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The 2010 NRL season consisted of 26 weekly regular season rounds, starting on 12 March and ending on 5 September, followed by four weeks of play-offs culminating in the grand final on 3 October.

Regular season[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 30 – 24 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 12 March 2010, 7:35 pm Suncorp Stadium Jared Maxwell
Gerard Sutton
48,516
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 12 – 18 St. George colours.svg St. George-Illawarra Dragons 12 March 2010, 7:35 pm Parramatta Stadium Tony Archer
Gavin Badger
18,293
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 16 – 20 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 13 March 2010, 5:30 pm ANZ Stadium Jason Robinson
Bernard Sutton
18,110
Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 34 – 16 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 13 March 2010, 7:30 pm CUA Stadium Steve Lyons
Alan Shortall
11,133
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 10 – 14 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 13 March 2010, 7:30 pm Toyota Stadium Ben Cummins
Brett Suttor
11,820
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 – 18 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 14 March 2010, 1:00 pm Skilled Park Matt Cecchin
Chris James
16,112
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 10 – 36 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 14 March 2010, 3:00 pm ANZ Stadium Tony De Las Heras
Ashley Klein
23,149
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 26 – 22 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 15 March 2010, 7:00 pm Sydney Football Stadium Gavin Badger
Jared Maxwell
18,421
  • For the first time since 2006, the Penrith Panthers opened their season with a victory.

Round 2[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
St. George colours.svg St. George-Illawarra Dragons 26 – 6 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 19 March 2010, 7:35 pm WIN Stadium Tony Archer
Matt Cecchin
16,177
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 18 – 19 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 19 March 2010, 8:35 pm ANZ Stadium Tony De Las Heras
Ashley Klein
10,943
New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 30 – 16 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20 March 2010, 7:30 pm Mt Smart Stadium Jason Robinson
Bernard Sutton
15,314
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 14 – 20 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 20 March 2010, 7:30 pm EnergyAustralia Stadium Steve Lyons
Alan Shortall
16,242
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 28 – 20 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 20 March 2010, 8:30 pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Ben Cummins
Chris James
13,335
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 – 20 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 21 March 2010, 2:00 pm Parramatta Stadium Shayne Hayne
Brett Suttor
15,602
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 44 – 32 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 21 March 2010, 3:00 pm Sydney Football Stadium Jarred Maxwell
Gerard Sutton
19,021
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 22 – 14 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 22 March 2010, 7:00 pm Canberra Stadium Gavin Badger
Phil Haines
14,200

Round 3[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 23 – 12 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 26 March 2010, 7:35 pm Sydney Football Stadium Tony Archer
Matt Cecchin
21,318
St. George colours.svg St. George-Illawarra Dragons 33 – 8 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 26 March 2010, 8:35 pm WIN Stadium Jared Maxwell
Gerard Sutton
13,267
Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 10 – 16 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 27 March 2010, 5:30 pm CUA Stadium Gavin Badger
Phil Haines
11,024
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 36 – 12 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 27 March 2010, 7:30 pm Bluetongue Stadium Tony De Las Heras
Ashley Klein
12,138
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 – 4 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 27 March 2010, 7:30 pm Skilled Park Ben Cummins
Chris James
11,521
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 16 – 48 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 28 March 2010, 1:00 pm Suncorp Stadium Steve Lyons
Alan Shortall
32,338
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 60 – 14 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 28 March 2010, 3:00 pm ANZ Stadium Jason Robinson
Bernard Sutton
19,738
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 8 – 30 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 29 March 2010, 7:30 pm Toyota Stadium Shayne Hayne
Brett Suttor
10,741
  • The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks lost their 13th straight match, squalling the competition record for a losing streak since the NRL's inception in 1998.
  • The St George Illawarra Dragons' victory meant for the first time they won the first three matches of the season.
  • The Brisbane Broncos conceded the highest number of points ever in a home game.
  • The Roosters' 60–14 defeat was the highest amount of points conceded for the team since the NRL inception in 1998.
  • Fuifui Moimoi of the Parramatta Eels played his 100th career club game.

Round 4[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 17 – 4 St. George colours.svg St. George-Illawarra Dragons 2 April 2010, 2:10pm Etihad Stadium Jared Maxwell
Gerard Sutton
25,480
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 25 – 6 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 2 April 2010, 8:35pm Sydney Football Stadium Tony Archer
Matt Cecchin
17,106
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 11 – 0 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 3 April 2010, 5:30pm Toyota Stadium Tony De Las Heras
Ashley Klein
13,213
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 32 – 18 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 3 April 2010, 6:30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Steve Lyons
Alan Shortall
15,551
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 22 – 35 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 4 April 2010, 3:00pm Canberra Stadium Shayne Hayne
Brett Suttor
17,112
New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 6 – 14 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 4 April 2010, 4:00pm Mt Smart Stadium Ben Cummins
Chris James
19,230
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 30 – 34 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 5 April 2010, 4:00pm EnergyAustralia Stadium Jason Robinson
Bernard Sutton
15,894
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 38 – 16 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 5 April 2010, 7:00pm ANZ Stadium Gavin Badger
Phil Haines
30,120

