Published: Wed, October 09, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

NRL fans fume over ‘farcical’ grand final call

NRL fans fume over ‘farcical’ grand final call

But Dally M player of the year, Tedesco, ensured Cronk got the flawless send-off by finishing a devastating 72nd-minute counter-attack which made the Roosters the first side to win back-to-back titles in a unified Australian competition since Brisbane Broncos in 1992 and 1993.

But the Roosters' defence held firm with Cronk sidelined, while the Raiders could not stop the Roosters' 60-metre team effort to win the game.

A controversial call from Ben Cummins helped Sydney Roosters secure back-to-back NRL Premierships against Canberra Raiders with a 14-8 win.

The Roosters led 8-6 going into halftime but the sin-binning of star half Cooper Cronk shortly after the break saw the Green Machine ramp up the pressure.

It was the most decisive passage of play in the Grand Final - but Robinson appeared affronted to even be asked about it.

Raiders star Jack Wighton - the Clive Churchill Medal victor - retrieved the loose ball, saw Cummins call and didn't kick.

Croker equalised 10 minutes into the second half when Cronk was binned, but with the game in the balance the Roosters broke away against the run of play and Tedesco, the Dally M gold medallist, capped off the season of his life with the match-sealing try.

"For individuals, I've been booed a bit this week and last week".

Cooper Cronk got the flawless farewell.

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It was the first time the Roosters have gone back-to-back since 1974-75 when Immortal Arthur Beetson was captain and legendary Jack Gibson was coach.

"Word economy was one of his greatest assets".

With the ring back in his grasp, Cronk said "It will collect dust somewhere".

Wighton's left boot caused Tedesco plenty of headaches in the first half and he did well to step past Angus Crichton for the Raiders' only try.

Roosters coach Trent Robinson had the most glowing comments for Cronk.

"Cooper is a champion and last year's grand final proved it when he played with a busted shoulder", Mayes told The Sunday Telegraph. "Three legends of our game pick the award and they know more than the wombats sitting in behind the goalposts".

Before a noisy sell-out crowd of 82,922, this was one hell of a grand final.

Tedesco seized on the mistake to turn the game for the Roosters. They had $204,000 riding on a Roosters win. They're a club built on sustained success and consistent victory.

A Luke Keary kick hit Raiders big man Sia Soliola in the head with teammate Elliott Whitehead leading the chase for the ball until it hit Touma. Canberra fans rose as one when Immortal Mal Meninga blew the horn to lead the Viking Clap alongside some of the Raiders best including Laurie Daley, Glenn Lazarus and Terry Campese.

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