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A Decade To Celebrate 2010-19

2010

The 2010 NRL season was an extremely memorable year for Sydney Roosters Members and fans alike, and it was most definitely for the right reasons. 

After a disappointing campaign in 2009 that saw the Club claim the dreaded wooden spoon, 2010 was looking like a new start with a large number of key personnel changes. 

Brian Smith was named as the new head coach of the Club alongside a number of new recruits, including five-eighth Todd Carney who was making his return to the NRL.

It was unclear what fans could expect from their new look Sydney Roosters side, but they would soon find out. 

They were sizzling hot in their first match of the season, downing their arch-rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs 36-10 on their home turf.

Mitchell Pearce was outstanding at halfback, while new recruit Todd Carney kicked off his Dally M winning season in electric form.

The Roosters celebrate the game of the decade after Shaun Kenny-Dowall snatches the Qualifying Final against the Wests Tigers.
The Roosters celebrate the game of the decade after Shaun Kenny-Dowall snatches the Qualifying Final against the Wests Tigers.

MOMENTS TO CELEBRATE

ROUND 18: Aubusson calls game

Round 18, 2010 | Aubusson Calls Game

The Roosters were looking for their second consecutive win in Round 18 when they faced the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Allianz Stadium.

In what was one of the best and most physical contests of the season, Mitchell Aubusson ran a perfect line in the closing minutes and Todd Carney found him with a money ball to gift the Roosters a memorable victory.

QUALIFYING FINAL: SKD steals historic win

SKD Steals 2010 Semi Final

After 99 minutes of incredible and record setting NRL action, Shaun Kenny-Dowall was gifted the intercept of his career in what was arguably the greatest game of rugby league ever contested. 

The Wests Tigers were on the attack late in the match, but a lapse in judgement from Liam Fulton saw the NRL's leading try scorer in 2010 snatch a long pass from the air and sprint the length of the field and claim an exhilarating victory.

PRELIMINARY FINAL: Clinical Roosters book Grand Final appearance

The Roosters Seal Grand Final Berth

The Roosters were against the odds on enemy ground in the Preliminary Final when they took on the well rested Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium.

After a clinical 80 minute performance from the Tricolours, they sealed their spot in the 2010 NRL Grand Final. 

STEGGLES PLAY OF THE YEAR

Steggles Play Of The Year 2010 | THAT field goal

The first Steggles Play of the year was awarded to Braith Anasta after his clutch field goal to send the Sydney Roosters to Golden Point against the Wests Tigers in the Preliminary Final. 

2011

Despite starting the season strong with a win against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, the Roosters would go on to lose seven of their following eight games. 

The second half of the season was much improved on the first, but with injury and a number of changes to the line-up the Roosters struggled to find consistency. 

After a tough loss to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in Round 22, the Roosters would finish out the season on a high by claiming four straight victories.

In the final game of the season they would go on to roll Minor Premiers, the Melbourne Storm by 40-8 to conclude a tough season on a high note.

VALE ARTHUR BEETSON

Sydney Roosters legend and immortal very sadly passed away in 2011.

His memory is etched in Roosters history forever, and he remains one of the great Roosters to ever play the game of rugby league.

MOMENTS TO REMEMBER

ROUND 8: An impactful debut

Lama Tasi Makes Impact In Debut

In the midst of a tough stretch of football for the Roosters, a shining light came in Round 8 when Lama Tasi was unleashed for his debut against the Gold Coast Titans. 

Within minutes of stepping onto the field, Lama Tasi pulled off one of the best hits of the year of the year on Greg Bird which even forced a mistake from the veteran forward.

ROUND 16: Mini tops the leaderboard

Mini Tops The Leaderboard

Anthony Minichiello crossed a significant milestone in Round 16 when he scored the final try of the match against the Newcastle Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium.

He not only scored his 105th NRL try, but he surpassed Bill Mullins to become the Sydney Roosters highest try scorer.

ROUND 25: Finishing on a high

Roosters End Season On High

To cap off the 2011 season on a high, the Roosters went on to win their final four games in a row.

The streak began with an upset win over Wayne Bennett's Dragons in Wollongong, and concluded with a clinical win over the Melbourne Storm. 

STEGGLES PLAY OF THE YEAR

Steggles Play Of The Year 2011

Phil Graham finishes off a brilliant long range Tricolours try against the Sea Eagles.