Round 5[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
St. George colours.svg St. George-Illawarra Dragons 34 – 16 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 9 April 2010, 7:35 pm WIN Stadium Matt Cecchin
Ashley Klein
15,374
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 20 – 16 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 9 April 2010, 7:35 pm Skilled Park Ben Cummins
Jared Maxwell
20,083
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 28 – 10 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 10 April 2010, 5:30 pm Bluetongue Stadium Phil Haines
Steve Lyons
16,098
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 – 30 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 10 April 2010, 7:30 pm ANZ Stadium Tony De Las Heras
Jason Robinson
17,095
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 16 – 23 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 10 April 2010, 7:30 pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Gavin Badger
Brett Suttor
16,273
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 40 – 12 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 11 April 2010, 2:00 pm Brookvale Oval Tony Archer
Alan Shortall
16,055
Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 28 – 6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 11 April 2010, 3:00 pm CUA Stadium Jared Maxwell
Bernard Sutton
14,023
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 14 – 24 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 12 April 2010, 7:00 pm Parramatta Stadium Ben Cummins
Gerard Sutton
15,122

Round 6[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 6 – 19 St. George colours.svg St. George-Illawarra Dragons 16 April 2010, 7:35 pm Skilled Park Tony Archer
Jason Robinson
21,336
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 4 – 24 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 16 April 2010, 7:35 pm Sydney Football Stadium Jared Maxwell
Bernard Sutton
19,491
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 36 – 18 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 17 April 2010, 5:30pm EnergyAustralia Stadium Chris James
Ashley Klein
14,205
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 36 – 6 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 17 April 2010, 7:30pm Sydney Football Stadium Matt Cecchin
Steve Lyons
9,308
New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 12 – 40 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 18 April 2010, 2:00pm Mt Smart Stadium Gavin Badger
Brett Suttor
14,620
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 44 – 16 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 18 April 2010, 2:00pm Suncorp Stadium Tony De Las Heras
Jason Robinson
25,688
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 22 – 8 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 18 April 2010, 3:00pm ANZ Stadium Ben Cummins
Gerard Sutton
25,152
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 16 – 18 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 19 April 2010, 7:00pm Etihad Stadium Tony Archer
Alan Shortall
14,171

Round 7[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 36 – 18 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 23 April 2010, 7:35pm ANZ Stadium Gavin Badger
Jared Maxwell
17,014
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 18 – 24 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 23 April 2010, 7:35pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Tony De Las Heras
Jason Robinson
11,335
Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 26 – 18 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 April 2010, 5:30pm CUA Stadium Shayne Hayne
Chris James
19,220
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 26 – 6 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 April 2010, 7:30pm Toyota Stadium Phil Haines
Ashley Klein
10,662
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 – 26 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 25 April 2010, 2:00pm Canberra Stadium Matt Cecchin
Steve Lyons
13,145
St. George colours.svg St. George-Illawarra Dragons 28 – 6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 25 April 2010, 4:00pm Sydney Football Stadium Tony Archer
Alan Shortall
36,212
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 40 – 6 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 25 April 2010, 6:00pm Etihad Stadium Gavin Badger
Brett Suttor
23,906
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 22 – 24 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 26 April 2010, 7:00pm Brookvale Oval Jared Maxwell
Bernard Sutton
15,195

Round 8[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 26 – 10 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 30 April 2010, 7:35pm ANZ Stadium Tony Archer
Shayne Hayne
31,911
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 22 – 30 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 30 April 2010, 7:35pm Suncorp Stadium Matt Cecchin
Steve Lyons
25,178
New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 16 – 23 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 1 May 2010, 5:00pm Mt Smart Stadium Ben Cummins
Adam Devcich
11,499
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 38 – 24 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 1 May 2010, 5:30pm Skilled Park Jared Maxwell
Bernard Sutton
15,430
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 6 – 34 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 1 May 2010, 7:30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Gavin Badger
Bernard Sutton
19,853
St. George colours.svg St. George-Illawarra Dragons 38 – 0 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 1 May 2010, 7:30pm WIN Stadium Tony De Las Heras
Jason Robinson
15,779
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 8 – 12 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 2 May 2010, 2:00pm Campbelltown Stadium Ashley Klein
Matt Cecchin
19,901
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 – 30 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 2 May 2010, 3:00pm ANZ Stadium Tony Archer
Alan Shortall
15,459

Round 9[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 24 – 6 St. George colours.svg St. George-Illawarra Dragons 8 May 2010, 7:30pm Brookvale Oval Gavin Badger
Shayne Hayne
16,745
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 36 – 38 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 9 May 2010, 2:00pm EnergyAustralia Stadium Ben Cummins
Alan Shortall
13,384
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 14 – 36 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 9 May 2010, 3:00pm AAMI Park Tony Archer
Steve Lyons
20,032
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 14 – 32 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 10 May 2010, 7:00pm Sydney Football Stadium Ashley Klein
Jason Robinson
6,478
BYE Round for: 8 teams - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Canberra Raiders, Parramatta Eels, Penrith Panthers, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, South Sydney Rabbitohs, New Zealand Warriors & Wests Tigers .

