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Five of the Best: Allianz Stadium Moments

As we etch a new chapter in our history ahead of the first match at the brand-new Allianz Stadium, what better way to celebrate than to look back on some of the best moments at the old ground? 

With over 300 games to cast our eyes over, we've gone through the archives and narrowed it down to five of the best from 1988-2018. 

Simon Scores Four as Roosters Claim Spot in Decider: NRLW Round 3, 2018

In a remarkable turnaround, the Tricolours claimed a spot in the inaugural NRLW Grand Final following a dominant 26-nil victory over St George Illawarra in the final night at the original Allianz Stadium.

Having lost their first two matches by narrow margins, the Roosters rebounded against the Dragons, with winger Taleena Simon scoring an incredible four tries in a stellar effort. 

NRLW 2018 Round 3 Highlights: Roosters vs Dragons

Simon scored her first two of the night in near-identical fashion as a left-side sweep, before the fleet-footed winger pounced on a towering kick to add to her tally. A move off the scrum put Simon over for try no.4 just minutes before the break, giving the side a handy 16-nil lead.

Fellow winger Brydie Parker took advantage of another bomb to get herself on the scoresheet on debut, extending the lead ten minutes in, before Victoria Latu sealed the match with a powerful effort under the posts. 

The 26-point win was enough to propel the Roosters into the inaugural Grand Final in a fitting way for the side to leave their mark on the venue. 

Sydney Roosters 26 (Taleena Simon 4, Brydie Parker, Victoria Latu tries; Zahara Temara goal) def St George Illawarra Dragons 0


Freddy Steers Roosters to Decider: Finals Week 3, 2000

The original Allianz Stadium was a venue that saw Brad Fittler and Andrew Johns go toe-to-toe on many big occasions, and this one may just have been the very best with a spot in the 2000 Grand Final on the line. 

Newcastle flexed their muscles early in the contest before a Craig Fitzgibbon penalty goal put the Roosters on the board, but the visitors extended their lead to 16-2 at halftime, with Fittler's men facing an almighty mountain to climb.

Match Highlights: Roosters vs Knights Preliminary Final 2000

Not deterred from the task, the Roosters' Captain combined brilliantly with fullback Luke Phillips, who sent young winger Anthony Minichiello over with a fleeting grubber kick just after the break. 

Cometh the hour and cometh the man, it was Fittler who stole the show just two minutes later, famously intercepting a pass from Johns to streak away and score, injecting life into his side with the scores now at 16-14.

Easts then took the lead as Minichiello put Ryan Cross over, and while Newcastle fought back with a late try the Red, White and Blue held on to qualify for their first Grand Final in two decades, completing a famous 26-20 win.

Sydney Roosters 26 (Ryan Cross, Brad Fittler, Shannon Hegarty, Luke Phillips tries; Craig Fitzgibbon 5 goals) def Newcastle Knights 20


The 100-Minute Special: Finals Week 1, 2010

Rebuilding from a horror season, the renewed Tricolours found themselves back in the finals in 2010 and coming up against a red-hot Wests Tigers side in the first qualifying final.

The drama kicked off as Dally M Medallist Todd Carney made a miraculous tackle on hulking Englishman Gareth Ellis over the line, before a scuffle between Mitchell Pearce and Benji Marshall saw the two halves engage in a fiery clash.

Desperation from Anthony Minichiello held Blake Ayshford up, but the sheer weight of possession saw Lote Tuqiri and Beau Ryan go over as the Roosters trailed at half-time, before an intercept coupled with a field goal extended the deficit to 15-2.

Finals Week One, 2020 Highlights: Roosters vs Tigers

Hope was not gone yet as Carney injected himself into the contest by regathering a kick to put captain Braith Anasta over with just over a quarter of the match left, before Mitchell Pearce went over in the final minutes.

In typical Roosters fashion, the side's never-say-die attitude shone in the final minutes, with a miraculous scrum win breathing life into the team and giving them one last shot to claim victory. 

The heroics weren't over yet though, as the Roosters scrambled to level the scores as Minichiello swung the ball to Anasta, who sent the match into Golden Point and the crowd into raptures with a booming 30-metre field goal.

Both sides continued to go back and forth in extra time, as two missed field goals each failed to ice the match, but the 100-minute spectacle concluded as Shaun Kenny-Dowall raced onto a wayward pass to run 75 metres downfield and touch down in the corner and seal one of the most memorable victories in Club history. 

Sydney Roosters 19 (Braith Anasta, Mitchell Pearce, Shaun Kenny-Dowall tries; Todd Carney 3 goals; Braith Anasta field goal) def Wests Tigers 15


Bondi Wall Shut Out: Finals Week 1, 2013

Head Coach Trent Robinson had turned the Roosters into the defensive powerhouse of the competition in 2013, and the side’s transformation was on show in this hard-fought 4-nil victory against their eventual Grand Final opponents.

A place in the preliminary final was up for grabs, and the Tricolours were determined to retain their impeccable defensive record, having shut out five teams throughout the regular season.

After a gruelling first ten minutes filled with plenty of attrition and vigour, James Maloney calmly dribbled a grubber kick that was swooped on by a flying Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, who contorted himself to touch down in the corner.

Finals Week 1, 2013 Highlights: Roosters vs Sea Eagles

Just minutes later the lead looked likely to extend as a bat-on from Maloney saw Daniel Tupou destined to score, only for the winger to be put into touch as he reached the line.

The defensive pressure from the Roosters then shut down two raids from their opponents to prevent tries as the narrow 4-nil score remained at the break. 

Despite being three quarters into the match, there were no further points as the sides fought tooth and nail to open up opportunities, and Mitchell Pearce came to the rescue for his side as a Manly break saw him cleverly take a wayward offload.

Frenetic play continued as both sides displayed desperation, and the Roosters’ tenacity on their line denied Kieran Foran, with James Maloney taking possession of an offload in the final stages to solidify an incredible 4-nil win.

Sydney Roosters 4 (Roger Tuivasa-Sheck try) def Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 0


End of An Era: Finals Week 3, 2018

In the final ever match at the old Allianz Stadium, everything was on the line as the Red, White and Blue faced off against arch-rivals South Sydney for a spot in the 2018 Grand Final.

Under the guidance of Cooper Cronk and the dazzling James Tedesco, the Roosters had risen once again and were determined to add to the Club's trophy cabinet after claiming the Minor Premiership.

In an intense match up between the game's greatest rivals, the combatants came together in the early exchanges, and while Souths took an early penalty goal, Daniel Tupou touched down just minutes later after a slick movement.

Defensive pressure forced a forward pass as the visitors attempted to return serve, but a dubious penalty in front saw the scoreboard read 4-nil at the break with another penalty goal slotted.

Finals Week 3, 2018 Highlights: Roosters vs Rabbitohs

But ten minutes into the second stanza, the men from Bondi edged ahead as Joseph Manu slipped an offload for Blake Ferguson to step in and score, before Luke Keary's pinpoint kick found rookie Paul Momirovski for the match-winner.

Souths looked to bring the game to a one-score contest with a minute remaining, but after missing a third penalty shot, the Roosters took home a famous 12-4 win in front of a record 44,380 crowd en route to their fourteenth Premiership. 

Sydney Roosters 12 (Daniel Tupou, Blake Ferguson, Paul Momirovski tries) def South Sydney Rabbitohs 4



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