2012

In what was Braith Anasta's final season at the Sydney Roosters, the 2012 squad were determined to send their captain out on a high note. 

They won 4 of their first 6 matches of the season, but much like last year were plagued with the issue of a lack of consistency. 

Despite their solid start to the season, the remainder of the season wasn't too kind to the Tricolours as they went on to struggle for the majority of the season. 

With that being the case though, the season certainly didn't come without its highlights and a number of important squad inclusions that would set up future years of success. 

To conclude a tough campaign in 2012, the Sydney Roosters officially announced that former assistant coach Trent Robinson would replace Brian Smith as the head coach. 

After a successful stint turning around the fortunes of the Catalans Dragons in the Super League, the remaining squad members from 2010 were singing the praises of Robinson, as well as Club Chairman Nick Politis AM. 

This would be just the start of an exciting restructure ahead of the 2013 NRL season.

MOMENTS TO CELEBRATE

ROUND 22: The first stepping stone

Roger's First NRL Step

After impressing in the NYC Toyota Cup throughout the 2012 season, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was given his first taste of first grade in Round 21. 

In just the second game of his NRL career against the St George Illawarra Dragons, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck gaves Roosters fans a taste of his remarkable footwork and set Mitchell Pearce up for a briliant four-pointer.

ROUND 25: An early career hat-trick

Tupou Makes Mark At Home

After making his debut against the Canberra Raiders in the week prior, Daniel Tupou was set for his second NRL appearance against the Wests Tigers and his first match at the Roosters home ground.

Tupou managed to bag a hat-trick on the occasion, giving fans a glimpse of his incredible leaping ability and cementing his chances of being a starter for the Roosters for many years to come.

ROUND 25: Mini gifted a milestone try

Mini Receives Milestone Gift

In his 250th NRL match against the Wests Tigers, Anthony Minichiello is gifted a four-pointer to cap off a dominant win at Allianz Stadium.

BONUS MOMENT: Mini the thief

Mini The Thief

"I think he should wear a balaclava after that one," said Gus Gould after Minichiello pulled off the steal of the century against the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval. 

You'll miss this one of you blink.

STEGGLES PLAY OF THE YEAR

Steggles Play Of The Year 2012

Anthony Minichiello finishes off a superb play to snatch a win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Round 1.

2013

After a tough couple of seasons for the Tricolours, there appeared to be a new hope heading into the 2013 season. 

With the arrival of new five-eighth James Maloney, new head coach Trent Robinson and a number of names thrown around the rumor mill, it looked like the Roosters fortunes were ready to turn. 

Club veteran Anthony Minichiello was named the new Captain, Sonny Bill Williams was officially added to the fold, representative centre Michael Jennings would soon follow and the roster was officially starting to take shape. 

The roster appeared to be finalised, the excitement was well and truly brewing and it was time to begin one of the most memorable journeys in Tricolours history. 

While it took the Roosters a few rounds to work out their identity as a team, their first shutout and biggest score of the season came in Round 4 when they annihilated the Parramatta Eels 50-0 at Allianz Stadium.

Of the remaining 20 games of the regular season, the Roosters won a whopping 15 games and were awarded the Minor Premiership for the first time since 2004. 

MOMENTS TO REMEMBER

ANZAC DAY: The Roosters put on a show

Sonny Bill Showcases Signature Offload

The Roosters hadn't won an Anzac Day match since 2007, but in 2013 they appeared to have the squad that could get the job done. 

In the midst of a dominant first half display from the Tricolours, they pulled off one of the most electrifying tries of the year courtesy of a BRILLIANT Sonny Bill Williams offload.

QUALIFYING FINAL: A nail-biting, record setting shutout

The Record Setting Shutout

The Roosters recorded their sixth shutout of the season against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, and managed to pull it off in nail-biting fashion. 

The Sea Eagles had the final play of the game after being gifted a late penalty, and it took a determined Tricolours effort to ensure the Bondi Wall held firm.

GRAND FINAL: The try that changed it all

The Try That Changed It All

For those Roosters fans with a short memory, the Roosters needed to muster up a come-from-behind victory if they were to win the 2013 NRL Telstra Premiership.

They most certainly did that, and this was the try that edged them in front.

Grand Final Replay 2013 | Roosters v Sea Eagles

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STEGGLES PLAY OF THE YEAR

Steggles Play Of The Year 2013

The Steggles Play of the year was AGAIN awarded to Anthony Minichiello in 2013, but this time it was for a try saved instead of scored. 

