1971 NSWRFL season


1971 NSWRFL season
1971 NSWRFL season
Teams 12
Premiers South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney (20th title)
Minor premiers Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah (1st title)
Matches played 136
Points scored 4477 (total)
32.919 (per match)
Attendance 1,562,338 (total)
11,488 (per match)
Top try scorer(s) Balmain colours.svg Paul Cross (18)

The 1971 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the sixty-fourth season of Sydney's professional rugby league football competition, Australia's first. Twelve teams, including six foundation clubs and another six admitted post-1908, competed for the J. J. Giltinan Shield during the season, which culminated in a Grand Final match for the W.D. & H.O. Wills between the South Sydney and St. George clubs.

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Season summary

The season saw the number of tackles in a set increased from four to six. In addition, the number of points awarded for a field goal was reduced from two to one.[1]

Each side met all others twice in twenty-two regular season rounds, resulting in the top four teams consisting of Manly-Warringah, South Sydney, St. George and Parramatta who fought out three finals for the right to play in the Grand Final.

The 1971 Rothmans Medal was won by South Sydney's five-eighth Denis Pittard while Rugby League Week awarded their player of the year award to South Sydney's halfback Bob Grant.

This season marked the end of a 23-year run where all but two of the premierships were won by St George or South Sydney.

Teams

Balmain home jersey 1963.svg
Balmain
Canterbury home jersey 1969.svg
Canterbury-Bankstown
Cronulla home jersey 1970.svg
Cronulla-Sutherland
Eastern Suburbs home jersey 1953.svg
Eastern Suburbs
Manly Sea Eagles home jersey 1965.svg
Manly-Warringah
Newtown Jets home jersey 1908.svg
Newtown
North Sydney Bears home jersey 1951.svg
North Sydney
Parramatta Eels home jersey 1957.svg
Parramatta
Penrith Panthers home jersey 1967.svg
Penrith
South Sydney home jersey 1908.svg
South Sydney
St. George home jersey 1945.svg
St. George
Western Suburbs home jersey 1959.svg
Western Suburbs

Ladder

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 22 19 0 3 528 260 +268 38
2 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 22 17 0 5 499 308 +191 34
3 St. George colours.svg St. George 22 15 1 6 392 283 +109 31
4 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 22 12 0 10 383 355 +28 24
5 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 22 11 0 11 366 398 -32 22
6 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 22 11 0 11 355 422 -87 22
7 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 22 10 0 12 352 310 +42 20
8 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 22 10 0 12 283 372 -89 20
9 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 22 9 1 12 344 339 +5 19
10 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 22 7 1 14 282 401 -119 15
11 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 22 5 1 16 265 446 -181 11
12 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 22 4 0 18 336 471 -135 8

Finals

Under the guidance of revolutionary head-coach Jack Gibson who was in 1971 beginning to embrace the attitude and training methods used in the United States' National Football League, St. George in 1971 had reached the Grand Final in all three grades.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
Semi Finals
St. George colours.svg St. George 19 - 8 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 28 August 1971 Sydney Cricket Ground Keith Page 38,157
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 13 - 19 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 4 September 1971 Sydney Cricket Ground Keith Holman 50,261
Preliminary Final
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 12 - 15 St. George colours.svg St. George 11 September 1971 Sydney Cricket Ground Keith Page 45,883
Grand Final
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 16 - 10 St. George colours.svg St. George 18 September 1971 Sydney Cricket Ground Keith Holman 62,838

Grand Final

St. George Position South Sydney
Graeme Langlands (c) FB Eric Simms
Ken Batty WG Keith Edwards
Ron Chapman CE Paul Sait
Ken Maddison CE Bob Honan
Geoff Carr WG Ray Branighan
Tony Branson FE Denis Pittard
Billy Smith HB Bob Grant
Harry Eden PR John Sattler
Colin Rasmussen HK George Piggins
Grahame Bowen PR John O'Neill
Peter Fitzgerald SR Bob McCarthy
Barry Beath SR Gary Stevens
Ted Walton LK Ron Coote
Mick Dryden Reserve
Russell Cox Reserve
Jack Gibson Coach Clive Churchill

Against a battle-hardened Souths side with a larger pack, the young Dragons went into the Grand Final as clear underdogs.

The first half was a gruelling affair with the only points coming from an Eric Simms field goal. At half-time Souths were in front by the unlikely scoreline of 1-0.

Souths raced ahead in the second half and at one stage held an 11-0 lead. The Dragons fought back with tries to Barry Beath and Ted Walton. Graeme Langlands added the extras, including a magnificent sideline conversion.

With the score at 11-10 and with only 12 minutes remaining, Saints looked to be getting on top of their more fancied rivals. However a match-winning try from Bob McCarthy showed the experience of the Rabbitohs, who won their fourth title in a five-year period. Souths hooker George Piggins was hailed as a hero, playing himself to a standstill in what was ultimately a closely fought encounter.

The premiership victory remains South Sydney's most recent to date.

South Sydney 16 (Tries: Branighan, Coote, McCarthy. Goals: Simms 3. Field Goal: Simms.)

St George 10 (Tries: Beath, Walton. Goals: Langlands 2.)

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