Monday, 14 October, 2019

Grand larceny: 'Worst call in history'

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Julia Gonzales | 09 October, 2019, 14:22

Most agree the medal was given to the most deserving player, making Wighton only the fourth player to receive the medal from a losing team.

It is understood Waerea-Hargreaves was told prematurely by an unknown official he had won the award before Lockyer's votes had been tallied.

Despite Wighton's individual success, he struggled to hide his disappointment after his team failed to break their 25-year premiership drought.

"Dumbfounded. I'm dumbfounded by that", Thurston told Nine.

"I'm not nostalgic, it just sits somewhere in a box and they won't see the light of day".

"It's a very weird feeling at the minute".

Not like a Canberra player would have liked to show it off, or anything...

"That meant six tackles should not have been awarded", Annesley said.

"Whether those people out there that booed agree or not, Jack didn't pick it". Three legends of our game picked the award.

"It's not ideal, I'm not here to criticise the referees but I didn't think it was a sin bin".

The mix-up was one of a handful of moments during and after the game which has dominated headlines.

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It followed an earlier controversy in which the Roosters got the ball back after a kick ricocheted off Sia Soliola and then the Roosters' own trainer.

Cronk hit Raiders prop Josh Papalii, who looked nearly certain to score, marginally early while defending his line. Everything was against us, Cooper [Cronk] getting sent to the bin in his last game, we were under the pump that whole second half.

Cummins waved his arms in the air to signal six again but, when Jack Wighton was tackled with the ball, they ruled a turnover.

James Tedesco was the hero as he scored the winning try in the 72nd minute.

Johnny Mayes reckons there is no player more suitable to join him in the record books than Sydney Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk.

71m: Referee Ben Cummins waves another six off a spilt Raiders bomb but then changes the call, instead handing possession to the Roosters.

The Roosters had taken the lead with a controversial sixth-minute try before Jack Wighton went over for the Raiders.

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.

In the opening stages, a charged down kick which could have led to a Canberra Raiders try hit the Sydney Roosters physio on the field at the time, in the head.

Cronk finished his career with victory in his ninth Grand Final - equalling Ron Coote and Eddie Lumsden for third-most appearances in a decider.

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