Round 10 - Heritage Round[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Brisbane Broncos 28 – 6 Gold Coast Titans 14 May 2010, 7:35pm Suncorp Stadium Matt Cecchin
Shayne Hayne
40,168
Canterbury home jersey 1935.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 6 – 19 St. George-Illawarra Dragons 14 May 2010, 7:35pm ANZ Stadium Tony Archer
Bernard Sutton
37,773
Canberra Raiders 6 – 17 Melbourne Storm 15 May 2010, 7:30pm Canberra Stadium Ben Cummins
Chris James
12,165
New Zealand home jersey 2003.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 – 12 North Queensland Cowboys heritage jersey 2008.svg North Queensland Cowboys 15 May 2010, 7:30pm Mt Smart Stadium Ashley Klein
Gerard Sutton
10,800
Sydney Roosters 18 – 34 Newcastle Knights away jersey 2010.svg Newcastle Knights 15 May 2010, 7:30pm Bluetongue Stadium Gavin Badger
Adam Devcich
10,018
Balmain home jersey 1908.svg Wests Tigers 10 – 50 South Sydney Rabbitohs 16 May 2010, 2:00pm Sydney Cricket Ground Tony De Las Heras
Steve Lyons
30,685
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14 – 34 Penrith Panthers 16 May 2010, 3:00pm Toyota Stadium Jason Robinson
Brett Suttor
10,352
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 12 – 19 Parramatta Eels 17 May 2010, 7:00pm Brookvale Oval Matt Cecchin
Jared Maxwell
11,023

Round 11[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 6 – 23 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 21 May 2010, 7:35pm EnergyAustralia Stadium Jason Robinson
Alan Shortall
14,458
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 18 – 22 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 22 May 2010, 7:30pm Parramatta Stadium Jared Maxwell
Brett Suttor
13,058
St. George colours.svg St. George-Illawarra Dragons 14 – 22 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 23 May 2010, 3:00pm WIN Stadium Tony De Las Heras
Steve Lyons
14,728
New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 26 – 24 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 23 May 2010, 4:00pm Mt Smart Stadium Gavin Badger
Gerard Sutton
10,485
Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 31 – 16 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 May 2010, 7:00pm CUA Stadium Matt Cecchin
Ben Cummins
11,278
BYE Round for: 6 teams - Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Melbourne Storm, Sydney Roosters & Gold Coast Titans.

Round 12[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
St. George colours.svg St. George-Illawarra Dragons 30 – 0 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 28 May 2010, 7:35pm WIN Jubilee Oval Ben Cummins
Jared Maxwell
15,068
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 50 – 6 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 28 May 2010, 7:35pm Campbelltown Stadium Tony De Las Heras
Steve Lyons
10,061
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4 – 20 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 29 May 2010, 5:30pm Toyota Stadium Gavin Badger
Gerard Sutton
7,826
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 20 – 24 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 29 May 2010, 7:30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Jason Robinson
Alan Shortall
13,538
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 23 – 12 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 30 May 2010, 2:00pm AAMI Park Shayne Hayne
Ashley Klein
12,420
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 42 – 22 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 30 May 2010, 3:00pm ANZ Stadium Tony Archer
Bernard Sutton
11,108
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 16 – 30 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 31 May 2010, 7:00pm Skilled Park Jarred Maxwell
Steve Lyons
13,235
BYE Round for: 2 teams - Canberra Raiders & Newcastle Knights.

Round 13[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 12 – 19 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 4 June 2010, 7:35pm ANZ Stadium Shayne Hayne
Alan Shortall
11,837
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 – 10 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 4 June 2010, 7:35pm Parramatta Stadium Tony Archer
Gerard Sutton
7,572
Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 28 – 10 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 5 June 2010, 5:30pm CUA Stadium Jason Robinson
Brett Suttor
10,969
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 18 – 42 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 5 June 2010, 7:30pm Sydney Football Stadium Ben Cummins
Tony De Las Heras
7,934
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 28 – 24 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 6 June 2010, 2:00pm Canberra Stadium Gavin Badger
Phil Haines
10,425
New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 20 – 22 St. George colours.svg St. George-Illawarra Dragons 6 June 2010, 2:00pm Mt Smart Stadium Ashley Klein
Bernard Sutton
8,312
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 6 – 22 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 6 June 2010, 3:00pm Brookvale Oval Jared Maxwell
Chris James
11,316
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 – 4 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 7 June 2010, 7:00pm ANZ Stadium Matt Cecchin
Steve Lyons
9,688

Round 14[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 28 – 14 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 11 June 2010, 7:35pm Skilled Park Gavin Badger
Ben Cummins
17,508
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 16 – 8 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 12 June 2010, 7:30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Matt Cecchin
Gerard Sutton
12,058
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 – 32 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 13 June 2010, 2:00pm EnergyAustralia Stadium Tony De Las Heras
Steve Lyons
10,535
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 50 – 22 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 13 June 2010, 3:00pm Suncorp Stadium Jared Maxwell
Brett Suttor
30,311
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 6 – 38 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 14 June 2010, 7:00pm AAMI Park Ashley Klein
Bernard Sutton
10,449
BYE Round for: 6 teams - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, St. George-Illawarra Dragons, Parramatta Eels, Penrith Panthers, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks & Wests Tigers.

