Ahead of this Sunday’s clash Flashback Friday celebrates 10 years since the clubs’ most remarkable showdown, when the resurgent Roosters and the finals-bound Warriors fought out a golden point draw that was heralded as one of the modern era’s greatest matches.
The Warriors fought back from 16-0 down to lead 18-16 at halftime at the SFS, and had charged to a 30-18 advantage by the time their centre Simon Mannering was controversially sin-binned.
The Roosters scored twice to level the scores while the Warriors were a man short, before Braith Anasta nailed a 38-metre field goal to nudge the home side in front in the dying minutes.
But the Warriors regained possession from a one-on-one strip and five-eighth Michael Witt landed an equalising one-pointer with 17 seconds on the clock. The frantic, thrilling golden point period failed to produce a scorer and the classic encounter fittingly finished 31-all.
Warriors interchange forward Sione Lauaki was an unlikely man-of-the-match, while Roosters pair Craig Wing and Braith Anasta also picked up Dally M points.
The accolades flowed for the Warriors and the Roosters in the wake of the rivals’ extraordinary draw. The Immortal Bob Fulton and Roosters supremo Nick Politis each described the game as one of the finest modern-day contests – a statement free of hyperbole that was echoed by virtually everyone that witnessed the 90-minute Rugby League masterpiece.
The match was ranked as the No.1 regular-season contest in premiership history in Commentary Box Sports writer and editor Will Evans’ 2014 book The Book of NRL Lists (co-authored with Nick Tedeschi).