2005 NRL season results

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The 2005 National Rugby League season consisted of 25 weekly regular season rounds starting in March, followed by four weeks of play-offs that culminated in a grand final on 2 October.

Regular season

Round 1

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Attendance
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs 46 – 28 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 11 March 2005, 7:30pm Telstra Stadium Paul Simpkins 33,105
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 12 – 28 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 12 March 2005, 5:30pm Telstra Stadium Russell Smith 17,107
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks 20 – 14 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers 12 March 2005, 7:30pm Toyota Stadium Shayne Hayne
Jason Robinson
19,562
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 – 12 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 12 March 2005, 7:30pm Aussie Stadium Tony Archer 22,186
New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 20 – 26 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles 13 March 2005, 2:00pm Ericsson Stadium Sean Hampstead 13,682
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 48 – 10 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 13 March 2005, 2:30pm Olympic Park Stadium Steve Clark 10,484
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 29 – 16 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 13 March 2005, 3:00pm Suncorp Stadium Tim Mander 43,488
Bye: Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders

Round 2

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Attendance
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 – 12 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs 18 March 2005, 7:30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Steve Clark 21,138
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 39 – 14 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 19 March 2005, 5:30pm Canberra Stadium Jason Robinson 11,835
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 12 – 24 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 19 March 2005, 7:30pm Suncorp Stadium Russell Smith 24,719
St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 12 – 46 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 19 March 2005, 7:30pm WIN Stadium Tony Archer
Gavin Badger
9,032
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 49 – 26 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 20 March 2005, 2:30pm Aussie Stadium Sean Hampstead 11,445
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles 46 – 20 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks 20 March 2005, 3:00pm Brookvale Oval Paul Simpkins 14,031
Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers 20 – 28 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 20 March 2005, 3:00pm Penrith Park Tim Mander 18,228
Bye: Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers

Round 3

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Attendance
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 22 – 40 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 25 March 2005, 7:30pm Aussie Stadium Tim Mander 23,157
Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers 18 – 8 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 26 March 2005, 5:30pm Penrith Park Russell Smith 17,187
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 10 – 18 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks 26 March 2005, 7:30pm Parramatta Stadium Sean Hampstead 12,103
New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 22 – 32 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 27 March 2005, 2:00pm Ericsson Stadium Tony Archer 13,888
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles 25 – 18 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 27 March 2005, 2:30pm Brookvale Oval Steve Clark 15,470
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs 36 – 37 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 27 March 2005, 3:00pm Telstra Stadium Paul Simpkins 19,984
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 18 – 25 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 28 March 2005, 3:00pm Aussie Stadium Jason Robinson 14,455
Bye: Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights

Round 4

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Attendance
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 26 – 16 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers 1 April 2005, 7:30pm Parramatta Stadium Paul Simpkins 15,119
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 50 – 4 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 2 April 2005, 5:30pm Olympic Park Stadium Sean Hampstead 12,194
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 42 – 22 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 2 April 2005, 7:30pm Canberra Stadium Tim Mander 15,614
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 52 – 18 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 2 April 2005, 7:30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Jason Robinson 22,347
New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 46 – 14 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 3 April 2005, 2:00 pm Ericsson Stadium Russell Smith 9,751
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks 26 – 12 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs 3 April 2005, 2:30 pm Toyota Stadium Tony Archer 17,053
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 26 – 32 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 3 April 2005, 3:00 pm Aussie Stadium Steve Clark 13,946
Bye: Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles

Round 5

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Attendance
Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers 36-16 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 8 April 2005, 7:30 pm Penrith Park Steve Clark 14,844
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24-6 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 9 April 2005, 5:30 pm Jade Stadium Jason Robinson 18,421
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks 38-6 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 9 April 2005, 7:30 pm Toyota Park Tim Mander 17,323
St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 32-6 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles 9 April 2005, 7:30 pm Win Stadium Sean Hampstead 16,117
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 54-14 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 10 April 2005, 2:30 pm Suncorp Stadium Tony Archer
Shayne Hayne
25,843
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24-16 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 10 April 2005, 3:00 pm Canberra Stadium Russell Smith 19,130
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 37-12 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 10 April 2005, 3:00 pm Central Coast Stadium Paul Simpkins 16,162
Bye: Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs

