2000 NRL season

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2000 National Rugby League
Teams 14
Premiers Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane (4th title)
Minor premiers Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane (3rd title)
Matches played 191
Points scored 8050 (total)
42.147 (per match)
Attendance 2,959,390 (total)
15,494 (per match)
Top point scorer(s) Wests Tigers colours.svg Joel Caine (224)
Top try scorer(s) St. George colours.svg Nathan Blacklock (25)

The 2000 NRL season was the 93rd season of professional rugby league football in Australia and the third to be run by the National Rugby League. Fourteen teams competed from February till August for the NRL Premiership, culminating in the 2000 NRL Grand final between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters.

Season summary[edit]

The 2000 National Rugby League season started with a new CEO in rugby union's David Moffett who replaced Neil Whittaker in late 1999.[1]

The season began in early February to accommodate the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games which were to be held during September and required the use of Stadium Australia, the grand final venue. The grand final was scheduled for late August, the first grand final in that month since 1963. The capacity of Stadium Australia for the grand final was limited due to preparations for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games, which would take place just nineteen days later.

Throughout the month of February, mandatory breaks in play at the 20th and 60th minute of the game were implemented to allow players to rehydrate themselves. Due to concerns over the summer heat, the Brisbane and North Queensland clubs played their first four games away from home.

The Cowboys were stripped of two competition points after it was later revealed that they unwittingly used a fourteenth player for three minutes in their 26-18 win against the Parramatta Eels, due to an error in interchanging players.

Melbourne Storm players Stephen Kearney and Marcus Bai ended the career of Wests Tigers captain Jarrod McCracken with a spear tackle. Kearney was suspended for 8 matches and Bai for 2 matches. The two men were also sued by McCraken, who won a six-figure damages bill.

The Canberra Raiders and the Wests Tigers became the first teams to play a premiership game in the snow. It occurred at Bruce Stadium on the 18th May and it is the only premiership game played in these conditions.

Teams[edit]

The season saw the debut of the Wests Tigers (formed by the merging of the Balmain Tigers and Western Suburbs Magpies) and Northern Eagles (formed by the merging of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and North Sydney Bears) in the National Rugby League. In addition, the South Sydney Rabbitohs were excluded from the competition, thereby completing the NRL's rationalisation process from 20 teams in 1998 to 14 in 2000.

For the 2000 season, the Canterbury Bulldogs changed their name once again, this time to the geographically indistinct "Bulldogs" and the Auckland Warriors were re-branded the New Zealand Warriors at the end of the season.

Auckland Warriors
New Zealand home jersey 1997.svg
6th season
Ground: Ericsson Stadium
Coach: Mark Graham
Captain: John Simon
Brisbane Broncos
13th season
Ground: ANZ Stadium
Coach: Wayne Bennett
Captain: Kevin Walters
Bulldogs
Canterbury Bulldogs home jersey 1997.svg
66th season
Ground: Stadium Australia
Coach: Steve Folkes
Captain: Darren Britt
Canberra Raiders
19th season
Ground: Bruce Stadium
Coach: Mal Meninga
Captain: Laurie Daley
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
34th season
Ground: Shark Park
Coach: John Lang
Captain: Andrew Ettinghausen
Melbourne Storm
3rd season
Ground: Olympic Park Stadium & Melbourne Cricket Ground
Coach: Chris Anderson
Captain: Robbie Kearns
Newcastle Knights
Newcastle Knights home jersey 1997.svg
13th season
Ground: Marathon Stadium
Coach: Warren Ryan
Captain: Tony Butterfield
North Queensland Cowboys
6th season

Ground: Dairy Farmers Stadium
Coach: Tim Sheens
Captain: Noel Goldthorpe / Tim Brasher
Northern Eagles
Northern Eagles home jersey 2000.svg
1st season
Ground: Brookvale Oval & NorthPower Stadium
Coach: Peter Sharp
Captain: Geoff Toovey
Parramatta Eels
54th season
Ground: Parramatta Stadium
Coach: Brian Smith
Captain: Nathan Cayless
Penrith Panthers
34th season
Ground: Penrith Stadium
Coach: Royce Simmons
Captain: Steve Carter
Sydney Roosters
93rd season
Ground: Sydney Football Stadium
Coach: Graham Murray
Captain: Brad Fittler
St. George Illawarra Dragons
St. George Illawarra Dragons home jersey 1999.svg
2nd season
Ground: WIN Stadium & Sydney Football Stadium
Coach: David Waite & Andrew Farrar
Captain: Craig Smith
Wests Tigers
1st season
Ground: Campbelltown Stadium & Leichhardt Oval
Coach: Wayne Pearce
Captain: Jarrod McCracken

Advertising[edit]

For the first time since farewelling Tina Turner in 1995 the NRL used a major recording star in its promotional campaign and accessed a media budget that saw the launch ad shown regularly throughout the season. Sydney advertising agency VCD in the last of their four-year tenure on the NRL account shot an ad with Tom Jones performing on stage alongside hi-kicking female dancers,[2] the 1993 Salt-N-Pepa hit Whatta Man with lyrics re-worked as "What A Game".

