In the 114-year history of First Grade rugby league in Australia, there have been only 11 instances of a team scoring 70+ points in a game, the most recent being the Sydney Roosters’ 72-6 belting of the Wests Tigers at the SCG on Saturday, meaning the Roosters (And the Melbourne Storm) now have two instances of scoring 70+ points, the last coming in their 87-7 win against Canterbury in 1935.
Which means that the ever-popular Matt Lodge, who brought up the 70 point milestone with his last minute try, now has the unique distinction of playing in games where his team has scored 70+ points (72-6 on Saturday night) and conceded 70+ points (When the NZ Warriors lost 70-10 against the Storm in Round 7)
Even more random, both of those games were in the same season.
Looking through the books, the only other players to feature in games of scoring & conceding 70+ points are:
– Journeyman Newcastle/St George/St George-Illawarra/Parramatta forward Darren Treacy.
– Brisbane & Penrith great Petero ‘Second Receiver’ Civoniceva
– Parramatta & Manly forward Daniel Heckenberg
– Newcastle’s Josh Perry, Daniel Tolar, Riley Brown and Kirk Reynoldson.
– Canberra’s Alan Tongue, Adrian Purtell, David Milne, Todd Carney and Troy Thompson.
– And Penrith premiership players Rhys Wesser, Luke Priddis, Tony Puletua and Trent Waterhouse.
First of all, Darren Treacy played in St George-Illawarra’s 70-10 defeat against the Melbourne Storm at the MCG in Round 5 of 2000, which is even more insane when you remember that was a Grand Final rematch:
In his last year in the NRL, Treacy wound up playing alongside Daniel Heckenberg in Parramatta’s 74-4 win against Cronulla in Round 24 of 2003, which remains the greatest score and the greatest winning margin of the NRL era:
As mentioned above, Heckenberg played for Parra in 2003, then he signed for Manly in 2004 and played in the Sea Eagles’ then-record 72-12 defeat against the reigning premiers Penrith in Round 22 at Panthers Stadium, with that Panthers team featuring the four premiership players mentioned in the list:
Next, the Newcastle & Canberra players on the list all featured in the Knights’ 70-32 win at Canberra Stadium during Round 2 of 2006, which remains the highest-scoring game in First Grade history (102 points):
And the next year, the Knights lost 71-6 against the Brisbane Broncos at Lang Park in Round 11, which featured Petero Civoniceva in the Broncos team:
Petero then signed for Penrith for 2008 and was appointed captain, and had the misfortune of featuring alongside several premiership Panthers in their 74-12 belting at the hands of the Raiders in Round 22, when Terry Campese scored 36 points on his lonesome, still a record by a player in the NRL era.
So yes, it’s a pain in the arse when you concede 70 points.