Round 6

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Attendance
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs 16-29 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 15 April 2005, 7:30 pm Telstra Stadium Paul Simpkins 27,111
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 6-36 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers 16 April 2005, 5:30 pm Aussie Stadium Tony Archer 11,108
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 14-26 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 16 April 2005, 7:30 pm Olympic Park Tim Mander 9,649
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 44-20 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 16 April 2005, 7:30 pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Sean Hampstead 20,361
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 36-14 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 17 April 2005, 2:30 pm Brookvale Oval Jason Robinson 17,061
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 26-30 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 17 April 2005, 2:30 pm Energy Australia Stadium Russell Smith 18,173
St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 24-34

Finals series

The National Rugby League's 2005 finals series ran from 9 September to 2 October 2005, as eight teams vied to win the NRL Premiership in the Grand Final after the 2005 season. The final placings and first-week match-ups were decided only after all the matches in the final week were completed. The Grand Final, played on 2 October, was won by the Wests Tigers who claimed their first-ever NRL premiership. The runners up were the North Queensland Cowboys.

The Finals System

The system used for the NRL is the McIntyre Final Eight System, which is designed by Ken McIntyre in addition to the McIntyre Four, Five and Six systems to determine which two teams will play for the Premiership. In each of the three weeks of the competition, two teams are eliminated until only two teams are left. The better a team finishes in the home-and-away season ladder, the easier their route through to the Grand Final.

In the first week, twos are paired off as such by rank (games are played at the home ground of the higher seed):

  • Team 4 vs. Team 5 (1st Qualifying Final)
  • Team 3 vs. Team 6 (2nd Qualifying Final)
  • Team 2 vs. Team 7 (3rd Qualifying Final)
  • Team 1 vs. Team 8 (4th Qualifying Final)

Once all four games ave been played, teams are grouped into winners and losers, and then ranked based on their home-and-away season standings, for example:

Rank Winners Losers
1 Team 1 Team 2
2 Team 3 Team 5
3 Team 4 Team 6
4 Team 7 Team 8

...Losers #3 and #4 are immediately eliminated, while Winners #3 and #4 will face Losers #1 and #2 (in other words, a "double chance" for the two highest-ranked losers). Winners #1 and #2 receive a bye to week three, to await the winners of the two semi-finals.

The winners of the two preliminary finals will then face off for the premiership in the Grand Final.

Week One

First Qualifying Final

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Total
(4) Wests Tigers 14 36 50
(5) Nth QLD 6 0 6
Date Friday, 9 September 2005 8 pm AEST
Tries (Wests) 3: B Hodgson
1: D Fitzhenry, L Fulton, P Richards,
P Whatuira, S Elford
Tries (NQLD) 1: M Sing
Goals (Wests) 9: B Hodgson
Goals (NQLD) 1: J Hannay
Injuries None
Reports None
Venue Telstra Stadium, Sydney
Attendance 26,463
Referee Paul Simpkins

Second Qualifying Final

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Total
(3) Brisbane 4 14 18
(6) Melbourne 18 6 24
Date Saturday, 10 September 2005 6:30 pm AEST
Tries (Bris) 1: D Smith, S Minto, B Seymour
Tries (Melb) 1: B Slater, G Inglis, J Webster, M King
Goals (Bris) 3: B Seymour
Goals (Melb) 2: M Orford, C Smith
Injuries Melb: Kearns (dislocated shoulder), Slater (ankle)
Reports None
Venue Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance 25,193
Referee Steve Clark

This was the second successive year the Broncos and the Storm have met at this stage, with Melbourne winning 31–14 in 2004.
In what looked to be a case of déjà vu, the Storm won this match 24–18.
In 2006, they would meet again in a final, but this time in a Grand Final, the Broncos winning 15–8.

