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NRL Era Finals Trivia (Quiz)

As finals footy rolls around once more and the mercury rises, RealSport101 has prepared a quiz that covers seasons 1998 to 2016, have a crack!

Finals footy looms once more as September approaches and the mercury rises, which means no more 6pm Friday kick offs, we hope!

Imagine that – a semifinal at 6pm on a Friday! It also means the best of the best going up against each other, smashing each other into oblivion. Its a four-week demonstration of why rugby league is the greatest game of all. 


  1. 1 Who is the first team to make a Grand Final from 8th Place?

    Hint: It's not any of the 12 teams not listed.

    1. Parramatta Eels
    2. Newcastle Knights
    3. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
    4. Warriors

    Parramatta Eels (2009)

    Stormed into contention winning 7 games on the trot and then reached the Grand Final against the odds on the back of Jarryd Hayne brilliance.

  2. 2 Who scored the match sealing try in the Sydney Roosters vs Wests Tigers 100 minute epic?

    1. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
    2. Todd Carney
    3. Braith Anasta
    4. Sam Perrett

    Shaun Kenny-Dowall

    In the 100th minute of a fierce encounter, SKD intercepted the ball and ran 70 metres across the field to win this mammoth match for the Roosters.

  3. 3 How many times have the Minor Premiers gone on to become the Major Premiership Holders?

    1. Five
    2. Three
    3. Four
    4. Seven

    Five times

    The Brisbane Broncos have achieved this feat three times while the Panthers and the Roosters have both done it once.

  4. 4 Most points scored in a finals match?

    1. Parramatta Eels vs New Zealand Warriors (2001)
    2. West Tigers vs North Queensland Cowboys (2005)
    3. Gold Coast Titans vs Brisbane Broncos (2009)
    4. Brisbane Broncos vs Newcastle Knights (2006)

    Titans 32-40 Broncos (2009)

    72 points were scored in a 13-try thriller at the then Skilled Park.

  5. 5 Who did Scott Sattler bring down in his famous Grand Final sideline tackle?

    1. Craig Wing
    2. Todd Byrne
    3. Chris Walker
    4. Luke Ricketson

    Todd Byrne

    Scott Sattler brought down Todd Byrne 53 minutes into the match, with the scores locked at 6-6, in one of the greatest and most memorable tackles of all time.

  6. 6 The Cowboys were infamously bundled out of the competition in 2013, due to an inauspicious referee blunder, what was it?

    1. 7th Tackle Try
    2. Hand of Foran
    3. Lui dubious knock on before JT try
    4. Referee ruled Cowboys played too hard to their liking.

    7th Tackle Try

    Beau Ryan scored a 7th tackle try for Cronulla, with the game ending 20-18 and sending the Cowboys on holiday early.

  7. 7 Which team has missed the Finals the least amount of times?

    1. Melbourne Storm
    2. Brisbane Broncos
    3. Sydney Roosters
    4. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

    Brisbane Broncos

    The Broncos have missed the finals just twice, in 2010 and 2013.

  8. 8 Which Player has scored the most tries in a single finals match?

    1. Francis Meli
    2. Billy Slater
    3. Jarryd Hayne
    4. David Williams

    Francis Meli

    Meli scored five tries against the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs in 2003.

  9. 9 Who won the 2011 Clive Churchill medal?

    1. Brett Stewart
    2. Daly Cherry-Evans
    3. Glenn Stewart
    4. William Hopoate

    Glenn Stewart

    Manly's Glenn Stewart. He won man of the match, with an industrious display that included a grubber through ball inside his own half and a try. The Sea Eagles beat the Warriors 24-10.

  10. 10 In what year was the first ever golden point, Grand Final?

    1. 2010
    2. 2005
    3. 2004
    4. 2015


    After Kyle Feldt's try in the corner, and Jonathan Thurston's conversion attempt missed, NRL fans were treated to extra time in the biggest game of the season for the first time ever!

    Thurston's field goal saw North Queensland beat 17-16.

  11. 11 Who was the first 8th ranked team to defeat 1st, and progress onto Week 2?

    Hint: It was under the NRL Finals System, not McIntyre.

    1. Warriors
    2. Eels
    3. Sharks
    4. Panthers

    Warriors vs Storm in Melbourne, Olympic Park (2008)

    Michael Witt nearly gave Ivan Cleary a heart attack when he finished a sweeping Warriors attack, celebrating before planting the ball down. The match ended 18-15 in 2008 under the then NRL Finals System.

  12. 12 How many retiring players have gone out winners?

    1. 2
    2. 4
    3. 6
    4. 5


    1999- Glenn Lazarus (Melbourne Storm)

    2006 - Shane Webcke (Brisbane Broncos)

    2014 - Lote Tuqiri (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

    2016 - Michael Ennis (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)

  13. 13 What was the half-time score of the Knights' latest Grand Final Appearance?

    1. 24-0
    2. 22-2
    3. 26-0
    4. 18-4

    24-0 vs Parramatta (2001)

    The Knights put in one of the greatest first half performances of a Grand Final ever, racing into to a 24-0 lead against Parramatta. 

    The Eels hit back in the second half but Newcastle edged it 30-24.

  14. 14 The most points scored by a player in a single finals match?

    1. Darren Lockyer
    2. Brett Hodgson
    3. Hazem El Masri
    4. Brad Fittler

    Brett Hodgson

    Has the record with 30 points in the 2005 Finals match against the North Queensland Cowboys.

  15. 15 In what year, were there two Indigenous Captains for both sides in a Grand Final?

    1. 1998
    2. 2014
    3. 2010
    4. 2015

    The 2015 Grand Final between the Broncos and Cowboys

    The first time two indigenous players, captained their side in a Grand Final was 2015. Thurston and Justin Hodges captained their sides in a match many regard as the greatest Grand Final ever. 

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  • Shayne Keys

    Fitler lost in 2004 hf. Question 12.

    • Kieran Gibson

      Cheers, fixed and hope you enjoyed the quiz.

  • Jesse

    Luke O’Donnell 2013 with the Roosters? Question 12

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