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The 2006 National Rugby League season consisted of 25 weekly regular season rounds starting on 11 March, followed by four weeks of play-offs that culminated in a grand final on 1 October.

Contents

Regular seasonEdit

Round 1Edit

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  Wests Tigers 24-15   St. George Illawarra Dragons 11 March 2006 7:30 pm Telstra Stadium P. Simpkins 27,865
  Newcastle Knights 25-6   Parramatta Eels 12 March 2006 5:30 pm Energy Australia Stadium R. Smith 26,198
  Canterbury Bulldogs 22-24   Penrith Panthers 12 March 2006 7:30 pm Telstra Stadium S. Hampstead 17,510
  Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 14-27   Canberra Raiders 12 March 2006 7:30 pm Brookvale Oval S. Hayne 17,135
  New Zealand Warriors 16-22   Melbourne Storm 13 March 2006 2:00 pm Ericsson Stadium S. Clark 10,031
  Brisbane Broncos 4-36   North Queensland Cowboys 13 March 2006 2:00 pm Suncorp Stadium T. Archer 46,229
  South Sydney Rabbitohs 22-40   Sydney Roosters 13 March 2006 2:30 pm Telstra Stadium J. Robinson 16,741
  Cronulla Sharks Bye

Round 2Edit

  • Many records were broken in this round. The Cowboy's Matt Sing scores his 150th try in first-grade, the sixth player to do so. Canterbury's Hazem El Masri scored 34 points, a club record.
  • The extremely hot conditions on the Sunday afternoon of this round affected two games in particular. In Wollongong, a slow-moving, somewhat sloppy game saw St George Illawarra in their first ever period of golden point extra time, going down to Penrith 13-12. On the other hand, at Canberra, an all-time premiership record 102 points were scored between Newcastle and Canberra. This surpasses the previous record of 97 points scored in St. George's 91-6 defeat of Canterbury in 1935.
Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  Canterbury Bulldogs 47-12   Wests Tigers 18 March 2006 7:30 pm Telstra Stadium Stephen Clark 32,578
  New Zealand Warriors 14-22   Parramatta Eels 19 March 2006 5:30 pm Ericsson Stadium Sean Hampstead 16,089
  Cronulla Sharks 12-16   Brisbane Broncos 19 March 2006 7:30 pm Toyota Park Russell Smith 14,221
  North Queensland Cowboys 20-16   Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 19 March 2006 7:30 pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Paul Simpkins 23,296
  Sydney Roosters 18-22   Melbourne Storm 20 March 2006 2:00 pm Aussie Stadium Tony Archer 10,841
  St. George Illawarra Dragons 12-13   Penrith Panthers 20 March 2006 3:00 pm WIN Stadium Shayne Hayne 12,098
  Canberra Raiders 32-70   Newcastle Knights 20 March 2006 2:30 pm Canberra Stadium Jason Robinson 11,606
  South Sydney Rabbitohs Bye

Round 3Edit

  • The Newcastle Knights has scored 116 points in the last two weeks with a 46-22 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs
  • The Brisbane Broncos have won their first back to back wins since rounds 18 and 19 of the previous season.
  • The Raiders have conceded 126 points in their last 2 games after a 56-20 loss to the Roosters.
Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  Newcastle Knights 46-22   Canterbury Bulldogs 24 March 2006 7:30 pm EnergyAustralia Stadium Steve Clark 25,504
  New Zealand Warriors 26-10   Wests Tigers 25 March 2006 5:30 pm Jade Stadium Russel Smith 21,346
  Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 20-18   Cronulla Sharks 25 March 2006 7:30 pm Brookvale Oval Sean Hampstead 13,114
  North Queensland Cowboys 40-8   Melbourne Storm 25 March 2006 7:30 pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Paul Simpkins 14,675
  St. George Illawarra Dragons 44-14   South Sydney Rabbitohs 26 March 2006 2:00 pm Telstra Stadium Jason Robinson 16,049
  Sydney Roosters 56-20   Canberra Raiders 26 March 2006 2:30 pm Aussie Stadium Shayne Hayne 9,826
  Brisbane Broncos 30-10   Parramatta Eels 26 March 2006 3:00 pm Suncorp Stadium Tony Archer 25,525
  Penrith Panthers Bye

Round 4Edit

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  Parramatta Eels 18-26   North Queensland Cowboys 31 March 2006 7:30 pm Parramatta Stadium Paul Simpkins 14,131
  Cronulla Sharks 24-22   South Sydney Rabbitohs 1 April 2006 5:30 pm Toyota Park Shayne Hayne 12,274
  Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 30-22   Sydney Roosters 1 April 2006 7:30 pm Brookvale Oval Tony Archer 17,117
  Canberra Raiders 21-20   Penrith Panthers 2 April 2006 7:30 pm Canberra Stadium Gavin Badger 9,399
  Wests Tigers 30-28   Melbourne Storm 3 April 2006 2:00 pm Leichhardt Oval Jason Robinson 17,803
  St. George Illawarra Dragons 26-12   Brisbane Broncos 3 April 2006 2:30 pm WIN Stadium Sean Hampstead 13,708
  Newcastle Knights 22-26   New Zealand Warriors 3 April 2006 3:00 pm EnergyAustralia Stadium Russell Smith 18,359
  Canterbury Bulldogs Bye