Round 15[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 12 – 22 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 18 June 2010, 7:00pm Suncorp Stadium (DH) Gavin Badger
Brett Suttor
42,233
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 – 25 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 18 June 2010, 8:45pm Tony De Las Heras
Steve Lyons
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 58 – 12 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 19 June 2010, 5:30pm AAMI Park Ben Cummins
Bernard Sutton
10,661
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 26 – 25 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 19 June 2010, 7:30pm Brookvale Oval Shayne Hanye
Jason Robinson
11,661
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4 – 22 St. George colours.svg St. George-Illawarra Dragons 20 June 2010, 2:00pm Toyota Stadium Tony Archer
Alan Shortall
16,773
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 18 – 8 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 20 June 2010, 3:00pm Leichhardt Oval Ashley Klein
Jared Maxwell
19,428
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 6 – 4 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 21 June 2010, 7:00pm EnergyAustralia Stadium Gavin Badger
Matt Cecchin
8,474
BYE Round for: 2 teams - New Zealand Warriors & Sydney Roosters.

Round 16 - Women in League Round[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 40 – 22 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 25 June 2010, 7:35pm CUA Stadium Tony Archer
Tony De Las Heras
14,978
St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 34 – 10 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 25 June 2010, 7:35pm WIN Jubilee Oval Shayne Hayne
Jason Robinson
16,574
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 6 – 10 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 26 June 2010, 5:30pm Parramatta Stadium Jarred Maxwell
Phil Haines
15,929
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 19 – 20 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 26 June 2010, 7:30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Gavin Badger
Brett Suttor
13,063
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 16 – 14 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 26 June 2010, 7:30pm Perth Oval Ashley Klein
Matt Cecchin
13,164
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 16 – 24 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 27 June 2010, 3:00pm Skilled Park Steve Lyons
Alan Shortall
13,396
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 18 – 20 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 27 June 2010, 4:00pm AMI Stadium Ben Cummins
Gerard Sutton
20,721
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 10 – 18 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 28 June 2010, 7:00pm Canberra Stadium Shayne Hayne
Chris James
11,194

Round 17[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 14 – 16 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 2 July 2010, 7:35pm Suncorp Stadium Matt Cecchin
Ben Cummins
30,127
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12 – 24 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 3 July 2010, 7:30pm Bluetongue Stadium Jason Robinson
Alan Shortall
9,826
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 12 – 22 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 4 July 2010, 2:00pm Canberra Stadium Tony De Las Heras
Steve Lyons
10,767
New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 35 – 6 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 4 July 2010, 4:00pm Mt Smart Stadium Gavin Badger
Ashley Klein
9,912
St. George colours.svg St. George-Illawarra Dragons 8 – 12 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 5 July 2010, 7:00pm WIN Jubilee Oval Jared Maxwell
Brett Suttor
12,974
BYE Round for: 6 teams - Gold Coast Titans, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Melbourne Storm, Newcastle Knights, North Queensland Cowboys, South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Round 18[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 18 – 14 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 9 July 2010, 7:35pm Sydney Football Stadium Jason Robinson
Alan Shortall
18,424
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 15 – 14 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 9 July 2010, 7:35pm Campbelltown Stadium Gavin Badger
Ashley Klein
14,050
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 22 – 24 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 10 July 2010, 5:30pm Brookvale Oval Ben Cummins
Brett Suttor
10,027
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 20 – 18 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 10 July 2010, 7:30pm Adelaide Oval Matt Cecchin
Tony De Las Heras
10,350
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 21 – 10 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 11 July 2010, 2:00pm EnergyAustralia Stadium Tony Archer
Gerard Sutton
12,909
Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 6 – 12 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 11 July 2010, 3:00pm CUA Stadium Shayne Hayne
Chris James
9,983
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 36 – 24 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 12 July 2010, 7:00pm Parramatta Stadium Ashley Klein
Jared Maxwell
11,177
BYE Round for: 2 teams - Brisbane Broncos & St George Illawarra Dragons.

Round 19 - Rivalry Round[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 10 – 24 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 16 July 2010, 7:35pm Skilled Park Jason Robinson
Matt Cecchin
26,197
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 13 – 16 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 16 July 2010, 7:35pm ANZ Stadium Shayne Hayne
Chris James
22,238
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 18 – 48 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 17 July 2010, 7:30pm Toyota Stadium Jared Maxwell
Aland Shortall
8,863
New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 13 – 6 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 17 July 2010, 7:30pm Mt Smart Stadium Steve Lyons
Gerard Sutton
13,118
Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 28 – 34 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 17 July 2010, 7:30pm CUA Stadium Ben Cummins
Brett Suttor
22,582
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 52 – 18 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 18 July 2010, 2:00pm Canberra Stadium Jason Robinson
Ashley Klein
9,459
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 36 – 32 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18 July 2010, 3:00pm Sydney Football Stadium Gavin Badger
Tony De Las Heras
19,121
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 26 – 16 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 19 July 2010, 7:00pm Leichhardt Oval Shayne Hayne
Matt Cecchin
11,364

