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The 2012 NRL season was the 105th season of professional rugby league club competition in Australia, and the first run by the newly formed Australian Rugby League Commission. The main competition, called the 2012 NRL Telstra Premiership due to sponsorship from Telstra Corporation was contested by the sixteen teams of the National Rugby League. The season started with the 2012 NRL All Stars match and culminated in the 2012 NRL grand final. The 2012 Toyota Cup season also took place alongside the Premiership. The McIntyre Final Eight System, in use since 1999, was replaced with the finals system previously used by the ARL in the 1990s.[1]

2012 National Rugby League
DurationMarch 1 – September 30, 2012
Teams16
PremiersMelbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm (2nd title)
Minor premiersCanterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (7th title)
Wooden spoonParramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels
Matches played201
Attendance3486494
Top points scorer(s)Canberra colours.svg Jarrod Croker (226)
Player of the yearCanterbury colours.svg Ben Barba (Dally M Medal)
Top try-scorer(s)Canterbury colours.svg Ben Barba (22)
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The 2012 Premiership was won by the Melbourne Storm, officially the club's second following the removal of their 2007 and 2009 premierships, among other titles, due to salary cap breaches exposed in April 2010. They defeated minor premiers the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 14-4 in the Grand Final, which was held on Sunday 30 September at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Season summaryEdit

Halfway through the 2012 season, the NRL's Chief Executive Officer David Gallop stood down from his role after just over a decade in the role.

Records Set on 2012

  • The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs won twelve consecutive matches between Rounds 11 and 24, the longest winning streak for the club in 8 years. They also won their first minor premiership in 18 years.
  • The Melbourne Storm lost five consecutive matches from rounds 16 to 21 (around a bye in round 17), the longest losing streak in Craig Bellamy's coaching career and the second longest losing streak in the club's history.
  • For the first time since 1989, the South Sydney Rabbitohs finished in the top four, and they also won their first finals match since 1987.

TeamsEdit

Brisbane Broncos
25th season
Ground: Suncorp Stadium
Coach: Wayne Bennett
Captain: Justin Hodges
Canberra Raiders
31st season
Ground: Canberra Stadium
Coach: David Furner
Captain: Terry CampeseDavid Shillington
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
78th season
Ground: ANZ Stadium
Coach:Des Hasler
Captain: Michael Ennis
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
46th season
Ground: Toyota Stadium
Coach: Shane Flanagan
Captain: Paul Gallen
Gold Coast Titans
6th season
Ground: Skilled Park
Coach: John Cartwright
Captain: Scott Prince
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
63rd season
Grounds: Brookvale Oval
Coach: Geoff Toovey
Captains: Jamie Lyon & Jason King
Melbourne Storm
15th season
Ground: AAMI Park
Coach: Craig Bellamy
Captain: Cameron Smith
Newcastle Knights
25th season
Ground: Hunter Stadium
Coach: Wayne Bennett
Captain: Kurt GidleyDanny Buderus
New Zealand Warriors
18th season
Ground: Mt Smart Stadium
Coach: Brian McClennanTony Iro
Captain: Simon Mannering
North Queensland Cowboys
18th season
Ground: Dairy Farmers Stadium
Coach: Neil Henry
Captains: Johnathan Thurston & Matt Scott
Parramatta Eels
66th season
Ground: Parramatta Stadium
Coach: Stephen Kearney→Brad Arthur
Captain: Nathan Hindmarsh
Penrith Panthers
46th season
Ground: Centrebet Stadium
Coach:Ivan Cleary
Captain: Luke LewisKevin Kingston
South Sydney Rabbitohs
103rd season
Ground: ANZ Stadium
Coach: Michael Maguire
Captains: Michael Crocker, Roy Asotasi, John Sutton, Matt King, Sam Burgess,
Sydney Roosters
105th season
Ground: Allianz Stadium
Coach: Brian Smith
Captain: Braith Anasta
St. George Illawarra Dragons
14th season
Grounds: WIN Jubilee Oval & WIN Stadium
Coach: Steve Price
Captain: Ben Hornby
Wests Tigers
13th season
Grounds: Allianz Stadium, Campbelltown Stadium & Leichhardt Oval
Coach: Tim Sheens
Captain: Robbie Farah

LadderEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 18 0 6 2 568 369 +199 40
2   Melbourne Storm (P) 24 17 0 7 2 579 361 +218 38
3   South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 16 0 8 2 559 438 +121 36
4   Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 24 16 0 8 2 497 403 +94 36
5   North Queensland Cowboys 24 15 0 9 2 597 445 +152 34
6   Canberra Raiders 24 13 0 11 2 545 536 +9 30
7   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 12 1 11 2 445 441 +4 29
8   Brisbane Broncos 24 12 0 12 2 481 447 +34 28
9   St. George Illawarra Dragons 24 11 0 13 2 405 438 -33 26
10   Wests Tigers 24 11 0 13 2 506 551 -45 26
11   Gold Coast Titans 24 10 0 14 2 449 477 -28 24
12   Newcastle Knights 24 10 0 14 2 448 488 -40 24
13   Sydney Roosters 24 8 1 15 2 462 626 -164 21
14   New Zealand Warriors 24 8 0 16 2 497 609 -112 20
15   Penrith Panthers 24 8 0 16 2 409 575 -166 20
16   Parramatta Eels 24 6 0 18 2 431 674 -243 16

Ladder progressionEdit

  • Numbers highlighted in green indicate that the team finished the round inside the top 8.
  • Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the team finished first on the ladder in that round.
  • Numbers highlighted in red indicates the team finished last place on the ladder in that round.
  • Underlined numbers indicate that the team had a bye during that round.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
1   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 2 4 6 6 8 8 8 8 10 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 38 40
2   Melbourne Storm 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 18 20 22 24 24 26 26 28 28 28 28 28 30 32 34 36 38
3   South Sydney Rabbitohs 0 0 2 2 4 6 6 8 10 12 14 16 16 18 20 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 32 32 34 36
4   Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 2 4 4 4 4 6 6 8 10 12 14 14 16 18 18 20 22 24 24 24 26 28 30 32 34 36
5   North Queensland Cowboys 0 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 12 14 14 14 16 18 20 20 22 24 26 26 26 28 30 32 34
6   Canberra Raiders 0 2 2 4 4 6 6 6 6 8 10 10 10 12 14 14 16 18 18 20 20 22 24 26 28 30
7   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 0 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 12 14 14 16 16 18 20 22 24 25 25 25 25 27 27 29 29 29
8   Brisbane Broncos 2 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 14 14 16 16 18 20 20 22 22 24 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 28
9   St. George Illawarra Dragons 2 2 4 6 6 6 8 10 10 10 10 12 12 14 14 16 16 18 20 20 22 22 22 22 24 26
10   Wests Tigers 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 18 18 20 20 22 22 22 24 26 26 26 26
11   Gold Coast Titans 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 4 6 8 10 12 12 14 14 16 16 18 20 22 22 22 24 24 24
12   Newcastle Knights 0 2 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 8 10 10 10 10 12 14 16 16 18 20 22 22 24 24 24 24
13   Sydney Roosters 2 2 4 4 6 8 8 8 10 10 10 10 12 12 14 14 16 17 17 17 17 19 19 19 21 21
14   New Zealand Warriors 0 2 2 4 4 4 6 6 8 10 10 12 12 14 14 16 18 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
15   Penrith Panthers 0 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 6 8 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 14 16 16 16 18 20 20
16   Parramatta Eels 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 6 8 8 10 10 10 10 12 14 14 16 16 16 16


Finals seriesEdit

For details on the finals see 2012 NRL season results.

The NRL returned to the top-eight system used by the ARL in the 1990s to decide the grand finalists from the top eight finishing teams. This replaced the McIntyre Final Eight System that was used for the past 12 seasons. Only four of last year's finalists will feature in this year's finals series: Melbourne Storm, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys. For the teams that did not feature last year, the Canberra Raiders last appeared in 2010, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2009, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in 2008 and South Sydney in 2007. South Sydney made only their second finals appearance since 1989 and also their second preliminary final since winning the premiership in 1971. The last time the club made the preliminary final was also in 1989.[2]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
QUALIFYING & ELIMINATION FINALS
  Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 16 – 10   Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 7 September 2012, 7:45pm ANZ Stadium Ben Cummins
Ashley Klein
36,420
  Melbourne Storm 24 – 6   South Sydney Rabbitohs 8 September 2012, 5:45pm AAMI Park Shayne Hayne
Jason Robinson
19,750
  North Queensland Cowboys 33 – 16   Brisbane Broncos 8 September 2012, 7:45pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Matt Cecchin
Gerard Sutton
21,307
  Canberra Raiders 34 – 16   Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 9 September 2012, 4:00pm Canberra Stadium Tony Archer
Chris James
24,450
SEMI FINALS
  Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 22 – 12   North Queensland Cowboys 14 September 2012, 7:45pm Allianz Stadium Shayne Hayne
Ben Cummins
16,678
  South Sydney Rabbitohs 38 – 16   Canberra Raiders 15 September 2012, 7:45pm ANZ Stadium Tony Archer
Matt Cecchin
35,874
PRELIMINARY FINALS
  Melbourne Storm 40 – 12   Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 21 September 2012, 7:45pm AAMI Park Matt Cecchin
Tony Archer
25,543
  Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 32 – 8   South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 September 2012, 7:45pm ANZ Stadium Shayne Hayne
Ben Cummins
70,354