Round 5Edit

  • It was a Grand Final rematch between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Wests Tigers, this time the previous season's runners-up North Queensland taking the game 32-12.
  • The Bulldogs became the first team to win after a Bye this year with a comprehensive 12-30 drubbing of the Raiders in Canberra
Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  North Queensland Cowboys 32-12   Wests Tigers 7 April 2006 7:30 pm Dairy Farmers Stadium S. Clark 20,262
  Brisbane Broncos 30-12   South Sydney Rabbitohs 8 April 2006 5:30 pm Suncorp Stadium G. Badger 20,816
  Cronulla Sharks 24-28   Sydney Roosters 8 April 2006 7:30 pm Toyota Park S. Hampstead 12,331
  St. George Illawarra Dragons 6-54   Newcastle Knights 8 April 2006 7:30 pm WIN Stadium T. Archer 17,367
  New Zealand Warriors 8-22   Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 9 April 2006 2:00 pm Ericsson Stadium R. Smith 7,888
  Canberra Raiders 12-30   Canterbury Bulldogs 9 April 2006 2:00 pm Canberra Stadium J. Robertson 12,125
  Parramatta Eels 18-44   Penrith Panthers 9 April 2006 2:30 pm Parramatta Stadium S. Hayne 14,194
  Melbourne Storm Bye

Round 6Edit

A very rare event occurred in Round 6 – a referee was injured during a match. In the 28th minute of the Newcastle vs Nth Qld match, referee Paul Simpkins blew time off and made his way off the field with an injured calf muscle. A replacement referee was organised – Tony De Las Heras, who had refereed the Jersey Flegg (third-tier competition) match earlier, was brought onto the field to take control of the rest of the match. Coincidentally, De Las Heras was the subject of the next instance a referee was injured in an NRL match, in Round 19, 2009.

Also, for the first time in 8 years, first grade competitive rugby league returned to Adelaide after the Adelaide Rams were excluded from the competition after the 1998 season. The Penrith Panthers hosted the Melbourne Storm at Hindmarsh Stadium, which was won by Melbourne 40-18. However, Rugby league officials were hoping for an attendance of at least 10,000, and were disappointed with the attendance of only 7,017.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  Sydney Roosters 6-24   Brisbane Broncos 14 April 2006 7:30 pm Aussie Stadium S. Clark 21,246
  Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 24-26   St. George Illawarra Dragons 15 April 2006 5:30 pm Brookvale Oval S. Hayne 18,069
  Canberra Raiders 18-14   New Zealand Warriors 15 April 2006 7:30 pm Canberra Stadium G. Badger 7,174
  Penrith Panthers 18-40   Melbourne Storm 15 April 2006 7:30 pm Hindmarsh Stadium T. Archer 7,017
  Wests Tigers 42-16   Cronulla Sharks 16 April 2006 2:00 pm Campbelltown Stadium J. Robinson 15,550
  Newcastle Knights 16-18   North Queensland Cowboys 16 April 2006 2:00 pm EnergyAustralia Stadium P. Simpkins, Tom Les Das Heras 26,048
  Canterbury Bulldogs 26-18   South Sydney Rabbitohs 17 April 2006 2:30 pm Telstra Stadium R. Smith 19,529
  Parramatta Eels Bye

Round 7Edit

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  Parramatta Eels 28-16   Wests Tigers 21 April 2006 7:30 pm Parramatta Stadium T. Archer 21,141
  New Zealand Warriors 46-14   South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 April 2006 5:30 pm Ericsson Stadium J. Robinson 8,015
  Cronulla Sharks 24-22   North Queensland Cowboys 22 April 2006 7:30 pm Toyota Park G. Badger 9,025
  Melbourne Storm 52-6   Newcastle Knights 22 April 2006 7:30 pm Olympic Park R. Smith 9,084
  Canterbury Bulldogs 14-40   Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 23 April 2006 2:00 pm Telstra Stadium S. Hampstead 13,621
  Brisbane Broncos 30-6   Penrith Panthers 23 April 2006 3:00 pm Suncorp Stadium S. Hayne 25,133
  St. George Illawarra Dragons 22-12   Sydney Roosters 25 April 2006 2:30 pm Aussie Stadium S. Clark 31,105
  Canberra Raiders Bye

Round 8Edit

Brisbane Broncos recorded their biggest comeback in the club's history when they came from 18-0 down at halftime to win 30-28 against the Canberra Raiders at Suncorp Stadium.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  Cronulla Sharks 40-12   Penrith Panthers 28 April 2006 7:30 pm Toyota Park S. Hampstead 16,268
  North Queensland Cowboys 18-22   Sydney Roosters 29 April 2006 5:30 pm Dairy Farmers Stadium S. Hayne 21,175
  Melbourne Storm 24-10   St. George Illawarra Dragons 29 April 2006 7:30 pm Olympic Park T. Archer 8.694
  Brisbane Broncos 30-28   Canberra Raiders 29 April 2006 7:30 pm Suncorp Stadium R. Smith 23,582
  New Zealand Warriors 16-30   Canterbury Bulldogs 30 April 2006 12:00 pm Ericsson Stadium G. Badger 11,604
  South Sydney Rabbitohs 18-24   Newcastle Knights 30 April 2006 2:00 pm Telstra Stadium J. Robinson 8,649
  Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 23-22   Parramatta Eels 30 April 2006 3:00 pm SCG S. Clark 19,208
  Wests Tigers Bye