Round 20[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 16 – 32 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 23 July 2010, 7:35pm ANZ Stadium Tony Archer
Gavin Badger
34,662
St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 10 – 11 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 23 July 2010, 7:35pm WIN Jubilee Oval Ben Cummins
Tony De Las Heras
12,668
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 20 – 13 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 July 2010, 5:30pm Canberra Stadium Matt Cecchin
Ashley Klein
9,280
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 18 – 10 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 July 2010, 7:30pm AAMI Park Jason Robinson
Brett Suttor
11,212
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 28 – 24 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 July 2010, 7:30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Chris James
Steve Lyons
12,146
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 38 – 28 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 25 July 2010, 2:00pm ANZ Stadium Gavin Badger
Tony De Las Heras
13,895
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 38 – 20 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 25 July 2010, 3:00pm Bluetongue Stadium Shayne Hayne
Gerard Sutton
20,059
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 30 – 34 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 26 July 2010, 7:00pm Suncorp Stadium Tony Archer
Alan Shortall
26,486

Round 21[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 32 – 12 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 30 July 2010, 7:35pm ANZ Stadium Matt Cecchin
Jared Maxwell
15,312
Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 – 16 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 30 July 2010, 7:35pm CUA Stadium Tony De Las Heras
Steve Lyons
7,080
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 12 – 48 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 31 July 2010, 5:30pm Parramatta Stadium Shayne Hayne
Gerard Sutton
19,824
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 – 22 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 31 July 2010, 7:30pm Leichhardt Oval Jason Robinson
Brett Suttor
14,942
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 36 – 12 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 1 August 2010, 2:00pm AAMI Park Ben Cummins
Phil Haines
9,112
New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 20 – 28 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 1 August 2010, 2:00pm Mt Smart Stadium Tony Archer
Alan Shortall
12,017
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 10 – 6 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 1 August 2010, 3:00pm Suncorp Stadium Gavin Badger
Ashley Klein
42,269
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 32 – 14 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 2 August 2010, 7:00pm EnergyAustralia Stadium Matt Cecchin
Jared Maxwell
14,267

Round 22[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 34 – 12 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 6 August 2010, 7:35pm Skilled Park Gavin Badger
Tony De Las Heras
19,568
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 26 – 34 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 6 August 2010, 7:35pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Ben Cummins
Gerard Sutton
20,148
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 26 – 6 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 7 August 2010, 5:30pm Brookvale Oval Matt Cecchin
Brett Suttor
12,550
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 10 – 37 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 7 August 2010, 7:30pm Toyota Stadium Chris James
Steve Lyons
7,510
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 34 – 30 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 7 August 2010, 7:30pm ANZ Stadium Jared Maxwell
Jason Robinson
23,298
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 30 – 6 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 8 August 2010, 2:00pm EnergyAustralia Stadium Gavin Badger
Ashley Kevin
17,316
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 12 – 19 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 8 August 2010, 3:00pm Sydney Cricket Ground Tony Archer
Alan Shortall
37,994
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 30 – 26 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 9 August 2010, 7:00pm Canberra Stadium Ben Cummins
Phil Haines
8,850
  • Brad Tighe of the Penrith Panthers played his 100th game.

Round 23[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 14 – 30 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 13 August 2010, 7:35pm Suncorp Stadium Tony Archer
Alan Shortall
38,193
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 18 – 12 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 13 August 2010, 7:35pm Toyota Stadium Matt Cecchin
Tony De Las Heras
8,911
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 37 – 18 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 14 August 2010, 5:30pm Skilled Park Jason Robinson
Ashley Klein
14,032
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 14 – 28 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 14 August 2010, 7:30pm ANZ Stadium Jared Maxwell
Brett Suttor
10,116
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 18 – 16 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 15 August 2010, 2:00pm AAMI Park Steve Lyons
Chris James
9,172
New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 22 – 10 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 15 August 2010, 2:00pm Mt Smart Stadium Ben Cummins
Gerard Sutton
12,824
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 43 – 18 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 15 August 2010, 3:00pm Campbelltown Stadium Tony Archer
Gavin Badger
17,208
St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 32 – 10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 16 August 2010, 7:00pm WIN Jubilee Oval Matt Cecchin
Shayne Hayne
14,740

Round 24[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 44 – 18 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 20 August 2010, 7:35pm EnergyAustralia Stadium Gavin Badger
Ben Cummins
16,668
Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 54 – 18 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 20 August 2010, 7:35pm CUA Stadium Tony Archer
Alan Shortall
13,411
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 19 – 16 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 21 August 2010, 5:30pm Brookvale Oval Steve Lyons
Jared Maxwell
13,095
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 – 4 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 21 August 2010, 7:30pm AAMI Park Ashley Klein
Luke Phillips
8,902
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 20 – 22 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 21 August 2010, 7:30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Gavin Reynolds
Jason Robinson
11,742
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 32 – 16 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 22 August 2010, 2:00pm Canberra Stadium Matt Cecchin
Tony De Las Heras
20,445
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 18 – 20 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 22 August 2010, 3:00pm Parramatta Stadium Shayne Hayne
Ben Cummins
19,854
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 14 – 23 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 23 August 2010, 7:00pm Sydney Football Stadium Gavin Badger
Steve Lyons
9,113

