NRL: Roosters win Grand Final 14-8 after controversial call

Lui turned around his league career in Canberra

The sell-out crowd of 82,922 was filled with green as Raiders fans sat in hope.

The pre-game atmosphere was extraordinary when around 60,000 fans participated in the Viking Clap. It resulted in a handover to the Roosters, who were hard on defence.

Rivals may hate the Roosters but you've got to respect them.

The early nerves weren't limited to just on the field with Gold Coast Titans skipper Ryan James struggling with the Welcome to Country.

"And he said no, I called five and last". James was seen memorising the words to himself in the tunnel prior to kick-off. "We love ya, we wish you all the best in retirement and we'll make sure we celebrate this one for you mate". I would be pretty shattered if I was the Raiders.

Braithwaite continued as the players waited to kick-off. Sunday was Cronk's ninth grand final.

Andrew Johns added: "It hits the trainer right in the head". We actually did. We got beaten by a good team.

Victor Radley ran the ball with goal early and made a key pass to Sio Siua Taukeiaho, whose charge down the field gave the Roosters some reprieve as they were camped deep in their own half for an eternity.

Under NRL rules, if play is "irregularly affected", the referee awards a scrum feed to the attacking side and, after forcing a repeat set, Verrills scored.


The Roosters led 8-6 at half-time but it appeared Canberra had all the momentum.

The Raiders five-eighth also came up with a number of jarring hits, including one on Roosters second-rower Angus Crichton in the first half.

39m: Roosters winger Brett Morris is taken out of a contest for the ball with Mitchell missing a penalty to end the half.

The Sydney Roosters' 14-8 premiership victory was marred by an outrageous blunder by referees Ben Cummins and Gerard Sutton with seven minutes to go and the score dead-locked at 8-all on Sunday evening. Croker kicks the penalty to lock up the score 8-8.

The referees were influential for the entire 80 minutes after the Roosters took first points in controversial circumstances after Sam Verrills dived over.

66m: Raiders fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad spills bomb, giving Roosters another set.

NRL head of football Graham Annesley told Channel Nine after the game that he was satisfied with the actions of the referees in the 50th-minute sin-binning of Cooper Cronk and late confusion about an overturned "six again" call by referee Ben Cummins.

Mitchell's offload sent Daniel Tupou sprinting away down the left wing before passing back inside for man of the moment Tedesco to finish a try converted by the player who started the move to put Sydney within touching distance of back-to-back title triumphs.

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