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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. The Brisbane Broncos claimed their fifth premiership in nine seasons, defeating the Sydney Roosters in the last grand final played during the afternoon. It was the Roosters' first grand final appearance since 1980.

Season summary

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 Australiamarker, 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 West Tigers captain Jarrod McCracken with a spear tackle. Kearney was suspended for 8 matches and Bai for 1 match. The two men were also sued by McCraken, who won a six-figure damage bill.

The Canberra Raiders and the West 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.


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 Warriors6th season

Ground: Ericsson Stadiummarker

Coach: Mark Graham

Captain: John Simon
Brisbane Broncos13th season

Ground: ANZ Stadiummarker

Coach: Wayne Bennett

Captain: Kevin Walters
Bulldogs66th season

Ground: Stadium Australiamarker

Coach: Steve Folkes

Captain: Darren Britt
Canberra Raiders19th season

Ground: Bruce Stadiummarker

Coach: Mal Meninga

Captain: Laurie Daley
Cronulla Sharks34th season

Ground: Shark Parkmarker

Coach: John Lang

Captain: Andrew Ettinghausen
Melbourne Storm3rd season

Ground: Olympic Park Stadiummarker

Coach: Chris Anderson

Captain: Robbie Kearns
Newcastle Knights13th season

Ground: Marathon Stadiummarker

Coach: Warren Ryan

Captain: Tony Butterfield
North Queensland Cowboys6th season

Ground: Dairy Farmers Stadiummarker

Coach: Tim Sheens

Captain: Noel Goldthorpe / Tim Brasher
Northern Eagles1st season

Ground: Brookvale Ovalmarker & NorthPower Stadiummarker

Coach: Peter Sharp

Captain: Geoff Toovey
Parramatta Eels54th season

Ground: Parramatta Stadiummarker

Coach: Brian Smith

Penrith Panthers34th season

Ground: Penrith Stadiummarker

Coach: Royce Simmons

Captain: Steve Carter
Sydney Roosters93rd season

Ground: Sydney Football Stadiummarker

Coach: Graham Murray

Captain: Brad Fittler
St. George Illawarra Dragons2nd season

Ground: WIN Stadiummarker & Sydney Football Stadiummarker

Coach: David Waite & Andrew Farrar

Captain: Craig Smith
Wests Tigers1st season

Ground: Campbelltown Stadiummarker & Leichhardt Ovalmarker

Coach: Wayne Pearce

Captain: Jarrod McCracken


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, the 1993 Salt-N-Pepa hit Whatta Man with lyrics re-worked as "What A Game".

Records set in 2000


Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Brisbane 26 18 2 6 696 388 +308 38
2 Sydney Roosters 26 16 0 10 601 520 +81 32
3 Newcastle 26 15 1 10 686 532 +154 31
4 Canberra 26 15 0 11 506 479 +27 30
5 Penrith 26 15 0 11 573 562 +11 30
6 Melbourne 26 14 1 11 672 529 +143 29
7 Parramatta 26 14 1 11 476 456 +20 29
8 Cronulla 26 13 0 13 570 463 +107 26
9 St George Illawarra 26 12 0 14 576 656 -80 24
10 Wests Tigers 26 11 2 13 519 642 -123 24
11 Canterbury 26 10 1 15 469 553 -84 21
12 Northern Eagles 26 9 0 17 476 628 -152 18
13 Auckland 26 8 2 16 426 662 -236 18
14 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.


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 QSACmarker. 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 Raiders 34–16 Penrith Panthers 4 August 2000 Bruce Stadiummarker Steve Clark 18,479
Newcastle Knights 30–16 Melbourne Storm 5 August 2000 Marathon Stadiummarker Tim Mander 20,597
Sydney Roosters 8–32 Parramatta Eels 5 August 2000 Sydney Football Stadiummarker Bill Harrigan 21,377
Brisbane Broncos 34–20 Cronulla Sharks 6 August 2000 ANZ Stadiummarker Paul Simpkins 25,831
Semi Finals
Parramatta Eels 28–10 Penrith Panthers 12 August 2000 Sydney Football Stadiummarker Bill Harrigan 25,746
Canberra Raiders 10–38 Sydney Roosters 13 August 2000 Sydney Football Stadiummarker Tim Mander 16,441
Preliminary Finals
Newcastle Knights 20–26 Sydney Roosters 19 August 2000 Sydney Football Stadiummarker Bill Harrigan 33,727
Brisbane Broncos 16–10 Parramatta Eels 20 August 2000 Stadium Australiamarker Tim Mander 31,087
Grand Final
Brisbane Broncos 14–6 Sydney Roosters 27 August 2000 Stadium Australiamarker Bill Harrigan 94,277

Grand Final

Brisbane Position Sydney
Darren Lockyer FB Luke Phillips
Lote Tuqiri WG Matt Sing
Tonie Carroll CE Shannon Hegarty
Michael De Vere CE Ryan Cross
Wendell Sailor WG Anthony Minichiello
Ben Ikin FE Brad Fittler (c)
Kevin Walters (c) HB Adrian Lam
Shane Webcke PR Ian Rubin
Luke Priddis HK Simon Bonetti
Dane Carlaw PR Peter Cusack
Gorden Tallis SR Bryan Fletcher
Brad Thorn SR Craig Fitzgibbon
Kevin Campion LK Luke Ricketson
Shaun Berrigan Bench Craig Wing
Ashley Harrison Bench Shane Rigon
Michael Hancock Bench Dallas Hood
Harvey Howard Bench David Solomona
Wayne Bennett Coach Graham Murray

Shane Webcke went into the match with a broken arm.

First Half

Sydney were unlucky not to have an early lead only 3 minutes in when Shannon Hegarty got over the line but good cover defence by Brisbane fullback Darren Lockyer stopped them from scoring. The Broncos opened the scoring with a penalty goal to Michael De Vere to make it 2-0 at the 12th minute. Four minutes later, Lote Tuqiri scored the first try of the Grand Final which was converted by Michael De Vere to make it 8-0 in Brisbane's favour. Michael De Vere extended his side's lead out to 10-0 in the 27th minute. The Roosters opened their scoring in the 35th minute with a penaltry goal to Luke Phillips to make it 10-2 and it remained that scoreline until halftime.

Second Half

In the first minute of play after the break, Broncos five-eighth Ben Ikin got hit late with a high shot and went to the bench missing twenty minutes of the second half. Brisbane had a chance to go ten in front with a penalty goal but missed marginally. However the Broncos extended their lead to 14-2 when Wendell Sailor scored in the 55th but the conversion was unsuccessful by Michael De Vere. Craig Fitzgibbon got Sydney's first try of the match in the 70th minute to give the Roosters a glimmer of hope but the conversion was unsuccessful making the score 14-6.


Brisbane Broncos
Tries Tuqiri, Sailor
Goals De Vere 3/5
Field Goals


Sydney Roosters
Tries Fitzgibbon
Goals Phillips 1/1, Fitzgibbon 0/1
Field Goals

Clive Churchill Medal: Darren Lockyer (Brisbane)

When They Scored

12th Minute: Brisbane 2-0 (De Vere goal)

16th Minute: Brisbane 8-0 (Tuqiri try; De Vere goal)

27th Minute: Brisbane 10-0 (De Vere goal)

35th Minute: Brisbane 10-2 (Phillips goal)

53rd Minute: Brisbane 14-2 (Sailor try)

71st Minute: Brisbane 14-6 (Fitzgibbon try)

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