His tackle on Nathan Merritt in the final round of the regular season is an all time classic.

2014

In similar fashion to the start of their 2013 campaign, the 2014 season was similar after the Roosters suffered a loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

It was a quick turnaround back into form though as they demolished the Parramatta Eels 56-4 at home in Round 2.

While the Roosters were generally slow off the blocks in 2014, you wouldn't know based on their ladder position by the end of the regular season. 

While the season didn't finish according to the plan, there was much to celebrate throughout the season.

Anthony Minichiello officially announced his retirement from the Club after a stunning 15 years of service to the Club. 

Sonny Bill Williams called time on his rugby league career, leaving a strong legacy at the Club in just two seasons. 

MOMENTS TO CELEBRATE

ROUND 3: A determined victory

A Determined Victory

After falling short to the Broncos in 75 minutes of action, the Roosters would need to muster up a big effort if they were any chance of snatching a win on enemy territory. 

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck managed to sneak one in at the 78th minute, followed by a SPECIAL play from Mitchell Pearce to send Boyd Cordner over on the left edge.

ROUND 25: Relentless Roosters

Putting Your Stamp On It

In one of the most determined efforts of the season, the Roosters came back to defeat the Melbourne Storm in Round 25. 

While it was a back-and-forth encounter for the most part, the Storm led the way for the most part.

An intercept try from Mitchell Pearce put them in front, then a determined effort from Aidan Guerra ensured a victory.

PRELIMINARY FINAL: The most capped Rooster

The Most Capped Rooster

In the final game of his NRL career, Anthony Minichiello surpassed Luke Ricketson to become to most capped player in Sydney Roosters history.

He even scored the final try in the closing minute of the game.

STEGGLES TRY OF THE YEAR

Steggles Try Of The Year 2014

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was awarded the FIRST EVER Steggles Try of the year, courtesy of his twinkle toes against the Melbourne Storm in Round 13.

2015

With the departures of both Club legend Anthony Minichiello and Sonny Bill Williams, there were a couple of changes to the squad in 2015.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck made his long awaited switch to fullback, new recruit Blake Ferguson was set to start in the centre position and Shaun Kenny-Dowall made the switch back to the wing for the first time since 2009. 

Isaac Liu was promoted to the starting line-up with a vacant spot in the second row, while new recruit Siosiua Taukeiaho was set to lock up a spot on the interchange bench.

Mitchell Pearce and Jake Friend were named as the replacement captains and we were all set for a new chapter in 2015. 

If there were any concerns heading into the new year, they were quickly put to rest after the Roosters put the Cowboys to the sword in Round 1 on enemy ground.

The Roosters were a little slow to kick off 2015, but when Tuivasa-Sheck became comfortable filling the big shoes at fullback and the Roosters found their groove, the back end of the regular season was nothing short of impressive. 

After a tough loss against the Cronulla Sharks in Round 13, the Tricolours did not lose a game for the remainder of the regular season. 

There were a number of injuries to key personnel late in the year, which saw opportunities gifted to the likes of Jackson Hastings and Brendan Elliott who performed well.

MOMENTS TO CELEBRATE

ROUND 14: Warriors TKO'd in stunning contest

TKO and Ferguson Inspire Stunning Win

With State Of Origin representatives out of action and a tough road trip to New Zealand, the Roosters shuffled Siosiua Taukeiaho to the starting line-up for the first time in his career and Blake Ferguson made his return from injury. 

While one was damaging in 80 minutes of action, the other put the stamp on what was contender for game of the year in 2015.

ROUND 15: SKD joins elite company

SKD Joins Elite Company

In Round 15 against the St George Illawarra Dragons, Shaun Kenny-Dowall bagged a double to become second on the Sydney Roosters all time try scorers list.

He remains in that position on that ladder to date. 

ROUND 21: Pearce shines in milestone win

Mitchell Pearce Comes Up Clutch in 200th

It was a milestone triple-threat in Round 21, with Mitchell Pearce (200), James Maloney (150) and Dylan Napa (50) all celebrating NRL milestones against the Bulldogs.

Pearce was outstanding on the night, and even came up with the winning play when he kicked a perfectly weighted grubber to Michael Jennings. 

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STEGGLES TRY OF THE YEAR

Steggles Try Of The Year 2015

Just days after the birth of his daughter, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves had the performance of his career against the Parramatta Eels in Round 23 and came up with this BEAUTY to help the Tricolours win the game.

