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Biggest NRL comeback: Largest come-from-behind margins in modern Australian rugby league history | Sporting News Australia

The Sydney Roosters went close to creating history on Friday night, falling a few points short of recording the equal-largest comeback in the NRL era.

Down to 12 players after Dom Young’s 26th-minute send-off, the Tricolours came within a single try of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, who held a 26-0 half-time lead.

It wasn’t to be for the Roosters, though, with the final whistle blowing at 30-26.

The Sporting News takes a look at the biggest comebacks in NRL history.

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Biggest comeback in NRL history

There is a three-way tie for the largest comeback in the NRL era, which currently stands at 26 points.

The most recent team to achieve the feat was the Dolphins in 2023 when they came from 0-26 down after just 33 minutes to defeat the Gold Coast Titans 28–26 in Brisbane.

Before that, the Penrith Panthers recovered from 6-32 against the New Zealand Warriors to draw the game at 32-all in 2009.

In 1998, the North Queensland Cowboys stormed back from 0-26 to beat the Penrith Panthers 36-28 following a second-half onslaught.

Points Match (Year)
26

  • Dolphins 28 def. Titans 26 (2023)
  • Panthers 32 draw vs. Warriors 32 (2009)
  • Cowboys 36 def. Panthers 28 (1998)
24

  • Cowboys 36 def. Eels 30 (2015)
  • Sharks 30 def. Roosters 28 (2014)
  • Rabbitohs 29 def. Cowboys 28 (2008)
  • Dragons 36 def. Sea Eagles 34 (2004)
  • Tigers 36 def. Knights 32 (2001)
23

  • Panthers 32 def. Tigers 31 (2000)


Biggest comeback in an NRL grand final

The record for the largest come-from-behind victory in a grand final belongs to the Panthers.

It will be fresh in the memory of fans, too, with the reigning premiers achieving the feat in 2023.

Down 8-24 with 24 minutes remaining, Nathan Cleary led Penrith to a stunning 16-point comeback, claiming a sensational 26-24 win.