Third Qualifying Final

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Total
(2) St George Illawarra 4 24 28
(7) Cronulla 12 10 22
Date Saturday, 10 September 2005 8:30 pm AEST
Tries (StGI) 2: C Best
1: D Young, T Barrett, W Naiqama
Tries (Cro) 1: B Scott, D Simmons, N Vagana, P Gallen
Goals (StGI) 4: M Ennis
Goals (Cro) 3: L Covell
Injuries None
Reports None
Venue WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Attendance 19,608
Referee Tony Archer

Fourth Qualifying Final

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Total
(1) Parramatta 28 18 46
(8) Manly 0 22 22
Date Sunday, 11 September 2005 4 pm AEST
Tries (Par) 2: T Tahu
1: C Robinson, M Riddell, E Grothe, L Burt,
D Wagon, A Peek
Tries (Man) 2: B Kennedy
1: A Watmough, M Witt
Goals (Par) 7: L Burt
Goals (Man) 2: L Williamson
1: M Monaghan
Injuries None
Reports None
Venue Parramatta Stadium, Sydney
Attendance 19,710
Referee Tim Mander

Week Two

First Semi Final

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Total
(6) Melbourne 0 16 16
(5) Nth QLD 16 8 24
Date Saturday, 17 September 2005 7:45 pm AEST
Tries (Melb) 1: S Bell, M King, M Orford
Tries (NQLD) 2: T Williams
1: M Bowen, D Faiumu
Goals (Melb) 1: C Smith, M Orford
Goals (NQLD) 2: J Thurston, J Hannay
Injuries None
Reports None
Venue Aussie Stadium, Sydney
Attendance 16,810
Referee Paul Simpkins

Second Semi Final

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Total
(4) Wests Tigers 10 24 34
(3) Brisbane 0 6 6
Date Sunday, 18 September 2005 4 pm AEST
Tries (Wests) 2: D Fitzhenry
1: B Hodgson, M. O'Neill, B Marshall, S Prince
Tries (Bris) 1: D Lockyer
Goals (Wests) 5: B Hodgson
Goals (Bris) 1: B Seymour
Injuries None
Reports None
Venue Aussie Stadium, Sydney
Attendance 36,563
Referee Tim Mander

Week Three

First Preliminary Final

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Total
(2) St George Illawarra 6 6 12
(4) Wests Tigers 16 4 20
Date Saturday, 24 September 2005 7;45pm AEST
Tries (StG) 1: W Naiqama, T Barrett
Tries (WES) 2: D Halatau
1: C Heighington, B Marshall
Goals (StG) 2: M Ennis
Goals (WES) 2: B Hodgson
F.Goals (StG) None
F.Goals (WES) None
Injuries Pat Richards (Ankle)
Reports None
Venue Aussie Stadium, Sydney
Attendance 41,260
Referee Tim Mander

Second Preliminary Final

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Total
(1) Parramatta 0 0 0
(5) Nth QLD 18 11 29
Date Sunday, 25 September 2005 4 pm AEST
Tries (Par) None
Tries (NQLD) 1: M Bowen, R Jensen, B Firman,
T Williams, J Hannay
Goals (Par) None
Goals (NQLD) 4: J Hannay
F.Goals (Par) None
F.Goals (NQLD) 1: J Thurston
Injuries Par: T Smith (head)
NQLD: Norton (back)
Reports NQLD: O'Donnell for high shot on T Smith
Venue Telstra Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Attendance 44,327
Referee Steve Clark

Brett Firman scores in the 2005 Preliminary Final

2005 NRL Grand Final

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Total
(4) Wests Tigers 12 18 30
(5) North Queensland Cowboys 6 10 16
Date Sunday, 2 October 2005 7 pm AEST
Tries (Wests Tigers) 1: Bryce Gibbs, Pat Richards, Anthony Laffranchi, Daniel Fitzhenry, Todd Payten
Tries (North Queensland Cowboys) 1: Matt Bowen, Travis Norton, Matt Sing
Goals (Wests Tigers) 5/6: Brett Hodgson
Goals (North Queensland Cowboys) 2/3: Josh Hannay
Field Goals (Wests Tigers) None
Field Goals (North Queensland Cowboys) None
Injuries None
Reports None
Churchill Medal Scott Prince (Wests Tigers)
Venue Telstra Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales
Attendance 82,453
Referee Tim Mander

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