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A Decade To Celebrate | 2010

As we farewell the decade that was from 2010 to 2019, the Sydney Roosters look back on an extremely memorable ten seasons for the Club.

It was a season with plenty of ups and downs, but 2010 was the beginning of a special ten year stretch for the Tricolours.

Let's take a stroll down memory lane and remember the first of our ten celebrated seasons. 

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.

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 Sydney Roosters were 2-0 to kick off their 2010 campaign, with wins over the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Wests Tigers.
The Sydney Roosters were 2-0 to kick off their 2010 campaign, with wins over the South Sydney Rabbitohs and 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. 

Stay tuned over the weeks to follow as we look at the remaining nine years of a decade to celebrate!