2016

The Tricolours were facing a fair line-up overhaul in 2016, with a list of departing players that comprised of James Maloney, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Michael Jennings.

On top of that, Boyd Cordner, Mitchell Pearce and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves were all unavailable for selection at the start of the season,. 

While the side was going through a full restructure, a number of young prospects impressed in their first NRL pre-season ahead of the new year. 

Jackson Hastings looked set to start at five-eighth, Blake Ferguson was attempting a switch to fullback, Super League star Joe Burgess was looking to make his mark in the NRL and new recruit Dale Copley was looking to fill the void left by Jennings. 

After five straight losses to start the season, it became clear that there would be to some challenges ahead.

MOMENTS TO CELEBRATE

Round 6: Napa demolishes Souths

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In what was one of the most impressive individual performances of recent memory, Dylan Napa threw his weight around and then some when he became a battering ram against our arch-rivals. 

On top of that, he stayed on field for 80 minutes and was even rewarded with a four-pointer.

ANZAC DAY: Matterson's Memorable Debut

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In a season that saw many debutants, it's safe to say that Ryan Matterson's was a clear standout. 

He was outstanding in 80 minutes of action at five-eighth, notching a memorable four-pointer, 1 line break, 1 line break assist and 2 try assists.

ROUND 24: Roosters shine in final home game

Game In Focus | Dragons in 2016

After a tough season for Roosters fans, the Tricolours ensured that their final home game was a memorable one for their faithful supporters against the Dragons.

Blake Ferguson was stunning at fullback, while Daniel Tupou also chipped in with a double in a 42-6 win. 

ROOSTERS HOLDEN CUP SQUAD WIN PREMIERSHIP

Holden Cup 2016 Grand Final Highlights

The Sydney Roosters Under 20s defy the odds to make a brilliant comeback over the Penrith Panthers and win the 2016 Holden Cup Grand Final.

BONUS MOMENT: Joseph Manu's first RoostersTV interview

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STEGGLES TRY OF THE YEAR

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Latrell Mitchell finishes off a determined 5th tackle play to claim his first Steggles Try of the year.

2017

While there wasn't a great amount of changes to the Roosters squad in 2017, there were two key recruits that contributed to the impressive turnaround in success.

Luke Keary was named to replace Jackson Hastings in the vacant five-eighth position, while veteran fullback Michael Gordon was called in to help complete a new-look Tricolours spine. 

They would go on to win the first five games of the regular season, which is a completely opposite result to the start of their 2016 campaign. 

It was clear the Roosters were back in form and there was plenty to like about the young squad, even if there was the occasional teething issue.

To kick off 2017, the Roosters named an exciting squad to take to the NRL Downer Auckland Nines, which featured a perfect balance between youth and experience. 

That side would go on to win the Auckland Nines against the odds, and kick off the season on the right foot. 

There were a couple of strange scorelines throughout the year that went against the Roosters, but they went on to claim second place on the ladder and enter the NRL Finals on a winning streak. 

MOMENTS TO CELEBRATE

ANZAC DAY: Pearce ices Anzac Day

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Following an intense and emotional 80 minutes of football on Anzac Day, the contest found its way into Golden Point.

Mitchell Pearce iced the victory with a stunning field goal that will remain in NRL highlights for years to come. 

ROUND 16: Pearce steals Adelaide showdown

VB-HardEarnedEffort-Round16

In a match that saw the Roosters in desperate need of a late comeback, they would take the game to Golden Point against the Melbourne Storm after a determined ten minutes of play.

On a short turnaround after State Of Origin duties, Mitchell Pearce kicked the game winning field goal to put the Roosters in front and steal a victory at Adelaide Oval

Round 25: Cordner draws a late penalty

VB-HardEarnedEffort-Rd25

The Roosters were in the midst of a losing streak against the Cronulla Sharks, and the scores were locked in the closing minutes while Luke Keary was in the sin bin.

An inspirational run followed by a quick play-the-ball from the Captain saw Michael Gordon take the two and the Tricolours earn a victory.

STEGGLES TRY OF THE YEAR

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Latrell Mitchell earns his second consecutive Steggles Try of the year after this MONSTER EFFORT to steal a Qualifying Final against the Brisbane Broncos.

2018

James Tedesco was named as a star signing midway through the 2017 season, but there was one more surprise on the way during the off season.

