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The Best Roosters Anzac Day Moments

As the Roosters look to honour the traditional Anzac Day Cup, let's look back at some of the great moments over the years and then you can have your say on the standout.

From the six selections below, recap the moments and vote in the poll at the bottom of the page. 

From Brad Fittler's individual brilliance in his final Anzac Cup game, or Siosiua Taukeiaho's 2019 heroics, it's going to be a tough choice for the Roosters community

2004 | Fittler individual brilliance

After falling short in the previous year’s Anzac Day clash, the Roosters were out to correct past mistakes in 2004’s battle.

They found themselves trailing in the opening half, and it would take a monumental solo effort from Captain Brad Fittler in his final Anzac Day clash to give his team a second half boost.

He did it all himself with the dummy-and-go, right foot step and sprint over just beside the uprights to ensure an easy conversion to lock the game up.

The Tricolours went on to win that match 11-8.

Freddy Solo Brilliance

2013 | Sonny Bill offload sparks Roosters to emphatic win

The Roosters hadn’t won an Anzac Day match since 2007, and 2013 would spell the end of the drought for a determined Tricolours outfit in what was a record-setting crowd at Allianz Stadium

Fans would have fond memories of the three straight first half tries that saw the Roosters wreak havoc over the Dragons.

The most iconic of those moments would be the Anthony Minichiello try that started with an incredible and textbook offload from new recruit Sonny Bill Williams.

Sonny Bill Showcases Signature Offload

2014 | Left edge magic in full flight

After a legendary performance over the Dragons the year prior, the Roosters would need to back up their previous brilliance to ensure two straight Anzac Cups.

While the Roosters managed an epic victory on the day, it was this moment of brilliance from the left edge that stood out for the Tricolours.

Their combination was the talk of the town in 2014, and this try was the perfect showcase of why that was the case.

Both went on to play State Of Origin for the winning Blues side that year.

Left Edge Anzac Day Brilliance

2016 | Matterson seals dream debut

In the midst of a tough start to the season for the Tricolours, a shining light came on Anzac Day when Ryan Matterson was given the opportunity to make his debut on the big stage.

He was impressive in his first NRL outing, and sealed the debut and a spot in the regular squad when he managed to score a hard earned four-pointer.


2017 | Mitchell Pearce golden field goal

Arguably the most memorable of the Anzac Day victories, 2017 was the first Anzac Cup clash to go to Golden Point.

It was a back-and-forth battle that saw neither side offering an inch to their opponent.

In front of a sold out crowd at Allianz Stadium, Mitchell Pearce pulled off the field goal of the year to sink the Dragons.


2019 | TKO game winner

In 2019 the Roosters had one of their most memorable Anzac Day Moments to date when Siosiua Taukeiaho iced the victory in the closing stages by snatching a loose ball, barging his way through the defence and planting the ball down. 

His emotional celebration says all you need to know about Taukeiaho as a player and what his Club, his country and the Anzac Day clash mean to him. 

He was also awarded the Fan Voted Man Of The Match honours for the match. 

MusclePharm Moment Of The Year Winner

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