Round 25[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 – 16 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 27 August 2010, 7:35pm ANZ Stadium Matt Cecchin
Ben Cummins
19,098
New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 36 – 4 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 27 August 2010, 8:05pm Mt Smart Stadium Tony De Las Heras
Jared Maxwell
21,627
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 30 – 16 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 28 August 2010, 5:30pm Toyota Park Chris James
Jason Robinson
10,116
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 48 – 4 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 28 August 2010, 7:30pm Canberra Stadium Ashley Klein
Brett Suttor
11,434
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 18 – 26 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 28 August 2010, 7:30pm EnergyAustralia Stadium Shayne Hayne
Gerard Sutton
23,148
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 26 – 14 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 29 August 2010, 2:00pm Leichhardt Oval Gavin Badger
Alan Shortall
20,168
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 30 – 14 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 29 August 2010, 3:00pm Sydney Football Stadium Tony Archer
Matt Cecchin
18,962
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18 – 24 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 30 August 2010, 7:00pm ANZ Stadium Tony De Las Heras
Steve Lyons
13,794
  • Adam MacDougall of the Newcastle Knights broke his club's all-time individual tryscoring record, surpassing Timana Tahu with 83 tries.
  • Canberra Raiders' captain Alan Tongue played his 200th first grade game.
  • Petero Civoniceva became the first (and only) player to be sent off this season and the first captain since the NRL's inception in 1998 to be sent off.

Round 26[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 16 – 18 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 3 September 2010, 7:35pm Suncorp Stadium Jared Maxwell
Gerard Sutton
38,872
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 21 – 18 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 3 September 2010, 7:35pm Skilled Park Tony Archer
Gavin Badger
26,103
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 12 – 26 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 4 September 2010, 5:30pm Parramatta Stadium Matt Cecchin
Tony De Las Heras
11,383
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 8 – 18 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 4 September 2010, 7:30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Steve Lyons
Brett Suttor
12,033
Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 50 – 12 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4 September 2010, 7:30pm CUA Stadium Chris James
Jason Robinson
10,997
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 34 – 4 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 5 September 2010, 2:00pm AAMI Park Ashley Klein
Gavin Morris
20,517
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 24 – 30 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 5 September 2010, 3:00pm Brookvale Oval Gavin Badger
Shayne Hayne
15,933
St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 38 – 24
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 5 September 2010, 7:00pm WIN Jubilee Oval Ben Cummins
Alan Shortall
18,274
  • Matthew Bowen of the North Queensland Cowboys played his 200th club game.
  • Matt Cooper of the St George Illawarra Dragons recorded 100 career tries.
  • The Canberra Raiders won its first match at Suncorp Stadium since 2004 and the first in Queensland since 2006.
  • The Brisbane Broncos will miss the finals series for the first time since 1991.
  • Parramatta Legend Nathan Cayless played his final game in the NRL due to his retirement. He holds the record for most games as captain in the NRL.

Finals series[edit]

  Qualifying Finals Semi Finals Preliminary Finals Grand Final
                                     
1  St George Illawarra 28
8  Manly-Warringah 0
  1W  St George Illawarra 13  
2  Penrith Panthers 22   4W  Canberra Raiders 24        Wests Tigers 12    
7  Canberra Raiders 24   2L  Wests Tigers 26            St George Illawarra 32
         Sydney Roosters 8
3  Wests Tigers 15         2W  Gold Coast Titans 6    
6  Sydney Roosters 19   3W  Sydney Roosters 34        Sydney Roosters 32  
  1L  Penrith Panthers 12  
4  Gold Coast Titans 28
5  NZ Warriors 16

Qualifying finals[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 28 – 16 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 10 September 2010, 7:35pm Skilled Park Gavin Badger
Tony Archer
27,026
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 15 – 19 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters (details) 11 September 2010, 6:30pm Sydney Football Stadium Matt Cecchin
Shayne Hayne
33,315
Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 22 – 24 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 11 September 2010, 8:30pm CUA Stadium Ben Cummins
Steve Lyons
16,668
St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 28 – 0 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 12 September 2010, 4:00pm WIN Jubilee Oval Jared Maxwell
Jason Robinson
15,574
Eliminated: New Zealand Warriors, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
  • By defeating the Warriors, the Gold Coast Titans achieved their first finals victory.
  • Manu Vatuvei of the New Zealand Warriors broke his club's all-time try scoring record, surpassing Stacey Jones with 78 tries.
  • Matt Cooper of the St George Illawarra Dragons broke his club's all-time try scoring record, surpassing Nathan Blacklock with 102 tries.
  • The match between the Wests Tigers and Sydney Roosters became the first finals match to be decided in golden point extra-time since its introduction in 2003, with the game taking 100 minutes before being decided. It was the Roosters first win in a finals series since 2004 and the Wests Tigers first ever finals loss.
  • The Canberra Raiders achieved their first finals victory since 2000, coincidentally against the Panthers, whilst the St George Illawarra Dragons achieved their first since 2006, again coincidentally against the same opposition and by the same score of 28–0.

