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NRL grand final 2019: Cooper Cronk gets haka send-off from team-mates

NRL grand final 2019: Cooper Cronk gets haka send-off from team-mates

"Cooper told me about his cousins in Bondi", he said.

After the sin bin, Channel 9 commentator Phil Gould said: "That's really harsh, it's the kind of call that can change a game".

Waerea-Hargreaves was forced to stand on the wings of the presentation stage as Wighton accepted the award.

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.

Sam Burgess in 2014 has been the only non-Australian to win the prize.

Cummins waved "six again" when he ruled Roosters full back James Tedesco had touched the ball when attempting to catch a bomb before reversing his decision - but the confusion led to drama.

"Just one of them games, mate". I'm very proud of the boys, it's just a very weird feeling at the minute'.

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

"Whether those people out there that booed agree or not, Jack didn't pick it".

"Three days before the Melbourne game, it was tough".

"I think they know a little bit more than the wombats sitting in there behind the goals".

"As a game we stand together, side-by-side ..."

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Your columnist has been writing about it and sounding like a broken record since March.

NRL fans are fuming over a "farcical" incident in the NRL grand final that disadvantaged the Raiders.

The premiership winning coach gave Thurston a frosty response when the Cowboys legend asked him about how he saw the controversial moment the match was turned on its head in the 72nd minute when the referee Ben Cummins backflipped on his initial decision to award the Raiders six more tackles. This was a disgraceful call on the Raiders.

A great drought was going to end either way at ANZ Stadium.

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

Fans on social media were left absolutely livid.

But when Canberra played on thinking they had a repeat set deep in Roosters territory after referee Ben Cummins had signalled to reset the tackle count before quickly changing his mind to signal fifth and last, Sydney launched a devastating counter-attack.

Certainly Wighton felt aggrieved by the decision and said he was "just following the boss" when he held onto the ball.

Sydney Roosters became the first team to win back-to-back National Rugby League titles for 26 years by beating Canberra Raiders in the Grand Final.

Among the post-match celebrations, Cronk lost his premiership ring, which is worth $A10,000 and has 160 diamonds.

Former Parramatta star Peter Sterling said that the players may not have heard the revised call. "You're a godsend", he told her.


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