Round 9Edit

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  North Queensland Cowboys 22-6   Penrith Panthers 6 May 2006 5:30 pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Ben Cummins 16,808
  South Sydney Rabbitohs 14-38   Melbourne Storm 6 May 2006 7:30 pm Telstra Stadium Gavin Badger 8,083
  Parramatta Eels 10-30   Canberra Raiders 6 May 2006 7:30 pm Parramatta Stadium Jason Robinson 10,146
  Cronulla Sharks 30-12   St. George Illawarra Dragons 7 May 2006 12:00 pm Toyota Park Stephen Clark 18,845
  Wests Tigers 24-18   Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 7 May 2006 2:00 pm Leichhardt Oval Russell Smith 20,231
  Newcastle Knights 32-30   Brisbane Broncos 7 May 2006 2:00 pm EnergyAustralia Stadium Tony Archer 21,252
  Sydney Roosters 14-30   Canterbury Bulldogs 7 May 2006 3:00 pm Aussie Stadium Sean Hampstead 16,121
  New Zealand Warriors Bye

Round 10Edit

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  St George Illawarra Dragons 22-16   New Zealand Warriors 13 May 2006 5:30 pm WIN Stadium G. Badger 10,117
  Melbourne Storm 18-6   North Queensland Cowboys 13 May 2006 7:30 pm Olympic Park S. Clark 10,830
  Brisbane Broncos 32-10   Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 13 May 2006 7:30 pm Suncorp Stadium J. Robinson 24,991
  Canterbury Bulldogs 22-18   Parramatta Eels 14 May 2006 2:30 pm Telstra Stadium S. Hayne 13,159
  Penrith Panthers 32-20   South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 May 2006 3:00 pm CUA Stadium J. Maxwell 10,991
  Wests Tigers 16-18   Newcastle Knights 14 May 2006 3:00 pm Campbelltown Stadium S. Hampstead 14,499
  Canberra Raiders 28-38   Cronulla Sharks 14 May 2006 3:00 pm Canberra Stadium B. Cummins 9,695
  Sydney Roosters Bye

Round 11Edit

  • Parramatta played their first game under stand-in coach Jason Taylor, following Brian Smith's resignation earlier in the week.[1] Following this announcement, star Parramatta players Mark Riddell and Tim Smith were fined $5000 each and relegated to Premier League by Parramatta after turning up to Monday morning training intoxicated.[2]
  • All six home teams won their respective matches over the weekend.
Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  Penrith Panthers 30-20   Parramatta Eels 19 May 2006 7:30 pm CUA Stadium S. Clark 16,764
  New Zealand Warriors 34-12   Wests Tigers 20 May 2006 7:30 pm Ericsson Stadium J. Maxwell 8,210
  Newcastle Knights 22-12   Canberra Raiders 20 May 2006 7:30 pm Energy Australia Stadium J. Robinson 18,236
  Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 34-12   Melbourne Storm 20 May 2006 7:30 pm Brookvale Oval G. Badger 9,338
  Canterbury Bulldogs 32-24   Cronulla Sharks 21 May 2006 2:30 pm Telstra Stadium T. Archer 12,728
  Sydney Roosters 28-26   South Sydney Rabbitohs 21 May 2006 3:00 pm Aussie Stadium S. Hayne 13,221
  Brisbane Broncos Bye
  St George Illawarra Dragons Bye
  North Queensland Cowboys Bye

Round 12Edit

  • Cronulla Sharks hooker Tevita Latu is stood down from the club on Monday 22 May after claims from 19-year-old Brooke Peninton that the player punched her in the face.[3] After being arrested on late on Monday, he was granted police bail to face Sutherland Local Court on 15 June.[4] He was later sacked by the Cronulla club and deregistered by the National Rugby League the following Wednesday.
  • For just the 3rd time since its inception in 2003, there were 2 Golden Point games in the same round.
Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  Newcastle Knights 12-38   St George Illawarra Dragons 26 May 2006 7:30 pm Energy Australia Stadium T. Archer 23,356
  North Queensland Cowboys 14-15   Canberra Raiders 27 May 2006 5:30 pm Dairy Farmers Stadium G. Badger 16,971
  Cronulla Sharks 34-20   New Zealand Warriors 27 May 2006 7:30 pm Toyota Park B. Cummins 9,490
  Brisbane Broncos 25-6   Canterbury Bulldogs 27 May 2006 7:30 pm Suncorp Stadium S. Clark 30,589
  Melbourne Storm 17-16   Penrith Panthers 28 May 2006 2:30 pm Olympic Park S. Hayne 7,899
  South Sydney Rabbitohs 4-44   Wests Tigers 28 May 2006 3:00 pm Telstra Stadium P. Simpkins 13,640
  Parramatta Eels 22-20   Sydney Roosters 28 May 2006 3:00 pm Parramatta Stadium S. Hampstead 13,044
  Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Bye