Veteran halfback Cooper Cronk was officially announced on a two year deal, and thus began an unforgettable journey for the Tricolours.

The start of the season was a little inconsistent, though there were glimpses of greatness while the new-look spine was working out the kinks. 

At around the midway point of the season, the Tricolours were firing on all cylinders. 

A clinical 32-0 win over the New Zealand Warriors in Round 10 was the first shut-out of the season, and from there it was mostly magic for the Roosters.

They won 10 out of the remaining 14 games of the regular season to claim the Minor Premiership for the first time since 2015.

MOMENTS TO CELEBRATE

ROUND 9: Radley's Hard Earned Effort Of The Year

VB Hard Earned Effort | Round 9

In the tight games of the year, the attitude is to do whatever it takes to win.

Victor Radley took that advice on with the VB Hard Earned Effort of the year when he made this cracking tackle on Dylan Walker.

ROUND 13: Try saver of the year

VB Hard Earned Effort | Round 13

After making his return from a long stint on the sidelines against the Wests Tigers, Daniel Tupou made the try-saving tackle of the year when he thudded Corey Thompson into touch JUST SHY of the try line.

What makes the moment sweeter was Corey Thompson denied Daniel Tupou a game winning try in Round 1.

ROUND 18: The record setting debutants

A Memorable Trio Of Debuts

The Roosters unleashed three debutants in Round 18 when Paul Momirovski, Sean O'Sullivan and Poasa Faamausili took to the turf against the Gold Coast Titans. 

For the first time in NRL history, ALL THREE debutants scored tries!

GRAND FINAL: Cooper Cronk defies belief

Cooper Cronk Defies The Odds

Cooper Cronk defies belief when he lines up in the NRL Grand Final to help steer his side to a Premiership victory.

At the conclusion of the match, it's revealed that he did so with a fractured scapula.

STEGGLES TRY OF THE YEAR

Steggles Try of the week | Round 21

The Steggles Try of the year was awarded to Joseph Manu for his first win after an exceptional effort against the North Queensland Cowboys.

2019

With the addition of State Of Origin second rower Angus Crichton and veteran wingers Brett Morris and Ryan Hall in 2019, the Roosters arguably improved on what was already a fantastic roster. 

After dropping their first match of the season against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, the Roosters quickly picked up where they left off in 2018, winning the following eight games in a row. 

While their was a back-and-forth patch in the middle of the season, the Tricolours were back to their best at the back end of the season, in particular when they played at their new home ground. 

In order to complete their mission and to defy history by going back-to-back for the first time since the Brisbane Broncos achieved it 21 years prior, they would have to once again reach a new level in the Finals.

After a clinical win in the Qualifying Final against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, it appeared the Roosters were once again prepared to challenge for the 2019 Premiership. 

MOMENTS TO CELEBRATE

ROUND 6: Perfect set of six sinks Storm

MusclePharm Moment | Round 6

To conclude a stunning 80 minutes of football against the Melbourne Storm in Round 6, the Roosters would pull off a PERFECT set of six to open Golden Point. 

It started with a massive run by Sitili Tupouniua, and finished with a clutch field goal from Latrell Mitchell.

ANZAC DAY: TKO seals Anzac Day

MusclePharm Moment Of The Year Winner

In what was voted the MusclePharm Moment of the year AND the best individual performance of the year in 2019, Siosiua Taukeiaho seals the Anzac Cup with a monstrous effort.

ROUND 20: Morris passes 150 NRL tries in style

Brett Morris Record Setting Hat-trick

He was on the cusp of his 150th NRL try, so he decided to score three!

ROUND 21: Manu makes tackle of the year

Joseph Manu wins 2019 Tackle Of The Year

The Sydney Roosters were hanging on for dear life in Round 21 and looking for a long awaited victory over the Canberra Raiders in Canberra for the first time since 2010. 

In the closing minutes of the game, Joseph Manu pulled off the tackle of the year when he thudded Raiders captain Jarrod Croker into touch just shy of the try line.

GRAND FINAL: The Moment

THAT Grand Final Try

The moment that changed it all in the NRL Grand Final.

STEGGLES TRY OF THE YEAR

Steggles Try Of The Year 2019

The Steggles Try of the year was once again awarded to Joseph Manu after he cleaned up a superb Tricolours effort.

What a decade it was, and now it's time to start a new one.

Thanks for tuning in Roosters fans and we'll see you in 2020.