2005 NRL season

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2005 National Rugby League
Teams 15
Premiers Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers (1st title)
Minor premiers Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta (5th title)
Matches played 189
Points scored 8861 (total)
46.884 (per match)
Attendance 3,276,675 (total)
17,337 (per match)
Top point scorer(s) Wests Tigers colours.svg Brett Hodgson (308)
Top try scorer(s) North Queensland colours.svg Matthew Bowen (21)

The 2005 NRL season was the 98th season of professional rugby league football in Australia and the eighth run by the National Rugby League. The lineup of clubs remained unchanged from the previous year, with fifteen teams contesting the 2005 Telstra Premiership, which culminated in a grand final between the Wests Tigers and the North Queensland Cowboys.

Season summary[edit]

In 2005 the NRL's salary cap was $3.25 million for the 25 highest-paid players in a club.[1]

The season was statistically the closest season ever, with just sixteen points separating the Parramatta Eels (1st) and Newcastle Knights (15th). It was also notable in that the previous four premiers failed to qualify for the finals (Bulldogs, Penrith Panthers, Sydney Roosters and Newcastle Knights).

In the middle of 2005 the NRL reached a broadcasting rights agreement with Foxsports and Channel 9 worth $500 million over six years, representing a 65% increase in direct television income.[2]

The Knights recorded their worst ever start to a season (13 straight losses) and were consigned to last place for the entire season. They did however win 8 of their last 11 games thanks to the return of superstar Andrew Johns. The Knights also defeated five of the top eight teams during the season, four of which were at home. They also recorded their then equal worst ever defeat - a 50-0 thrashing by the Parramatta Eels in round 14. During this match, an EnergyAustralia Stadium attendant ran onto the field, trying to tackle Parramatta's Daniel Wagon before he scored in the 78th minute. It should also be noted that minor premiers the Parramatta Eels lost to each of the bottom four teams (Bulldogs, Rabbitohs, Raiders and Knights in rounds 8, 2, 19 and 20 respectively) during the course of the season.

It was announced that the Gold Coast Titans were to be admitted into the NRL as the sixteenth team, scheduled to begin playing in the 2007 season. The Titans would recruit John Cartwright as their inaugural coach and Preston Campbell was their first signing.

Johnathan Thurston won the 2005 Dally M Medal by a single point from Newcastle's Andrew Johns, despite Johns missing over a third of the season with a broken jaw.

The two clubs that had players sent off won their matches (unlike in 2004) but the dismissal of John Hopoate made rugby league headlines. Hopoate was sent off in his team's win over the Cronulla Sharks and consequently received a 17-match ban. The Sea Eagles then terminated his contract.

The Wests Tigers became the first ever joint venture club to win the premiership, having formed in 2000 as a union between the Balmain Tigers and Western Suburbs Magpies, both foundation members of the original New South Wales Rugby Football League.

Teams[edit]

Brisbane Broncos
18th season
Ground: Suncorp Stadium
Coach: Wayne Bennett
Captain: Darren Lockyer
Bulldogs RLFC
Canterbury Bulldogs home jersey 1997.svg
71st season
Ground: Sydney Showground & Telstra Stadium
Coach: Steve Folkes
Captain: Andrew Ryan
Canberra Raiders
24th season
Ground: Canberra Stadium
Coach: Matthew Elliott
Captain: Simon Woolford
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
39th season
Ground: Toyota Stadium
Coach: Stuart Raper
Captain: Brett Kimmorley
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
56th season
Ground: Brookvale Oval
Coach: Des Hasler
Captain: Michael Monaghan
Melbourne Storm
8th season
Ground Olympic Park Stadium
Coach: Craig Bellamy
Captain: Robbie Kearns
Newcastle Knights
Newcastle Knights home jersey 2005.svg
18th season
Ground: EnergyAustralia Stadium
Coach: Michael Hagan
Captain: Andrew Johns
New Zealand Warriors
New Zealand home jersey 2003.svg
11th season
Ground: Ericsson Stadium
Coach: Tony Kemp
Captain: Steve Price
North Queensland Cowboys
11th season
Ground: Dairy Farmers Stadium
Coach: Graham Murray
Captain: Travis Norton
Parramatta Eels
59th season
Ground: Parramatta Stadium
Coach: Brian Smith
Captain: Nathan Cayless
Penrith Panthers
Penrith Panthers home jersey 2004.svg
39th season
Ground: CUA Stadium
Coach: John Lang
Captain: Craig Gower
South Sydney Rabbitohs
96th season
Ground: Aussie Stadium
Coach: Shaun McRae
Captain: Bryan FletcherPeter Cusack
Sydney Roosters
98th season
Ground: Aussie Stadium
Coach: Ricky Stuart
Captain: Luke Ricketson
St. George Illawarra Dragons
St. George Illawarra Dragons home jersey 1999.svg
7th season
Ground: OKI Jubilee Stadium & WIN Stadium
Coach: Nathan Brown
Captain: Trent Barrett
Wests Tigers
6th season
Ground: Campbelltown Stadium & Leichhardt Oval
Coach: Tim Sheens
Captain: Mark O'NeillScott Prince