Round 13Edit

It took 70 minutes to score a point in the St. George Illawarra Dragons and Parramatta Eels game with Parramatta's five-eighth John Morris popped over a field goal to make it 1-0 to Parramatta. But eventually St. George Illwarra found their rhythm to go out 8-1 winners.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  St George Illawarra Dragons 8-1   Parramatta Eels 2 June 2006 7:30 pm Oki Jubilee Stadium S. Hampstead 9,075
  Melbourne Storm 20-16   Sydney Roosters 3 June 2006 5:30 pm Olympic Park B. Cummins 8,491
  Canberra Raiders 24-22   South Sydney Rabbitohs 3 June 2006 7:30 pm Canberra Stadium J. Maxwell 10,150
  Canterbury Bulldogs 38-22   Newcastle Knights 3 June 2006 7:30 pm Telstra Stadium P. Simpkins 12,658
  New Zealand Warriors 18-23   Brisbane Broncos 4 June 2006 2:00 pm Ericsson Stadium S. Hayne 7,746
  Penrith Panthers 22-29   Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 4 June 2006 2:30 pm CUA Stadium T. Archer 10,256
  Wests Tigers 24-14   North Queensland Cowboys 4 June 2006 3:00 pm Telstra Stadium S. Clark 15,736
  Cronulla Sharks Bye

Round 14Edit

  • The South Sydney Rabbitohs were able to record their first victory for the 2006 season, taking advantage of Brisbane's depleted line-up due to State of Origin commitments to prevail 34-14 at Telstra Stadium. A crowd of just 6,537, the smallest crowd to date in 2006, braved the cold, wet weather to witness this intriguing game.[5] It was also the Rabbitohs' first victory over Brisbane in 17 years.
Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 16-12   Wests Tigers 9 June 2006 7:30 pm Brookvale Oval S. Hayne 11,588
  Penrith Panthers 10-20   St George Illawarra Dragons 10 June 2006 5:30 pm CUA Stadium J. Maxwell 9,422
  South Sydney Rabbitohs 34-14   Brisbane Broncos 10 June 2006 7:30 pm Telstra Stadium B. Cummins 6,537
  North Queensland Cowboys 4-26   Cronulla Sharks 10 June 2006 7:30 pm Dairy Farmers Stadium S. Hampstead 16,778
  Sydney Roosters 12-22   New Zealand Warriors 11 June 2006 2:30 pm Aussie Stadium R. Smith 6,807
  Parramatta Eels 22-34   Melbourne Storm 11 June 2006 3:00 pm Parramatta Stadium P. Simpkins 7,139
  Canterbury Bulldogs 26-28   Canberra Raiders 12 June 2006 3:00 pm Telstra Stadium G. Badger 12,541
  Newcastle Knights Bye

Round 15Edit

  • St George Illawarra hooker Shaun Timmins is charged by Brisbane police on Saturday 17 June for "being a public nuisance". Having not even played in the Dragon's match against the Brisbane Broncos the night earlier, it was alleged Timmins sat on a street sweeper whilst making his way back to his hotel room at around 3:30 am. Early reports quote the club's chief executive Peter Doust as saying that Timmins was not intoxicated at the time as far as he was aware.[6] Media figures later summed this up as an over-reaction and, while not encouraging Timmins' actions, noted that it was an act of larrikinism rather than malice.
Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  Brisbane Broncos 16-18   St George Illawarra Dragons 16 June 2006 7:30 pm Suncorp Stadium
  Wests Tigers 26-14   Sydney Roosters 17 June 2006 5:30 pm Telstra Stadium
  Parramatta Eels 30-10   South Sydney Rabbitohs 17 June 2006 7:30 pm Parramatta Stadium
  Cronulla Sharks 15-12   Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 17 June 2006 7:30 pm Toyota Park
  New Zealand Warriors 30-18   Newcastle Knights 18 June 2006 2:00 pm Ericsson Stadium
  Melbourne Storm 22-12   Canberra Raiders 18 June 2006 2:30 pm Olympic Park, Melbourne
  Canterbury Bulldogs 20-12   North Queensland Cowboys 18 June 2006 3:00 pm Carrara Stadium
  Penrith Panthers Bye

Round 16Edit

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  Melbourne Storm 16-12   Canterbury Bulldogs 23 June 2006 7:30 pm Olympic Park
  Newcastle Knights 16-26   Cronulla Sharks 24 June 2006 5:30 pm Energy Australia Stadium
  Penrith Panthers 24-20   Wests Tigers 24 June 2006 7:30 pm CUA Stadium
  St George Illawarra Dragons 34-14   North Queensland Cowboys 24 June 2006 7:30 pm WIN Stadium
  Canberra Raiders 42-10   Sydney Roosters 25 June 2006 2:30 pm Canberra Stadium
  Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 10-16   Brisbane Broncos 25 June 2006 3:00 pm Brookvale Oval
  South Sydney Rabbitohs 0-66   New Zealand Warriors 25 June 2006 3:00 pm Telstra Stadium
  Parramatta Eels Bye

Round 17Edit

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 12-26   Newcastle Knights 30 June 2006 7:30 pm Brookvale Oval Sean Hampstead 13,284
  New Zealand Warriors 28-22   Penrith Panthers 1 July 2006 5:30 pm Ericsson Stadium Ben Cummins 8,723
  North Queensland Cowboys 16-14   South Sydney Rabbitohs 1 July 2006 7:30 pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Tony Archer 17,506
  Canberra Raiders 12-18   Parramatta Eels 1 July 2006 7:30 pm Canberra Stadium Russell Smith 8,824
  Brisbane Broncos 26-12   Cronulla Sharks 2 July 2006 2:30 pm Suncorp Stadium Shayne Hayne 25,863
  Wests Tigers 10-32   Canterbury Bulldogs 2 July 2006 3:00 pm Telstra Stadium Paul Simpkins 22,511
  Melbourne Storm Bye
  St George Illawarra Dragons Bye
  Sydney Roosters Bye

