburbs • Coach:Jack GibsonRussell FairfaxIan SchubertMark HarrisJohn BrassBill MullinsTrevor Barnes • Kevin Stevens • Barry ReillyArthur Beetson(c) • Ian MackayRoyce AyliffeElwyn WaltersKel Jones : • Robert LaurieJohn Mayes • Grant Hedger • G.Townsend.

St Helens FC • Geoff Pimblett • L.Jones • E.Cunningham • D.Noonan • R.Mathias • W.Benyon • K. Gwilliam • D.Hull • George Nicholls • E. Chisnall • K.Coslett(c) • A.Karalius • J.Mantle:• P.Glynn, F.Wilson • J. Heaton • M. James.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jacquelin Magnay and Jessica Halloran (19 August 2006). "How to win games and influence people". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  • The Story Of Australian Rugby League, Gary Lester
Preceded by
1975
Season
1976
Succeeded by
1977

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