Advertising[edit]

In 2005 the NRL and their advertising agency MJW Hakuhodo for the third year running stayed with the Hoodoo Gurus' "That's My Team" soundtrack[3] and developed three different musical executions.

The campaign focussed on the association of "strength" with the game and the ads featured three different musical interpretations of the song all without vocals. Each was created intending to bring out the positionings of rugby league characteristice of ‘strength of body’, ‘strength of mind’ and ‘strength of character’

Outdoor supersites also featured in suburban locations in NSW and local cinema versions of the TVC ran with a call to action inviting fans to attend a game of the team local to the cinema location.[4]

Ladder[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2005 NRL season results.
Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 16 0 8 2 704 456 +248 36
2 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 24 16 0 8 2 655 510 +145 36
3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 15 0 9 2 597 484 +113 34
4 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 14 0 10 2 676 575 +101 32
5 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 14 0 10 2 639 563 +76 32
6 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 13 0 11 2 640 462 +178 30
7 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 12 0 12 2 550 564 -14 28
8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 24 12 0 12 2 554 632 -78 28
9 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 11 0 13 2 488 487 +1 26
10 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 11 0 13 2 554 554 =0 26
11 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 10 0 14 2 515 528 -13 24
12 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 9 1 14 2 472 670 -198 23
13 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 9 1 14 2 482 700 -218 23
14 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 9 0 15 2 465 606 -141 22
15 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 8 0 16 2 467 667 -200 20

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
  • Underlined numbers indicate that the team had a bye during 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 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 2 2 4 4 4 6 8 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 22 24 26 26 26 28 30 32 32 34 36
2 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 6 8 10 12 12 14 16 18 18 20 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36
3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 2 2 4 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 26 28 30 32 32 34 34 34 34 34 34
4 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 0 2 4 6 8 8 8 8 8 10 12 12 12 14 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 32 34
5 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 0 2 4 6 6 8 10 12 12 12 14 16 18 18 20 20 22 22 22 24 26 26 26 28 30 32
6 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 2 4 4 6 6 6 8 8 10 12 12 14 16 16 16 18 20 22 22 24 24 24 26 28 30 30
7 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 2 2 4 6 8 10 10 12 14 16 18 18 18 18 20 22 22 22 24 24 24 26 26 28 28 28
8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 2 4 6 8 8 10 12 12 14 16 16 18 20 20 22 22 22 22 22 24 24 26 26 26 26 28
9 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 2 4 4 4 4 6 6 6 8 10 12 14 14 16 16 18 20 20 20 20 20 20 22 22 24 26
10 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 0 0 2 2 4 6 6 8 8 8 8 8 8 10 12 12 12 14 14 14 16 18 20 22 24 26
11 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 0 2 2 4 4 6 8 8 8 8 10 12 12 14 14 16 16 16 18 20 20 20 20 20 22 24
12 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 2 2 2 2 4 4 6 8 8 8 10 10 11 13 15 17 17 19 21 23 23 23 23 23 23 23
13 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 0 2 2 2 4 4 4 6 6 6 6 6 7 9 9 9 9 11 13 13 15 17 19 21 21 23
14 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 2 4 6 8 10 10 10 12 14 14 14 14 16 16 16 18 20 20 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22
15 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 20


Finals series[edit]