2nd qualifying final[edit]

2010 (2010) NRL Second Qualifying Final  ()
1 2 Total
WST Wests Tigers colours.svg 10 5 15
SYD Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 2 13 (4) 19
Date 11 September 2010
Stadium Sydney Football Stadium
Location Sydney, NSW, Australia
Referees Shayne Hayne, Matt Cecchin
Attendance 33,315
Broadcast partner
Broadcaster Nine Network
Commentators Ray Warren, Peter Sterling, Phil Gould

The 2010 NRL Second Qualifying Final was a rugby league match contested between the Wests Tigers and Sydney Roosters in the first week of the 2010 NRL finals series on 11 September 2010. The match is notable as it was the first finals match to be played under the golden point rule since it was introduced in 2003. The match was hailed as "one of the greatest matches in recent memory".[2]

Background[edit]

Both the Sydney Roosters and Wests Tigers had qualified for the NRL finals series, held annually during September of every NRL season, after varying absences: the Roosters had finished last in 2009 after reaching the finals in 2008, whilst the Tigers had not reached the finals since winning the premiership in 2005. The Tigers recorded their best ever regular season by winning 15 of its 24 matches and finishing third on the ladder, both surpassing the previous records set in 2005,[3] whilst the Roosters won 14 of their 24 matches to finish sixth at the end of the regular season.[4]

The McIntyre Final Eight System, which was in place at the time, meant that the two teams were to be drawn against each other in the first week of the finals. The Roosters had won both of their meetings in the regular season, by 12 points in Round 2 and by four points in Round 8.

Match details[edit]
Team lists[edit]
Wests
Tigers
Position Sydney
Roosters
Mitch Brown Fullback Anthony Minichiello
Lote Tuqiri Wing Phil Graham
Blake Ayshford Centre Kane Linnett
Geoff Daniela Centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall
Beau Ryan Wing Sam Perrett
Benji Marshall Five-eighth Todd Carney
Robert Lui Halfback Mitchell Pearce
Bryce Gibbs Prop Jason Ryles
Robbie Farah (captain) Hooker James Aubusson
Keith Galloway Prop Frank-Paul Nu'uausala
Todd Payten 2nd Row Braith Anasta (captain)
Gareth Ellis 2nd Row Mitchell Aubusson
Chris Heighington Lock Nate Myles
Liam Fulton Interchange Jake Friend
Andrew Fifita Interchange Martin Kennedy
Simon Dwyer Interchange Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
Ben Murdoch-Masila Interchange Daniel Conn
Trent Robinson Coach Brian Smith
1st half[edit]

The Tigers had three chances, through Gareth Ellis, to score the first try of the match within the first 13 minutes, however, on each occasion, he was denied: first after Todd Carney had dislodged the ball from his hands, the second after he was held up over the line by some desperate Roosters defence, and the third after Benji Marshall was penalised for an off-the-ball incident with Mitchell Pearce.[5] They were, however, the most dominant team of the first half, scoring two tries, through Lote Tuqiri and Beau Ryan, to the Roosters' sole penalty goal (kicked by Carney), and taking a 10–2 lead into half-time.

Ellis was placed on report in the 18th minute for a high shot on Carney; he subsequently escaped any judiciary sanction over the incident.[6]

2nd half[edit]

Blake Ayshford scored first for the Tigers eight minutes into the second half, and, following by a field goal by captain Robbie Farah soon after, the Tigers' lead had stretched to 15–2, and it appeared the match was won. However, the Roosters would score two converted tries, both set up by Todd Carney for captain Braith Anasta and Mitchell Pearce, to narrow the margin to 15–14 with less than ten minutes left to play in regular time.

Simon Dwyer later appeared to win the match for the Tigers with two minutes remaining when he hit Jared Waerea-Hargreaves hard in the 78th minute of play, thus dislodging the ball from the latter's hands. This won the Tigers a scrum feed inside the Roosters' half, however, after Benji Marshall had fed the scrum, the Roosters pounced on the loose ball, giving them one last chance to win the match in the final minute. After initially trying to go for a match winning try, the ball found the hands of Braith Anasta, who kicked the match-tying field goal with mere seconds left, to send the match into golden point extra time.[6]

Golden point period[edit]

For the first time since golden point was introduced by the NRL in 2003, a finals match was to be decided by golden point. Whereas in a regular season match the final result would be a draw after neither team scored in ten minutes of golden point, in finals matches, the match goes on for an indefinite period until any team scored through any method (try, penalty goal, field goal).[7]

Following a scoreless first five minutes of extra time, play continued indefinitely during which Robbie Farah, Todd Carney and Mitchell Pearce all missed attempted field goal shots until Shaun Kenny-Dowall was able to intercept a Liam Fulton pass and run sixty metres to score the match winning try in the 100th minute of the match, thus completing one of the greatest comebacks in Roosters history, winning the match 19–15.[6]

