2004 Sydney Roosters season

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The 2004 Sydney Roosters season was the 97th in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2004 Telstra Premiership and finished the regular season 1st, taking out the minor premiership before going on to reach the grand final which they lost to the Bulldogs.

Results[edit]

Round Opponent Result Syd. Opp. Date Venue Crowd
1 South Sydney Rabbitohs Win 26 16 14 Mar Aussie Stadium 16,516
2 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Win 42 20 20 Mar Brookvale Oval 18,674
3 Canterbury Bulldogs Win 35 0 26 Mar Aussie Stadium 26,465
4 Penrith Panthers Loss 6 22 2 Apr Telstra Stadium 25,852
5 Brisbane Broncos Loss 14 26 9 Apr Aussie Stadium 23,118
6 Newcastle Knights Win 32 22 18 Apr EnergyAustralia Stadium 22,126
7 St George-Illawarra Dragons Win 11 8 25 Apr Aussie Stadium 26,246
8 Canberra Raiders Win 28 8 2 May Aussie Stadium 11,067
9 Wests Tigers Win 22 0 8 May Aussie Stadium 11,789
10 Cronulla Sharks Win 38 18 15 May Toyota Park 14,321
11 BYE
12 New Zealand Warriors Win 58 6 30 May Aussie Stadium 10,078
13 Canterbury Bulldogs Loss 12 40 4 Jun Telstra Stadium 22,572
14 BYE
15 Newcastle Knights Win 48 4 18 Jun Aussie Stadium 11,678
16 Wests Tigers Win 56 0 25 Jul Campbelltown Stadium 18,669
17 North Queensland Cowboys Win 32 22 3 Jul Aussie Stadium 16,127
18 Parramatta Eels Loss 12 26 14 Jul Parramatta Stadium 10,118
19 St. George Illawarra Dragons Win 18 14 16 Jul Aussie Stadium 27,183
20 South Sydney Rabbitohs Win 22 12 24 Jul Aussie Stadium 13,564
21 Melbourne Storm Win 26 10 1 Aug Olympic Park 10,291
22 Cronulla Sharks Loss 12 26 8 Aug Aussie Stadium 13,742
23 Penrith Panthers Win 44 12 13 August Aussie Stadium 27,183
24 Canberra Raiders Win 38 22 22 Jul Canberra Stadium 15,312
25 New Zealand Warriors Win 24 18 29 Aug Ericsson Stadium 8,019
26 Parramatta Eels Win 48 10 5 September Aussie Stadium 24,114
Qualifying Final Canberra Raiders Win 38 12 12 September Aussie Stadium 18,325
Preliminary Final North Queensland Cowboys Win 19 16 26 Aug Telstra Stadium
Grand Final Canterbury Bulldogs Loss 13 16 3 October Telstra Stadium 82,127

Notable events[edit]

  • Due to a favourable draw, the Sydney Roosters did not play a premiership match in Queensland, although they did play a pre-season match there.
  • The Sydney Roosters finished at the top of the table joint with the Bulldogs, but won the minor premiership on percentage.
  • The Roosters beat the Wests Tigers twice in 2004 by scorelines of 22-0 and 56-0 in Rounds 9 and 16 respectively. It was the first time in almost 40 years that a single team had held their opponent scoreless over two matches.[1]
  • An unsavuory incident occurred in Round 3 when a bottle was thrown onto the field as Brett Finch knocked on from the restart in their match against the Bulldogs. He allegedly threw it back to the crowd, and received a warning from the NRL for his actions.
  • Justin Hodges was sent off in the team's Round 13 loss to the Bulldogs, costing him his place in that year's Queensland State of Origin side.
  • The Roosters trailed 14-0 at halftime in their Round 19 match against the Dragons before coming back to win 18-14.
  • Two of the Roosters' losses came against teams that failed to make the finals that year (Parramatta in Round 18 and Cronulla in Round 22). The other three losses were against teams that finished in the top four (Panthers in Round 4, Broncos in Round 5 and Bulldogs in Round 13).
  • In June 2004 the Roosters were subject to salary cap troubles which resulted in wooden spoon betting being suspended after a bet of $50 was placed on the Roosters to finish last that season. However, the Roosters were cleared of any salary cap wrongdoing.[2][3]

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