Round 18Edit

  • Newcastle Knights captain Andrew Johns became the all-time highest pointscorer in the 98-year history of top grade Rugby League in Australia, but caused controversy after his sides horrific 46-12 loss to the Parramatta Eels, by walking off field and ignoring a special presentation organised by the Eels officials, including Parramatta Eels coach Jason Taylor, who previously held the record.
  • The Bulldogs gave themselves one of their biggest comebacks in the Club's history and the Warriors one of their worst collapses in their Club's history when the Bulldogs came from 16-0 down midway through the first half to win 22-18 in extra time at ANZ Stadium.
  • Also, the Tigers appeared to be back on track with a 22-10 victory over the Cronulla Sharks at Toyota Park.
Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  Melbourne Storm 10-4   Brisbane Broncos 7 July 2006 7:30 pm Olympic Park Stadium Sean Hampstead 15,479
  Sydney Roosters 16-33   Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 8 July 2006 5:30 pm Aussie Stadium Paul Simpkins 8,824
  Parramatta Eels 46-12   Newcastle Knights 8 July 2006 7:30 pm Parramatta Stadium Ben Cummins 13,167
  Penrith Panthers 24-12   Canberra Raiders 8 July 2006 7:30 pm CUA Stadium Tony Archer 9,111
  Canterbury Bulldogs 22-18   New Zealand Warriors 9 July 2006 2:30 pm Telstra Stadium Shayne Hayne 14,076
  Cronulla Sharks 10-22   Wests Tigers 9 July 2006 3:00 pm Toyota Park Steven Clark 15,070
  St George Illawarra Dragons 38-28   South Sydney Rabbitohs 9 July 2006 3:00 pm OKI Jubilee Stadium Jason Robinson 13,126
  North Queensland Cowboys Bye

Round 19Edit

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  St. George Illawarra Dragons 16-22   Canterbury Bulldogs 14 July 2006 7:30 pm OKI Jubilee Stadium
  New Zealand Warriors 12-20   Parramatta Eels 15 July 2006 5:30 pm Mt Smart Stadium
  South Sydney Rabbitohs 20-26   Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 15 July 2006 7:30 pm Telstra Stadium
  Penrith Panthers 17-8   North Queensland Cowboys 15 July 2006 7:30 pm CUA Stadium
  Newcastle Knights 16-24   Melbourne Storm 16 July 2006 2:00 pm EnergyAustralia Stadium
  Canberra Raiders 20-18   Wests Tigers 16 July 2006 3:00 pm Canberra Stadium
  Sydney Roosters 38-32   Cronulla Sharks 16 July 2006 3:00 pm Aussie Stadium
  Brisbane Broncos Bye

Round 20Edit

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  Melbourne Storm 28-12   Cronulla Sharks 21 July 2006 7:30 pm Olympic Park
  Canterbury Bulldogs 25-0   Sydney Roosters 22 July 2006 5:30 pm Telstra Stadium
  Newcastle Knights 24-18   South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 July 2006 7:30 pm EnergyAustralia Stadium
  North Queensland Cowboys 26-10   Brisbane Broncos 22 July 2006 7:30 pm Dairy Farmers Stadium
  Wests Tigers 6-34   Parramatta Eels 23 July 2006 2:00 pm Telstra Stadium
  Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 32-30   Penrith Panthers 23 July 2006 3:00 pm Brookvale Oval
  Canberra Raiders 31-12   St. George Illawarra Dragons 23 July 2006 3:00 pm Canberra Stadium
  New Zealand Warriors Bye
  • This was the first time that the Sydney Roosters were held scoreless since Round 15 1994, Ending A 311 Game Run Scoring At Least One Point.

Round 21Edit

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  Cronulla Sharks 18-22   Newcastle Knights 28 July 2006 7:30 pm Toyota Park
  Penrith Panthers 36-6   New Zealand Warriors 29 July 2006 5:30 pm CUA Stadium
  Parramatta Eels 31-18   Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 29 July 2006 7:30 pm Parramatta Stadium
  South Sydney Rabbitohs 21-8   Canberra Raiders 29 July 2006 7:30 pm Telstra Stadium
  Brisbane Broncos 6-20   Wests Tigers 30 July 2006 2:30 pm Suncorp Stadium
  St. George Illawarra Dragons 24-34   Melbourne Storm 30 July 2006 3:00 pm OKI Jubilee Stadium
  Sydney Roosters 40-20   North Queensland Cowboys 20 July 2006 3:00 pm Aussie Stadium
  Canterbury Bulldogs Bye