Summary[edit]
15 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers
Tries
1 Tuqiri (30')
1 Ryan (37')
1 Ayshford (50')
Goals 1/3 B Marshall 1/3 (30')
Field Goals 1 Robbie Farah (54')
19 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
Tries 1 Anasta (61')
1 Pearce (75')
1 Kenny-Dowall (101')
Goals 3/4 Carney (20' pen, 62', 76')1
Field Goals 1 Braith Anasta (80')
Half Time Tigers 10–2
Score Progression 20th: Roosters 2–0 (Penalty goal: Carney)
30th: Tigers 6–2 (Try: Tuqiri, Goal: Marshall)
37th: Tigers 10–2 (Try: Ryan)
50th: Tigers 14–2 (Try: Ayshford)
54th: Tigers 15–2 (Field goal: Farah)
61st: Tigers 15–8 (Try: Anasta, Goal: Carney)
75th: Tigers 15–14 (Try: Pearce, Goal: Carney)
80th: Tied 15–all (Field goal: Anasta)
101st: Roosters 19–15 (Try: Kenny-Dowall)

1 No conversion on goal was required following Kenny-Dowall's try, as golden point rules stipulate that a try scored in golden point is not needed to be converted.

Legacy[edit]

In a match which pitted two of the game's entertainers (Benji Marshall and Todd Carney) up against each other, the match did not disappoint. It has been remembered as "one of the greatest Roosters victories of all time",[8] as well as "one of the most epic matches in recent times".[9] In particular, the final five minutes in regular time proved to be the most dramatic of the match, whereby Benji Marshall left the field injured, leaving the Tigers with only 12 men. The Tigers had failed to capitalise on a Roosters error with two minutes remaining in the match, allowing the Roosters to kick the match-levelling field goal in the final seconds of regular time, sending the match into extra time, which was remembered by many for its nail-biting finish.[10]

Teams' subsequent schedules[edit]

The result of this match, and the format of the final eight system, meant that the Tigers would only survive in the finals series if at least one of the two higher-ranked teams (St. George Illawarra or Penrith) won their respective qualifying final ties against the Sea Eagles and the Raiders. The Panthers' loss to the Raiders left the Tigers at risk of an early elimination, however they survived after the Dragons defeated the Sea Eagles in their qualifying final. They were then drawn against the Canberra Raiders, the lowest-ranked of the qualifying final winners, in a match that was to be played at Canberra Stadium.

The Tigers narrowly defeated Canberra by 26–24,[11] thus progressing them to the preliminary finals, where they were eventually defeated by the eventual premiers, St. George Illawarra, 13–12.[12]

The Roosters were guaranteed to remain in the finals series, regardless of any other subsequent results. However, as the third-highest ranked of the four winning teams from the first weekend of the finals series, they had to play in the second week of the finals series; they were subsequently drawn against the Penrith Panthers, the highest-ranked loser from the qualifying finals. The Roosters won 34–12, to progress to the semi-finals, where they defeated the Gold Coast Titans by 26 points to eventually make the Grand Final. However, the finals series eventually took its toll on the Roosters and they were soundly beaten by the Dragons 32–8 in the premiership deciding match.[13]=

Semi finals[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referees Crowd
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 – 26 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 17 September 2010, 7:45pm Canberra Stadium Tony Archer
Jared Maxwell
26,746
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 34 – 12 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 18 September 2010, 7:35pm Sydney Football Stadium Shayne Hayne
Ben Cummins
23,459
Eliminated: Canberra Raiders, Penrith Panthers

Preliminary finals[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referees Crowd
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 6 – 32 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 September 2010, 7:35pm Suncorp Stadium Tony Archer
Jared Maxwell
44,787
St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 13 – 12 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 25 September 2010, 7:35pm ANZ Stadium Shayne Hayne
Ben Cummins
71,212
Eliminated: Gold Coast Titans, Wests Tigers

Grand final[edit]

Main article: 2010 NRL Grand Final
Score Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referees Crowd
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 8 – 32 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 3 October 2010, 5:00pm ANZ Stadium Tony Archer
Shayne Hayne
82,334

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AAP (2010-04-17). "Slick Roosters too good for Canberra". smh.com.au (Fairfax Digital). Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  2. ^ Roosters win an epic encounter over Tigers, The Roar, 12 September 2010
  3. ^ Wests Tigers 2010 season summary, Rugby League Project
  4. ^ Sydney Roosters 2010 season summary, Rugby League Project
  5. ^ Roosters edge Tigers in stunner, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 12 September 2010
  6. ^ a b c Never-say-die Roosters pull off great escape, Sydney Morning Herald, 12 September 2010
  7. ^ Stats Insider: How to win in golden point, NRL.com official website, 8 March 2012
  8. ^ Roosters win epic over Tigers, The Courier-Mail, 11 September 2010
  9. ^ Tigers v Roosters - NRL 2010
  10. ^ Ryan, Warren, Roosters-Tigers extra-time thriller takes the cake in fascinating first week of finals, Newcastle Herald, 14 September 2010
  11. ^ Marshall back to bury Raiders, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 17 September 2010
  12. ^ St George Illawarra Dragons beat Wests Tigers 13-12 to make NRL grand final, The Daily Telegraph, 25 September 2010
  13. ^ Drought finally broken as Dragons reign in Roosters in wet, Sydney Morning Herald, 4 October 2010