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2003: Sattler's tackle of the decade
Scott Sattler hangs on to Todd Byrne as if his life, or a Grand Final depends on it. (Getty)

2003: Sattler's tackle of the decade

01:00 AEST Mon Nov 10 2003
By Jane Aubrey, WWOS
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One heroic moment changed the momentum of the 2003 NRL Grand Final with the Panthers and Roosters locked at 6-6 in the second half.

Panthers second-rower Scott Sattler ran from the opposite side of the field to bring down flying Roosters wing Todd Byrne, saving a certain try.

Reflecting on the act after the match, Sattler was understated – "In these sorts of games you just do whatever you have to do". The Panthers went on to win 18-6.

State of Origin proved a battle of wits, with rumours of a rift between Blues coach Phil Gould and Andrew Johns enough to unsettle the Maroons and give New South Wales a 2-1 series win.

Meanwhile, Australia second rower Willie Mason raised eyebrows with his assessment of the Kangaroo Tour: "It's like we've been on a Contiki tour, getting on and off buses, getting pissed".

Scott Sattler hangs on to Todd Byrne as if his life, or a Grand Final depends on it. (Getty)
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