Round 22Edit

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  Parramatta Eels 28-6   St George Illawarra Dragons 4 August 2006 7:30 pm Parramatta Stadium Steven Clark 19,137
  New Zealand Warriors 12-10   Cronulla Sharks 5 August 2006 7:30 pm Mt Smart Stadium Jason Robinson 4,850
  Melbourne Storm 46-4   Wests Tigers 5 August 2006 5:30 pm Olympic Park Stadium Sean Hampstead 12,481
  North Queensland Cowboys 14-54   Canterbury Bulldogs 5 August 2006 7:30 pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Paul Simpkins 20,486
  Canberra Raiders 30-18   Brisbane Broncos 6 August 2006 2:30 pm Canberra Stadium Gavin Badger 13,137
  Sydney Roosters 18-32   Newcastle Knights 6 August 2006 3:00 pm Bluetongue Central Coast Stadium Tony Archer 18,124
  South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-26   Penrith Panthers 6 August 2006 3:00 pm Telstra Stadium Ben Cummins 9,126
  Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Bye

Round 23Edit

  • Refereeing woes continues in a thrilling Golden Point clash at Campbelltown, marred by referee Steve Clark's incorrect interpretation of the offside rule. Failure to penalise resulted in a late field goal to Canberra Raiders, winning them the match.
  • The Cronulla Sharks and North Queensland Cowboys fell further out of favour for a top eight berth with poor performances on Saturday night, whilst the Bulldogs extended their run to six straight with a victory over the Dragons.
  • The Tigers and Raiders became the first teams (and so far, only) to play 2 Golden Point games over the course of the season, it was also the Raiders record 4th game in Golden Point in 2006, remarkably winning all of them, the Raiders record of most Golden Point games in a season hasn't been bettered, but has since been equalled by The Eels in 2011 who didn't win any, drew 1 and lost the other 3 and the Tigers in 2012 winning 2 and losing the remaining 2.
  • Craig Fitzgibbon became the highest scoring forward this round, overtaking David Furner's previous record of 1218.
Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  Newcastle Knights 14-16   Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 11 August 2006 7:30 pm EnergyAustralia Stadium Paul Simpkins 25105
  New Zealand Warriors 26-0   North Queensland Cowboys 12 August 2006 7:30 pm Mt Smart Stadium Gavin Badger 5425
Cronulla Sharks 14-34   Parramatta Eels 12 August 2006 7:30 pm Toyota Park Tony Archer 12830
  Penrith Panthers 20-40 Sydney Roosters 12 August 2006 7:30 pm CUA Stadium Jason Robinson 11704
  Brisbane Broncos 12-18   Melbourne Storm 13 August 2006 2:30 pm Suncorp Stadium Shayne Hayne 40159
Canterbury Bulldogs 26-10   St George Illawarra Dragons 13 August 2006 3:00 pm Telstra Stadium Sean Hampstead 31256
  Wests Tigers 18-19 Canberra Raiders 13 August 2006 3:00 pm Campbelltown Stadium Steven Clark 18474
  South Sydney Rabbitohs Bye
  • *Extra Time was played

Round 24Edit

  • Several surprising results changed the face of the competition in Round 24. The most notable of these was the fall of first and second placed Melbourne and the Bulldogs to much less fancied opponents. The latter side suffered greatly in their 30-0 loss to the Brisbane Broncos, with 2 players suffering major injuries and their star forward Willie Mason receiving a two match suspension.
  • Penrith's victory over Cronulla in the dying moments saw the clear eight cut and dried, although the Panthers did have a small chance of making the final eight had results gone their way.
  • St George Illawarra fought their way back to form with a 30-point victory over the Wests Tigers.
  • Despite the fact they lost their first game since Round 11, and their first match at home all season, the Storm secured the Minor Premiership this round after the Broncos beat the 2nd placed Bulldogs.
Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  Canterbury Bulldogs 0-30   Brisbane Broncos 18 August 2006 7:30 pm Telstra Stadium S. Clark 26,111
  Cronulla Sharks 28-32   Penrith Panthers 19 August 2006 5:30 pm Toyota Park J. Robinson 7,827
  Melbourne Storm 20-24   New Zealand Warriors 19 August 2006 7:30 pm Olympic Park T. Archer 13,477
  North Queensland Cowboys 12-19   Newcastle Knights 19 August 2006 7:30 pm Dairy Farmers Stadium S. Hampstead 17,898
  Sydney Roosters 26-40   Parramatta Eels 20 August 2006 2:30 pm Aussie Stadium P. Simpkins 15,142
  Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 38-16   South Sydney Rabbitohs 20 August 2006 3:00 pm Brookvale Oval R. Smith 19,253
  St George Illawarra Dragons 46-16   Wests Tigers 20 August 2006 3:00 pm Oki Jubilee Stadium S. Hayne 14,211
  Canberra Raiders Bye