To decide the grand finalists from the top eight finishing teams, the NRL adopts the McIntyre Final Eight System.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
Qualifying Finals
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 50 – 6 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 9 September 2005 Telstra Stadium Paul Simpkins 26,463
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 18 – 24 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 10 September 2005 Suncorp Stadium Steve Clark 25,193
St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 28 – 22 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 10 September 2005 WIN Stadium Tony Archer 19,608
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 46 – 22 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 11 September 2005 Parramatta Stadium Tim Mander 19,710
Semi Finals
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 16 – 24 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 17 September 2005 Aussie Stadium Paul Simpkins 16,810
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 34 – 6 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 18 September 2005 Aussie Stadium Tim Mander 36,563
Preliminary Finals
St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 12 – 20 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 September 2005 Aussie Stadium Tim Mander 41,260
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 0 – 29 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 25 September 2005 Telstra Stadium Steve Clark 44,327

Grand final[edit]

Main article: 2005 NRL Grand Final
Sunday, 2 October
19:00 AEST
Wests Tigers Wests Tigers colours.svg 30 - 16 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Tries:
Bryce Gibbs
Pat Richards
Anthony Laffranchi
Daniel Fitzhenry
Todd Payten
Goals:
Brett Hodgson (5/6)
Report Tries:
Matt Bowen
Travis Norton
Matt Sing


Goals:
Josh Hannay (2/3)
Telstra Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 82,453[5]
Referee/s: Tim Mander
Man of the Match: Scott Prince

Statistics and records[edit]

  • The Broncos' Darren Smith was the NRL's oldest player in 2005 at 36 years and 284 days.[6]
  • The Brisbane Broncos set a new club record for highest score conceded (50 points) and greatest losing margin (46 points), when they lost 50-4 against the Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park in Round 4. These records were broken in 2007 and 2009 respectively.
  • The Newcastle Knights lost a club record 13 straight matches from 13 March - 19 June, and went on to win the wooden spoon for the first time.
  • In Rounds 23 and 24, the Canterbury Bulldogs suffered their worst defeats since 1935, when they lost 56-4 against the Parramatta Eels in Round 23, then lost 54-2 against Wests Tigers in Round 24.
  • Wests Tigers' club record for their longest winning streak with 8 wins from round 16 to round 24.
  • Wests Tigers' standing record[when?] for their biggest ever win : 54-2 over the Canterbury Bulldogs in Round 24.

Leading try scorers[edit]

Rank Tries Player Team Matches Try Ave.
1 21 Matt Bowen North Queensland Cowboys 21 0.95
1 20 Billy Slater Melbourne Storm 25 0.80
1 20 Colin Best St George Illawarra Dragons 26 0.77
1 20 Pat Richards Wests Tigers 28 0.71
5 19 Shaun Berrigan Brisbane Broncos 23 0.83
6 18 Ty Williams North Queensland Cowboys 23 0.78
6 18 Paul Whatuira Wests Tigers 24 0.78
7 17 Amos Roberts Sydney Roosters 28 0.61
9 16 Brett Stewart Manly Sea Eagles 24 0.67
9 16 David Simmons Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 25 0.64
9 16 Matt Sing North Queensland Cowboys 25 0.64

Leading point scorers[edit]

Rank Points Player Team Matches Tries Gls Fld Goals Pts Ave.
1 308 Brett Hodgson Wests Tigers 28 15 124 - 11.00
2 214 Luke Burt Parramatta Eels 23 11 85 - 9.30
3 190 Preston Campbell Penrith Panthers 23 11 73 - 8.26
4 186 Luke Covell Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 22 9 75 - 8.45
5 180 Hazem El Masri Bulldogs 18 11 68 - 10.00
6 172 Matt Orford Melbourne Storm 26 11 63 2 6.62
7 152 Josh Hannay North Queensland Cowboys 21 7 62 - 7.24
8 147 Stacey Jones New Zealand Warriors 23 5 63 1 6.39
9 142 Clinton Schifcofske Canberra Raiders 19 6 58 2 7.47
10 140 Michael Witt Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 19 5 60 - 7.37

Sources and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Solomon, David (2007). Pillars of power: Australia's institutions. Federation Press. p. 204. ISBN 978-1-86287-645-3. 
  2. ^ "NRL secures $500m rights deal". ABC News (Australia: Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 2005-07-01. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  3. ^ Pace, Daniel (2005-03-02). "Same theme, different sound for NRL ads". AAP Sports News (Australia: The Gale Group, Inc. ()). Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  4. ^ B&T magazine article 2005
  5. ^ D'Souza, Miguel. "Grand Final History". wwos.ninemsn.com.au. AAP. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Toohey, Barry (2 February 2011). "Still some bite in old Mad Dog". The Daily Telegraph (Australia: News Limited). Retrieved 2 February 2011. 

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