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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

March 19: Super League saga; new owners for Rabbitohs

On this day, the ARL v Super League war heats up, 'Joey' roasts the Raiders and an Oscar-winner takes joint ownership of the Rabbitohs.


The ARL reportedly discusses a two-tier competition to thwart the advances of Super League. An elite 10-team A-Conference and a second-level B-Conference would operate within the framework of the overall competition. Teams in the second level would have the opportunity to qualify for the main final series.


ARL-loyal clubs meet to discuss the rebels’ proposal but reject most of their demands, while the rebels continue to plan their own competition. Without their players, Super League clubs appear certain to forfeit ARL premiership matches.


Brisbane players Gorden Tallis and Ashley Harrison are cited following the Broncos’ clash with Newcastle. Knights football manager Mark Sargent confirms a formal letter was sent by the club to the NRL judiciary complaining about the actions of five Brisbane players.


South Sydney members vote "yes" to the proposal of Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes a Court to privatise the iconic club. The proposal requires 75 percent support to succeed and scrapes in by 32 votes. Also on this day Newcastle hammer Canberra 70-32 to set a new record for most points in one game. Knights star Andrew Johns racks up 30 points.


Junior Kiwi international Te Maire Martin explodes into the NRL with a memorable match-winning debut for Penrith against competition hotshots Brisbane. Martin levels the scores with a late try before landing a field goal in a thrilling 23-22 victory.