Round 25Edit

  • Controversy struck the NRL once again, when North Queensland Cowboys player Mitchell Sargent testing positive to the drug cocaine.[8] He was immediately sacked from the club.
  • The Panthers were the only team outside the eight before Round 25 with a slight chance of becoming finalists. However, with the Panthers losing, the top eight became set in stone, meaning no other team was able to make the final series.
  • For the second week in a row, the Broncos held their opponents scoreless beating Parramatta 23-0, it was the first time this has happened since Round 13 and 14 1999, that time was also Brisbane.
Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 21-20   Canterbury Bulldogs 25 August 2006 7:30 pm Brookvale Oval S. Hampstead 20,163
  Canberra Raiders 18-22   Melbourne Storm 26 August 2006 5:30 pm Canberra Stadium S. Clark 23,665
  Newcastle Knights 40-4   Penrith Panthers 26 August 2006 7:30 pm Energy Australia Stadium S. Hayne 21,255
  St George Illawarra Dragons 18-4   Cronulla Sharks 26 August 2006 7:30 pm WIN Stadium P. Simpkins 16,897
  New Zealand Warriors 42-16   Sydney Roosters 27 August 2006 2:00 pm Mt Smart Stadium R. Smith 12,711
  South Sydney Rabbitohs 12-34   North Queensland Cowboys 27 August 2006 2:30 pm Telstra Stadium T. De Las Heras 8,914
  Parramatta Eels 0-23   Brisbane Broncos 27 August 2006 3:00 pm Parramatta Stadium T. Archer 20,353
  Wests Tigers Bye

Round 26Edit

  • With one round to go, the top eight had already settled, with no team outside the top eight able to make the final series. Teams between positions three and six were all in with a chance to host a home semi final at the start at the round and the jostling for positions continued over the weekend. The top eight was finalised on Sunday when the Brisbane Broncos defeated the New Zealand Warriors 36-12. The Melbourne Storm and Bulldogs had their final positions locked in going into the final round.
  • Coaching dramas engulfed the game leading into Round 26, with the news that Ricky Stuart was to be dumped as the coach of the Sydney Roosters for the 2007 NRL Season. Whilst a replacement is yet to be found, The South Sydney Rabbitohs were quick to tie up any chance of losing incoming assistant coach Jason Taylor by promoting him to head coach for the coming season.
Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  North Queensland Cowboys 22-8   Parramatta Eels 1 September 2006 7:30 pm Dairy Farmers Stadium S. Hayne 18,351
  Cronulla Sharks 24-26   Canberra Raiders 2 September 2006 5:30 pm Toyota Park S. Clark 9,289
  Melbourne Storm 30-20   Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 2 September 2006 7:30 pm Olympic Park P. Simpkins 13,991
  Sydney Roosters 16-36   St George Illawarra Dragons 2 September 2006 7:30 pm Sydney Cricket Ground R. Smith 17,142
  Penrith Panthers 22-30   Canterbury Bulldogs 3 September 2006 3:00 pm CUA Stadium T. Archer 13,363
  Wests Tigers 52-18   South Sydney Rabbitohs 3 September 2006 3:00 pm Leichhardt Oval T. De Les Heras 18,440
  Brisbane Broncos 36-12   New Zealand Warriors 3 September 2006 2:30 pm Suncorp Stadium S. Hampstead 47,193
  Newcastle Knights Bye

FinalsEdit

Week OneEdit

First Qualifying FinalEdit

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Total
(4) Newcastle Knights 0 25 25
(5) Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 12 6 18
Date Friday, 8 September 2006 7:30 pm AEST
Tries (Newcastle Knights) 2 K. Gidley
1: A. Johns, B. Carney
Tries (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles) 1: C. Hicks B. Stewart, S. Matai
Goals (Newcastle Knights) 4 from 4: A. Johns
Goals (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles) 3 from 4: M. Orford
Field Goals (Newcastle Knights) 1: J. Mullen
Field Goals (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles) None
Venue EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle, NSW
Attendance 23,572
Referee Sean Hampstead

Second Qualifying FinalEdit

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Total
(3) Brisbane Broncos 4 0 4
(6) St. George Illawarra Dragons 10 10 20
Date Saturday, 9 September 2006 5:30 pm AEST
Tries (Brisbane Broncos) 1: D. Boyd
Tries (St. George Illawarra Dragons) 1: C. Greenshields A. Gorrell, L. Bailey, M. Cooper
Goals (Brisbane Broncos) 0 from 1: C. Parker
Goals (St. George Illawarra Dragons) 2 from 3: A. Gorrell
0 from 1: M. Head
Field Goals (Brisbane Broncos) None
Field Goals (St. George Illawarra Dragons) None
Venue Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
Attendance 50,387
Referee Paul Simpkins

Third Qualifying FinalEdit

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Total
(2) Canterbury Bulldogs 12 18 30
(7) Canberra Raiders 6 6 12
Date Saturday, 9 September 2006 7:30 pm AEST
Tries (Canterbury Bulldogs) 1: L. Patten, H. El Masri, A. Ryan, D. Holdsworth, A. Emelio
Tries (Canberra Raiders) 1: P. Graham, A. Purtell
Goals (Canterbury Bulldogs) 5 from 5: H. El Masri
Goals (Canberra Raiders) 2 from 2: C. Schifcofske
Field Goals (Canterbury Bulldogs) None
Field Goals (Canberra Raiders) None
Venue Telstra Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Attendance 14,628
Referee Shayne Hayne

Fourth Qualifying FinalEdit

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Total
(1) Melbourne Storm 12 0 12
(8) Parramatta Eels 0 6 6
Date Sunday, 10 September 2006 4:00 pmAEST
Tries (Melbourne Storm) 1: A. Kaufusi, S. Turner
Tries (Parramatta Eels) 1: D. Wagon
Goals (Melbourne Storm) 2 from 2: C. Smith
Goals (Parramatta Eels) 1 from 1: L. Burt
Field Goals (Melbourne Storm) None
Field Goals (Parramatta Eels) None
Venue Olympic Park, Melbourne, VIC
Attendance 15,690
Referee Steven Clark

There was major controversy in this match when, approximately 15 minutes from full-time, Parramatta second-rower Glenn Morrison crashed over the Melbourne Storm line. With the decision sent to the Video Referee (Bill Harrigan) it appeared that Morrison deserved a Try- Benefit of the doubt. However, Harrigan ruled he had been held up by Storm fullback Billy Slater and the try was not awarded.

