Premiership Spotlight | 2002

For this week's Premiership victory in spotlight, we take a look at our epic 2002 win over the New Zealand Warriors that saw a hard-fought win over the Minor Premiers.

The Finals series was a perfect set-up for the Roosters, kicking off with a convincing win over the Cronulla Sharks, followed by an epic victory over the Newcastle Knights and concluding with a grinding victory over the Brisbane Broncos.

After falling to the Broncos in the 2000 NRL Grand Final, a victory over their Interstate rivals to book a place on the big stage in 2002 saw them enter the field with plenty of confidence.

The first half of the game was a back-and-forth slog, though the Roosters ran riot over Warriors in the final twenty minutes of the match, scoring four unanswered tries to claim a big win and the first Premiership since 1975. 

The game was capped off by Bryan Fletcher's final Roosters try before his departure.

Club Legend and current Assistant Coach Craig Fitzgibbon was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal after an outstaning outing for the Tricolours.

Watch the highlights above and re-live the epic Premiership victory.

SQUAD LISTS

Sydney Roosters | New Zealand Warriors
1. Luke Phillips | 1. Ivan Cleary
2. Brett Mullins | 2. Justin Murphy
3. Shannon Hegarty | 3. John Carlaw
4. Justin Hodges | 4. Clinton Toopi
5. Anthony Minichiello | 5. Francis Meli
6. Brad Fittler (C) | 6. Motu Tony
7. Craig Wing | 7. Stacey Jones (C)
8. Jason Cayless | 8. Jerry Seu Seu
9. Simon Bonetti | 9. PJ Marsh
10. Peter Cusack | 10. Mark Tookey
14. Adrian Morley | 11. Ali Lauiti'iti
12. Craig Fitzgibbon | 12. Awen Guttenbeil
13. Luke Ricketson | 13. Kevin Campion
11. Bryan Fletcher | 14. Lance Hohaia
15. Andrew Lomu | 15. Richard Villasanti
16. Chris Flannery | 16. Wairangi Koopu
17. Michael Crocker | 17. Logan Swann
COACHES: Ricky Stuart | Daniel Anderson

CLIVE CHURCHILL MEDALIST: Craig Fitzgibbon

TRIES

23' Shannon Hegarty
58' Craig Wing
65' Craig Fitzgibbon
71' Chris Flannery
75' Bryan Fletcher
5/5 Goals: Craig Fitzgibbon