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
Fullback for Roosters is number 1 Anthony MinichielloFullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Brett Stewart
Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel TupouWinger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jorge Taufua
Centre for Roosters is number 3 Michael JenningsCentre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Jamie Lyon
Centre for Roosters is number 4 Shaun Kenny-DowallCentre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Steve Matai
Winger for Roosters is number 5 Roger Tuivasa-SheckWinger for Sea Eagles is number 5 David Williams
Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 James MaloneyFive-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Kieran Foran
Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Mitchell PearceHalfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-HargreavesProp for Sea Eagles is number 8 Brenton Lawrence
Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Jake FriendHooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Matt Ballin
Prop for Roosters is number 10 Sam MoaProp for Sea Eagles is number 10 Brent Kite
2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Aidan Guerra2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Anthony Watmough
2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sonny Bill Williams2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Justin Horo
Lock for Roosters is number 18 Boyd CordnerLock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Glenn Stewart
Interchange for Roosters is number 13 Frank-Paul NuuausalaInterchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 David Gower
Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Daniel MortimerInterchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Jamie Buhrer
Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Mitchell AubussonInterchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Tom Symonds
Interchange for Roosters is number 23 Luke O'DonnellInterchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 George Rose
- Referee: Shayne Hayne
- Referee: Ben Cummins
- Touch Judge: Steve Carrall
- Touch Judge: Russell Turner
- Video Referee: Ashley Klein
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