ChartEdit

  Qualifying / Elimination finals Semi-finals Preliminary finals Grand final
                                   
  QF1: 7 Sept, ANZ Stadium  
1    Canterbury-Bankstown 16  
4    Manly-Warringah 10     SF1: 14 Sept, Allianz Stadium  
       Manly-Warringah 22    
EF1: 8 Sept, Dairy Farmers Stadium        North Queensland 12       PF1: 21 Sept, ANZ Stadium
5    North Queensland 33          Canterbury-Bankstown 32  
8    Brisbane 16            South Sydney 8     GF: 30 Sept, ANZ Stadium
           Canterbury-Bankstown 4
  EF2: 9 Sept, Canberra Stadium       PF2: 22 Sept, AAMI Park        Melbourne 14
6    Canberra 34            Melbourne 40  
7    Cronulla-Sutherland 16     SF2: 15 Sept, ANZ Stadium          Manly-Warringah 12  
       South Sydney 38    
QF2: 8 Sept, AAMI Park        Canberra 16    
2    Melbourne 24  
3    South Sydney 6  


Grand finalEdit

Sunday, 30 September
17:00
Melbourne Storm 14 – 4 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Tries:
Ryan Hoffman
Justin O'Neill
Billy Slater
Goals:
Cameron Smith (1/4)
report Tries:
Sam Perrett


Goals:
Krisnan Inu (0/1)
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 82,976
Referee: Tony Archer & Ben Cummins
Man of the Match: Cooper Cronk

Player statisticsEdit

The following statistics are inclusion of the finals series.

Attendance figuresEdit

Home ground figuresEdit

Club Total Average Best Crowd
Brisbane Broncos 400,528 33,377 43,171 vs North Queensland Cowboys, Round 2
Canterbury Bulldogs 282,864 23,572 70,354 vs South Sydney Rabbitohs, Finals Week 3
Newcastle Knights 251,024 20,919 29,482 vs Canterbury Bulldogs, Round 22
South Sydney Rabbitohs 226,848 18,904 35,874 vs Canberra Raiders, Finals Week 2
New Zealand Warriors 205,334 17,111 37,502 vs Manly Sea Eagles, Round 1 2
Parramatta Eels 201,663 16,803 45,863 vs St George Illawarra Dragons, Round 26
St George Illawarra Dragons 197,111 16,426 40,164 vs Sydney Roosters, Round 8 3
Wests Tigers 194,726 16,227 25,608 vs South Sydney Rabbitohs, Round 5
Manly Sea Eagles 175,120 14,593 20,095 vs New Zealand Warriors, Round 21 4
North Queensland Cowboys 172,978 14,415 20,367 vs Brisbane Broncos, Round 15
Gold Coast Titans 172,865 14,405 20,187 vs South Sydney Rabbitohs, Round 22
Cronulla Sharks 158,802 13,234 21,380 vs St George Illawarra Dragons, Round 6
Melbourne Storm 152,217 12,685 25,534 vs Manly Sea Eagles, Finals Week 3
Sydney Roosters 149,790 12,482 19,934 vs South Sydney Rabbitohs, Round 19
Penrith Panthers 130,301 10,858 15,579 vs Wests Tigers, Round 7
Canberra Raiders 122,274 10,190 24,450 vs Cronulla Sharks, Finals Week 1

TransfersEdit

PlayersEdit

CoachesEdit

Coach 2011 Club 2012 Club
Wayne Bennett   St. George Illawarra Dragons   Newcastle Knights
Steve Price   St. George Illawarra Dragons (assistant coach)   St. George Illawarra Dragons
Ivan Cleary   New Zealand Warriors   Penrith Panthers
Brian McClennan   Auckland Rugby League (development officer)   New Zealand Warriors
Michael Maguire   Wigan Warriors   South Sydney Rabbitohs
Des Hasler   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Geoff Toovey   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (assistant coach)   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ AAP (22 February 2012). "NRL dumps McIntyre system". ABC News. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Canterbury Bulldogs beat South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-8 to win through to NRL grand final". Adelaide Now.

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