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The Weeks That Made Us | March 30

Here's a glance at how this week in history looked for the Sydney Roosters over the last three decades.

March 30

2003: Penrith end the Sydney Roosters’ undefeated run of 11 successive victories when they score a 23-22 upset win at Aussie Stadium.

2012: Sydney Roosters captain Braith Anasta announces his departure from the Club to join the Wests Tigers, commencing in 2013.

Braith Anasta played seven seasons with the Sydney Roosters. He was Captain for three of those years.
Braith Anasta played seven seasons with the Sydney Roosters. He was Captain for three of those years.

March 31

2004: The Daily Telegraph reports that Sydney Roosters assistant coaches John Cartwright and David Gillespie have helped forward Adrian Morley to modify his tackling style. ‘I’m no good to anyone if I am suspended,’ Morley said.

2012: Roosters defeat the Warriors at Allianz Stadium on Arthur Beetson remembrance night.

Roosters v Warriors Rd5 2012 (Hls)

April 1

1992: After 26 years at the helm of the Eastern Suburbs Leagues Club, secretary-manager Ron Jones announces his retirement.

Ron Jones with Club Legend Arthur Beetson.
Ron Jones with Club Legend Arthur Beetson.

1996: The Sydney City Roosters and the Sydney Swans agree to a historic alliance.

2013: Parramatta are swamped 50-0 by Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium for their second consecutive shut-out of the year. It is the worst defeat of Ricky Stuart’s coaching career.

James Maloney instructing the troops in 2013.
James Maloney instructing the troops in 2013.

April 2

2003 Sydney Roosters rookie Anthony Tupou breaks his leg at training less than 24 hours after being selected to make his first grade debut.

Anthony Tupou went on to make his debut in 2004.
Anthony Tupou went on to make his debut in 2004.

April 3

2000: Roosters forward Craig Fitzgibbon defies the pain of a suspected broken jaw to kick his team to a last-minute 20-18 victory over the Knights.

Craig Fitzgibbon finished the match with a broken jaw.
Craig Fitzgibbon finished the match with a broken jaw.

April 4

2008: Former Bulldog Willie Mason scores two tries for his new club as the Sydney Roosters run roughshod over the Bulldogs 40-12 in the most hyped match in years. Anticipated fireworks between Mason and former team-mate Sonny Bill Williams fail to eventuate. The match is watched by a crowd of 36,526.

Willie Mason and Sonny Bill Williams embrace following their first meeting as opposition.
Willie Mason and Sonny Bill Williams embrace following their first meeting as opposition.

2019: Roosters begin what is still an unbroken winning streak at the Sydney Cricket Ground with a dominant victory over the Brisbane Broncos

Highlights | Roosters v Broncos

April 5

1994: Eastern Suburbs sign Arthur Beetson as recruitment officer.

Arthur Beetson watches on with excitement at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Arthur Beetson watches on with excitement at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

2007: The Daily Telegraph reports that Bulldogs prop Mark O’Meley has agreed to a three-year deal with the Sydney Roosters worth $1.2 million.

Mark O'Meley played two seasons with the Tricolours in 2008 and 2009.
Mark O'Meley played two seasons with the Tricolours in 2008 and 2009.

This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.