1978 Eastern Suburbs Roosters season

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The 1978 Eastern Suburbs Roosters season was the 71st in the club's history. They competed in the NSWRFL's 1978 Premiership. They also won the 1978 Amco Cup. Their home ground was the Sydney Sports Ground.

Team line-up[edit]

Royce Ayliffe, Artie Beetson (Capt-Coach), Ron Coote, Russell Fairfax, Bob Fulton, Mark Harris, Kevin Hastings, Bill Healey, Grant Hedger, Paul Jelfs, John Mackay, Billy Markou, Gary Metcalfe, Gavin Miller, Michael Mossman, Arthur Mountier, Bill Mullins, Terry Murphy, Bob O'Reilly, Ian Schubert, Kevin Stevens

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 22 16 1 5 426 288 +138 33
2 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 22 15 0 7 418 261 +157 30
3 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 22 15 0 7 427 287 +140 30
4 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 22 14 0 8 525 306 +219 28
5 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 22 13 2 7 307 273 +34 28
6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 22 13 0 9 377 280 +57 26
7 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 22 12 1 9 298 300 -2 25
8 St. George colours.svg St. George 22 10 1 11 367 354 +13 21
9 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 22 9 1 12 337 344 -7 19
10 Penrith colours.svg Penrith 22 4 2 16 206 463 -257 10
11 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 22 4 1 17 325 439 -114 9
12 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 22 2 1 19 199 577 -378 5

Season summary[edit]

  • The Rd.1 was a thrilling affair, With the scores locked at 14 all and less than a minute to go Sydney's Daily Mirror gives this description of the events that followed.

"Bob Fulton took the ball near his own quarterline. He put Bob O'Reilly through a gap with a deft pass and O'Reilly found Ron Coote backing up on the outside. Coote scooted down the touch line and when caught by the cover defence passed inside to Ian Schubert. Schubert gained valuable ground before also being picked up. He tried to get a pass away inside but the ball went loose and Stevens raced through to kick it ahead. Wests' winger Trevor Scarr easily won the race for the ball but failed to ground it cleanly. Stevens dived on it for a try and converted as full time sounded" ....

  • Easts defeated St George in the final of the Mid-Week Cup. Kevin Hastings was named Mid-week cup player of the year.

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