Week TwoEdit

First Semi FinalEdit

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Total
(6) St. George Illawarra Dragons 8 20 28
(5) Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 0 0 0
Date Friday, 15 September 2006 7:45 pm AEST
Tries (St. George Illawarra Dragons) 2: B. Morris
1: B. Hornby, D. Millard, M. Cooper
Tries (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles) None
Goals (St. George Illawarra Dragons) 3 from 3: A. Gorrell
1 from 1 W. Naiqama
0 from 2 M. Head
Goals (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles) None
Field Goals (St. George Illawarra Dragons) None
Field Goals (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles) None
Venue Aussie Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Attendance 30,907
Referee Paul Simpkins

Second Semi FinalEdit

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Total
(4) Newcastle Knights 0 6 6
(3) Brisbane Broncos 24 26 50
Date Saturday, 16 September 2006 7:45 pm AEST
Tries (Newcastle Knights) 1 K. Gidley
Tries (Brisbane Broncos) 1: D. Stagg, B. Tate, J. Hodges, K. Hunt, P. Civoniceva, S. Berrigan, D. Lockyer, D. Boyd
Goals (Newcastle Knights) 1 from 2: A. Johns
Goals (Brisbane Broncos) 8 from 8: C. Parker
1 from 1: D. Lockyer
Field Goals (Newcastle Knights) None
Field Goals (Brisbane Broncos) None
Venue Aussie Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Attendance 22,081
Referee Steven Clark

Week ThreeEdit

First Preliminary FinalEdit

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Total
(2) Canterbury Bulldogs 20 0 20
(3) Brisbane Broncos 6 31 37
Date Friday, 22 September 2006 7:45 pm AEST
Tries (Canterbury Bulldogs) 1 D. Holdsworth, H. El Masri, B. Shewin, M. Utai
Tries (Brisbane Broncos) 2: S. Berrigan
1: D. Carlaw, D. Boyd, D. Lockyer, B. Tate, C. Parker
Goals (Canterbury Bulldogs) 4 from 4: H. El Masri
Goals (Brisbane Broncos) 3 from 6: C. Parker
2 from 2: D. Lockyer
Field Goals (Canterbury Bulldogs) None
Field Goals (Brisbane Broncos) 1: D. Lockyer
Venue Aussie Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Attendance 29,511
Referee Paul Simpkins

Second Preliminary FinalEdit

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Total
(1) Melbourne Storm 12 12 24
(6) St. George Illawarra Dragons 6 4 10
Date Saturday, 23 September 2006 7:45 pm AEST
Tries (Melbourne Storm) 1 G. Inglis, M. King, S. Turner, A. Kaufusi
Tries (St. George Illawarra Dragons) 1: M. Cooper, B. Morris
Goals (Melbourne Storm) 3 from 3: C. Smith
1 from 1: M. Geyer
Goals (St. George Illawarra Dragons) 1 from 1: A. Gorrell
0 from 1: B. Morris
Field Goals (Melbourne Storm) None
Field Goals (St. George Illawarra Dragons) None
Venue Telstra Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Attendance 40,901
Referee Steven Clark

Grand finalEdit

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Total
(1) Melbourne Storm 4 4 8
(3) Brisbane Broncos 8 7 15
Date Sunday, 1 October 2006 7:45 pm AEST
Tries (Melbourne Storm) 1 S. Turner, M. King
Tries (Brisbane Broncos) 1: J. Hodges, B. Tate
Goals (Melbourne Storm) 0 from 1: C. Smith
0 from 1 M. Geyer
Goals (Brisbane Broncos) 2 from 2: D. Lockyer
1 from 2: C. Parker
Field Goals (Melbourne Storm) None
Field Goals (Brisbane Broncos) 1: D. Lockyer
Venue Telstra Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Attendance 79,609
Referee Paul Simpkins
  • This was the first Grand Final where there were no Sydney teams featuring in the Grand Final.
  • This was the first Grand Final meeting between these 2 sides.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ National Rugby League Smith Resigns as Eels Coach[permanent dead link] Monday, 15 May 2006 – 5:22 pm
  2. ^ National Rugby League Riddell and Smith Fined[permanent dead link] Monday, Tuesday, 16 May 2006 – 3:11 pm
  3. ^ Sydney Morning Herald Claims Sharks' Tevita Latu punched woman Monday, 22 May 2006
  4. ^ Sydney Morning Herald NRL sacks Latu for bashing woman Wednesday, 24 May 2006
  5. ^ The Australian First win starting point for Rabbitohs[permanent dead link] 12 June 2006
  6. ^ Sydney Morning Herald Timmins arrested in Brisbane 17 June 2006 – 3:16 pm
  7. ^ https://www.thefanatics.com/sports.news.view.php?id=295648
  8. ^ News.com.au NRL star tests positive to cocaine 24 August 2006 – 03:15 pm