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A Decade To Celebrate | 2012

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.

Despite missing out on the NRL finals in 2012, the Roosters set a number of building blocks to set up many years of future success.

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

The Sydney Roosters celebrate winning the Foundation Cup in Round 25.
The Sydney Roosters celebrate winning the Foundation Cup in Round 25.


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. 

Mini and Boyd celebrate their incredible try, while the rest of the squad await the green lights.
Mini and Boyd celebrate their incredible try, while the rest of the squad await the green lights.

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.


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 2012

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

If you're reading about the Roosters for the first time, you won't BELIEVE how things unfold in 2013! Stay tuned.

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.