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Milestones to look forward to in 2021

With season 2021 almost here, there is a golden opportunity for a number of Roosters to etch their names into Club history as they look to achieve personal milestones. 

Milestones for 2021

Player Milestone Round Due to Reach Notes
Angus Crichton 100 NRL Games Round 5 vs Sharks, SCG Has played 55 games with Rabbitohs
Joseph Manu 100 NRL Games Round 9 vs Eels, Bankwest Stadium All with Roosters
Bronze Rooster
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 250 NRL Games

250 Roosters Games
Round 14 vs Titans, CBUS Super Stadium

Round 20 vs Eels, BB Print Stadium, Mackay 
Goes into Top 5 Most Capped Roosters
Sitili Tupouniua 50 NRL Games Round 16 vs Melbourne Storm, McDonald Jones Stadium  
Sio Siua Taukeiaho 150 NRL Games

150 Roosters Games
Round 25 vs Raiders

Finals Week 1
 
Isaac Liu 200 NRL Games Round 24 vs Rabbitohs, Suncorp Stadium All with Roosters
Silver Rooster
Daniel Tupou 200 NRL Games Finals Week 1 All with Roosters
Silver Rooster
Josh Morris Second most tries for an active player N/A  

While none of these milestones are guaranteed considering representative duties, injuries and team selection all play their part throughout the season, there is plenty to look forward to for our boys in Red, White and Blue.

The first milestone looms with Angus Crichton having the opportunity to reach a personal milestone of 100 NRL games in our Round 5 clash against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

A century is on the cards in Round 9 against the Parramatta Eels at Bankwest Stadium as Joseph Manu looks to take the field in the Tricolours for the 100th time. For Manu, it will also mark his 100th NRL match, making the occasion all the more special for the Māori All Star.  

Another dual celebration is on the cards in Round 14 when we take on the Gold Coast Titans at CBUS Super Stadium, with forward leader Jared Waerea-Hargreaves set to play his 250th NRL match. Two rounds later young gun backrower Sitili Tupouniua, reaching 50 NRL games (all with the Roosters).

Waerea-Hargreaves will earn a unique place in Roosters' history in Round 20 in our return match with the Eels at the SCG, as he aspires to become just the fifth Rooster in history to reach 250 games in the famous colours.

The final stretch of the season will be a special one for Siosiua Taukeiaho, reaching 150 NRL games in Round 25 against the Canberra Raiders, followed by 150 Roosters games one week later in the first week of finals. 

Two long-serving Roosters will be aiming to hit a double century as Isaac Liu (Round 24 vs South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium) and Daniel Tupou (Finals Week 1) achieve the rare feat of playing 200 games - all of which have been in the Tricolours of the Roosters. 

 

Most First Grade Games for Club 

306 Mitchell Aubusson (2007-2020) 228 Kevin Hastings (1976-1987)
302 Anthony Minichiello (2000-2014) 224 Shaun Kenny-Dowall (2007-2017)
301 Luke Ricketson (1991-2005) 217 Brad Fittler (1996-2004)
263 Jake Friend (2008-2021) 199 Isaac Liu (2013-2021)
252 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (2010-present) 197 Daniel Tupou (2012-present)
238 Mitchell Pearce (2007-2017) 195 Barry Reilly (1966-1971, 1973-1979)
228 Craig Fitzgibbon (2000-2009) 195 Mark Harris (1970-1979)

Front rower Jared Waerea-Hargreaves can force himself into the top five for most capped Roosters with eight more games to his name - a feat very much achievable as early as Round 8 at Macdonald Jones Stadium against the Newcastle Knights

Most First Grade Games as Captain for Club 

199 Brad Fittler 72 Boyd Cordner
121 Jake Friend 71 Craig Fitzgibbon
98 Braith Anasta 68 Hugh McGahan
85 Ray Stehr 67 Royce Ayliffe
84 Arthur Beetson 62 Dave Brown
78 Terry Fearnley    

Most Tries for the Club

139 Anthony Minichiello (301 games) 104 Bill Mullins (190 games)
121 Shaun Kenny-Dowall (224 games) 93 Dave Brown (94 games)
116 Daniel Tupou (197 games) 91 Brad Fittler (217 games)

On a try-scoring perspective, Daniel Tupou has an opportunity to eclipse the legendary Bill Mullins with three more tries to his name, a feat certainly achievable heading into the year. With 20 tries to his name, Tupou will be able to jump Shaun Kenny-Dowall's 121 tries, which is certainly an achievable goal. 

* denotes current player