Records and statistics[edit]

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 26 18 2 6 696 388 +308 38
2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 26 16 0 10 601 520 +81 32
3 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 26 15 1 10 686 532 +154 31
4 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 26 15 0 11 506 479 +27 30
5 Penrith colours.svg Penrith 26 15 0 11 573 562 +11 30
6 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 26 14 1 11 672 529 +143 29
7 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 26 14 1 11 476 456 +20 29
8 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 26 13 0 13 570 463 +107 26
9 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra 26 12 0 14 576 656 -80 24
10 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 26 11 2 13 519 642 -123 24
11 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 26 10 1 15 469 553 -84 21
12 Northern Eagles colours.svg Northern Eagles 26 9 0 17 476 628 -152 18
13 Auckland colours.svg Auckland 26 8 2 16 426 662 -236 18
14 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 26 7 0 19 436 612 -176 12
  • North Queensland were stripped of 2 competition points due to a breach of the interchange rule in one game.

Ladder progression[edit]

  • Numbers highlighted in green indicate that the team finished the round inside the top 8.
  • Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the team finished first on the ladder in that round.
  • Numbers highlighted in red indicates the team finished in last place on the ladder in that round
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 1 3 5 7 9 11 13 15 15 16 18 18 20 20 22 22 24 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 38
2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 2 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 10 12 14 16 16 16 18 18 20 22 24 26 26 26 28 30 32
3 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 0 2 4 5 5 7 9 9 9 11 11 13 13 13 15 17 19 21 21 23 23 25 25 27 29 31
4 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 2 4 6 6 8 8 8 10 10 12 12 12 12 14 16 16 18 20 22 24 24 24 26 26 28 30
5 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 8 10 10 10 10 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 22 24 24 26 26 28 30
6 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 0 0 0 0 2 4 6 6 8 9 11 13 15 15 17 18 19 19 19 21 23 25 25 27 27 29
7 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 0 0 2 2 2 4 4 5 7 9 11 11 11 13 15 15 17 19 21 21 21 23 25 27 27 29
8 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 2 4 4 4 6 8 8 10 10 10 12 12 12 14 14 16 16 18 20 22 22 22 24 24 26 26
9 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 0 2 2 2 2 2 4 6 8 10 10 12 12 14 14 14 14 16 18 18 20 22 22 22 24 24
10 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 1 3 3 5 7 9 9 10 12 14 14 14 16 18 18 20 20 20 20 20 22 24 24 24 24 24
11 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 0 0 2 4 6 6 6 6 8 9 11 11 13 15 15 15 17 17 17 17 17 17 19 21 21 21
12 Northern Eagles colours.svg Northern Eagles 2 2 4 6 6 6 8 8 8 8 8 10 12 12 12 12 14 14 14 14 16 18 18 18 18 18
13 Auckland colours.svg Auckland 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 5 5 6 8 10 10 10 12 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 16 16 18
14 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 4 4 4 6 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 10 10 10 12 12 12 12


Finals series[edit]

The biggest upset of the 2000 Finals series was in the 3rd Qualifying Final when 7th placed Parramatta Eels beat 2nd placed Sydney Roosters 32-8 at the SFS. It was nearly a similar story for Minor Premiers' the Brisbane Broncos when they came from 20-6 down at halftime to win 34-20 against 8th placed Cronulla Sharks in the 4th Qualifying Final at QSAC. Sydney also made a famous comeback when they came from 16-2 down at halftime to win 26-20 against the Newcastle Knights in the 1st Preliminary Final at the SFS to earn a spot in the Grand Final against Brisbane.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
Qualifying Finals
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 34–16 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers 4 August 2000 Bruce Stadium Steve Clark 18,479
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 30–16 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 5 August 2000 Marathon Stadium Tim Mander 20,597
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 8–32 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 5 August 2000 Sydney Football Stadium Bill Harrigan 21,377
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 34–20 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks 6 August 2000 ANZ Stadium Paul Simpkins 25,831
Semi Finals
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 28–10 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers 12 August 2000 Sydney Football Stadium Bill Harrigan 25,746
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 10–38 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 13 August 2000 Sydney Football Stadium Tim Mander 16,441
Preliminary Finals
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 20–26 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 19 August 2000 Sydney Football Stadium Bill Harrigan 33,727
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 16–10 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 20 August 2000 Stadium Australia Tim Mander 31,087

Grand final[edit]

Main article: 2000 NRL Grand final
Sunday, 27 August
Brisbane Broncos Brisbane colours.svg 14 -6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
2 Tries:
Wendell Sailor
Lote Tuqiri

3 Goals:
Michael De Vere (3/5)
Report 1 Try:
Craig Fitzgibbon


1 Goal
Luke Phillips (1/1)
Stadium Australia, Sydney
Attendance: 94,277[4]
Referee/s: Bill Harrigan
Man of the Match: Darren Lockyer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hadfield, Dave (30 November 1999). "Moffett insists conversion is no miracle". The Independent (UK: Independent News and Media Limited). Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  2. ^ Mealey, Rachel (2000-01-29). "Tom Jones the new voice of NRL". abc.net.au. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  3. ^ Proszenko, Adrian (6 May 2012). "Gallen set to smash record". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  4. ^ D'Souza, Miguel. "Grand Final History". wwos.ninemsn.com.au. AAP. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 

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