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2013 NRL PREMIERS

After finishing the previous two seasons in the bottom eight, the Roosters looked to former assistant coach Trent Robinson to take the reigns in 2013, along with a recruitment drive that included superstar Sonny Bill Williams, mercurial five-eighth James Maloney, representative centre Michael Jennings as well as journeyman front rower Sam Moa and veteran forward Luke O'Donnell.

Robinson's Roosters reinvented themselves as a defensive powerhouse of the competition - going on to become the first team in history to shut out six opponents through the season - with the 'Bondi Wall' moniker highlighting the side's resolve on their own try-line. 

Finals Classics: Week 1, 2013 vs Sea Eagles

After a steady start which included three wins in the first five rounds, the Red, White and Blue - led by new captain Anthony Minichiello - grew throughout the season, holding a place in the top four from Round 6 onwards. 

A dip in form during the State of Origin period - an expected result with multiple players on representative duty - turned into an eight-game winning streak heading into the final three weeks. 

Despite back-to-back losses at the end of the season, the Roosters took home the Minor Premiership for the first time since 2004 with a comprehensive 24-12 win over arch-rivals South Sydney in the final round in front of a ground record 59,708 crowd at ANZ Stadium. 

2013 Grand Final Highlights

One of the grittiest, hard-fought victories which typified the season occurred in the first week of the playoffs against eventual Grand Final opponents Manly, with a Roger Tuivasa-Sheck try in the 9th minute providing the only points as the Roosters clawed their way to the Preliminary Final with a 4-nil victory. 

A dominant 40-14 Preliminary Final win over Newcastle set up a rematch with the Sea Eagles in the Grand Final - the first between the two clubs since the 1972 decider - with the Roosters erasing the pain of that loss with a famous come-from-behind 26-18 win to claim the Club's 13th Premiership. 

Sydney Roosters 26 (Aiden Guerra, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Daniel Tupou; James Maloney 4 goals; James Maloney penalty goal) def Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 18

 

2013 Season Details

 

2013 Player Details

 

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Roosters is number 1 Anthony Minichiello
    Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Brett Stewart
  • Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jorge Taufua
  • Centre for Roosters is number 3 Michael Jennings
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Jamie Lyon
  • Centre for Roosters is number 4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Steve Matai
  • Winger for Roosters is number 5 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 David Williams
  • Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 James Maloney
    Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Kieran Foran
  • Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Mitchell Pearce
    Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans

Forwards

  • Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Brenton Lawrence
  • Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Jake Friend
    Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Matt Ballin
  • Prop for Roosters is number 10 Sam Moa
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Brent Kite
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Aidan Guerra
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Anthony Watmough
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sonny Bill Williams
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Justin Horo
  • Lock for Roosters is number 18 Boyd Cordner
    Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Glenn Stewart

Interchange

  • Interchange for Roosters is number 13 Frank-Paul Nuuausala
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 David Gower
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Daniel Mortimer
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Jamie Buhrer
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Mitchell Aubusson
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Tom Symonds
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 23 Luke O'Donnell
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 George Rose

Match Officials

  • Referee: Shayne Hayne
  • Referee: Ben Cummins
  • Touch Judge: Steve Carrall
  • Touch Judge: Russell Turner
  • Video Referee: Ashley Klein

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2013 Jack Gibson Awards

Jack Gibson Medal: Sonny Bill Williams

James Mathews Clubman of the Year: Anthony Minichiello

Steggles Play of the Year: Anthony Minichiello

Members Player of the Year: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

Roosters Our Community Award: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

Harry Phipps Rising Star Award: Daniel Tupou

Chris Sykes Award (Junior Rep Player of the Year): Willis Meehan

Arthur Beetson Medal (Jersey Flegg Player of the Year): Samisoni Langi

NYC Player of the Year: Alex Smith

 

 

2013 Dally M Awards

Dally M Coach of the Year: Trent Robinson

Dally M Top Pointscorer: James Maloney

Dally M Winger of the Year: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Dally M Second Rower of the Year: Boyd Cordner

Acknowledgement of Country

Sydney Roosters respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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