Today the 16th ANZAC Day clash between Sydney Roosters and St George Illawarra Dragons will be played at Allianz Stadium.
In 2002, the clubs began a tradition of squaring off at the SFS on April 25 every year. Playing for the ANZAC Day Cup, the high-profile clubs consistently draw a bumper crowd – topping 40,000 in 2012 and ’13 – and have produced some of the NRL era’s most memorable regular-season encounters.
The Dragons have prevailed in the last two Anzac Day Cup matches, holding an 10-5 advantage over 15 seasons. The pre-match playing of the ‘Last Post’, and the presence of veterans and current servicemen and women, creates a unique and stirring build-up.
Too Good Tuesday recalls arguably the most thrilling Anzac Day showdown the clubs have engaged in to date, the Saints’ 26-24 triumph in 2005.
At the end of a topsy-turvy encounter in front of a 32,270-strong crowd – featuring a string a blistering tries – Dragons halfback Mathew Head took it upon himself to win the match for his side. The Saints trailed by four in the 77th minute when Head pulled out an audacious chip-and-chase on halfway before finding centre Matt Cooper with a long pass.
Cooper crossed out wide, leaving Head with a conversion from the sideline to snatch victory – which he duly did with one of the most memorable goals of the NRL era.