The Premiers of 2002 etched a number of Roosters into Club folklore, and in the process, broke a 27-year drought to bring the trophy to Bondi for the first time since 1975.
Despite being in the infancy of his coaching career, former Test halfback Ricky Stuart was called upon as Head Coach for the season, with former mentor Phil Gould assigned as a coaching director.
2002 Grand Final Highlights: Roosters vs Warriors
Still only 34 years of age and just two years after retiring from the game, Stuart had shown potential, guiding Canterbury's Jersey Flegg side to a title the season prior.
Overcoming a dire opening five rounds which saw just one win and a casualty ward of 15 players, the 12th placed Tricolours bounced back in style with a 58-12 win over the North Queensland Cowboys, going on to win nine of the next eleven matches.
Favourite son Luke Ricketson broke the Club's all-time record for most caps in Round 14, besting fellow one-club man Kevin Hastings' record which stood from 1987.
Three losses on the trot saw the side seven points from the top four, but a turning point came in Round 22 when they bounced the Broncos in Brisbane, 28-18, kick-starting a nine-match winning streak.
Due to acquiring a new sponsor on the playing shorts, the Roosters were forced to wear an all-white strip that night, and Stuart's superstitions saw his players don the colours for the remaining away matches, becoming synonymous with the side.
Five strong wins - including a final round 30-18 win over Cronulla - saw the Tricolours sneak into fourth place with the finals looming.
Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Ivan ClearyFullback for Roosters is number 1 Luke Phillips
Winger for Warriors is number 2 Justin MurphyWinger for Roosters is number 2 Brett Mullins
Centre for Warriors is number 3 John CarlawCentre for Roosters is number 3 Shannon Hegarty
Centre for Warriors is number 4 Clinton ToopiCentre for Roosters is number 4 Justin Hodges
Winger for Warriors is number 5 Francis MeliWinger for Roosters is number 5 Anthony Minichiello
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Motu TonyFive-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Brad Fittler
Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Stacey JonesHalfback for Roosters is number 7 Craig Wing
Prop for Warriors is number 8 Jerry SeuseuProp for Roosters is number 8 Jason Cayless
Hooker for Warriors is number 9 PJ MarshHooker for Roosters is number 9 Simon Bonetti
Prop for Warriors is number 10 Mark TookeyProp for Roosters is number 10 Peter Cusack
2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Ali Lauiti'iti2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Craig Fitzgibbon
2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Awen Guttenbeil2nd Row for Roosters is number 14 Adrian Morley
Lock for Warriors is number 13 Kevin CampionLock for Roosters is number 13 Luke Ricketson
Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Lance HohaiaInterchange for Roosters is number 11 Bryan Fletcher
Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Richard VillasantiInterchange for Roosters is number 15 Andrew Lomu
Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Wairangi KoopuInterchange for Roosters is number 16 Chris Flannery
Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Logan SwannInterchange for Roosters is number 17 Michael Crocker
- Referee: Bill Harrigan
Taking on the Sharks in the first week, the Red, White and Blue cruised past with a 32-20 victory, before a torrid semi-final against the Newcastle Knights saw the Roosters triumph 38-12, mostly thanks to a Craig Fitzgibbon 95-metre intercept try.
Erasing the pain of the 2000 Grand Final, Brad Fittler's men charged into their second decider in three seasons - even after hooker Simon Bonetti and Ricketson succumbed to injury - to overcome a 12-8 half-time deficit and storm home against the Brisbane Broncos in the preliminary final, winning 16-12.
While there was doubt of Ricketson featuring in the 2002 decider, the local junior pushed through adversity to take his place in the decider after being cleared to play at midday of the game.
The Roosters found themselves on the scoreboard first through Shannon Hegarty, and while they trailed 6-8 just after halftime, captain Fittler kicked a 40/20 before putting his halves partner Craig Wing over to reclaim a narrow 14-8 lead.
One of the most memorable Grand Final moments soon followed as the skipper courageously recovered from an ugly hit courtesy of Warriors' hitman Richard Villasanti, which was the spark the side needed as they rallied behind their leader.
Fitzgibbon wrestled his way to the line in an exhaustive effort, before young utility Chris Flannery dived on a Fittler grubber to extend the lead further, while fan favourite Bryan Fletcher marked his final game in the Red, White and Blue with a trademark four-pointer in the dying stages.
A stirring performance from Fitzgibbon saw the backrower claim the Clive Churchill Medal as he added five goals to his name, and the Roosters washed away 27 years of heartache to claim the Club's 12th Premiership.
Sydney Roosters 30 (Craig Fitzgibbon, Chris Flannery, Bryan Fletcher, Shannon Hegarty, Craig Wing tries; Craig Fitzgibbon 5 goals) defeat New Zealand Warriors 8
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