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Top 10 Highlights of 2022: Farewelling the SCG with a Bang

Season 2022 provided plenty of memorable moments, and through the off-season, we'll be counting down the top 10 highlights of the year that was.

After calling the Sydney Cricket Ground home over the last four seasons, the Roosters played their final match at the hallowed ground in Round 23 - and ensured they left a lasting impression.

Round 23 Highlights: Roosters vs Tigers

Taking on the lowly Wests Tigers and now on a five-match winning streak, Easts piled on the points in a record 72-6 demolition job.

Despite not getting on the board until the 11th minute, the Tricolours opened with Nat Butcher, and a tick over 10 minutes later, fellow back rower Angus Crichton joined him on the scoreboard.

Crichton added to his tally before Butcher Struck back, while Captain James Tedesco finished off a long-range break to give his side a commanding 30-nil lead at halftime.

The Red, White and Blue wave continued to crash over the SCG, with Connor Watson ducking and weaving his way to the line on resumption, with Drew Hutchison crossing over in the centres soon after.

All of a sudden Butcher had his first career hat trick sewn up with half an hour remaining, and a runaway Luke Keary saw Daniel Tupou continue his try-scoring feats, bringing up a half-century on the scoreboard.

Quick hands saw the veteran winger over for a double not long after, and while a consolation intercept gave the Tigers their first and only points of the night, Trent Robinson's men were far from done with the job. 

A kick through the line from Sam Walker saw Butcher claim his fourth try of the night, and with just seconds to spare, powerful front rower Matt Lodge reached out to bring the final scoreline to an incredible 72-6. 

A number of records were set; which saw Butcher become the first forward in seven decades to score four tries, while Walker kicked a perfect 12 from 12 conversions, sitting in second place on the Club's tally for most goals in a game.

Butcher's Historic Four Try Haul

It also marked the biggest-ever Rugby League score on the famous pitch, as well as the Club's biggest winning margin and scoreline since the legendary 1935 season. 

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