Struggling with the winter chill? Then let us take you back to the only premiership match to be played in snow – the Raiders’ Round 17 fixture against the Tigers in Canberra in 2000.
Inclement weather and plummeting temperatures resulted in a blanket of snow for the Bruce Stadium surface by the time the first grade fixture kicked off, setting the scene for one of the most unique first grade matches ever staged.
In conditions more commonly sighted in the frosty north of England, the Raiders won a see-sawing clash 24-22 over the fledgling joint venture – but the score hardly seemed important while players attempted to keep frostbite at bay.
Brett Mullins, Mark McLinden and Lesley Vainikolo were among the try-scorers for the Laurie Daley-led Raiders, while Craig Field, Kevin McGuinness and Tyran Smith found their way over the camouflaged try-line for a Tigers outfit captained by firebrand hooker Darren Senter.
A resilient 7,000-strong crowd turned out to see the match which sealed Canberra’s reputation as one of the NRL’s least desirable road trips.
Meanwhile, former Rabbitohs and Roosters hooker Sean Garlick was on the wrong end of some traditional snow-day hi-jinks in his role as a sideline commentator.