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

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The heavily favoured Roosters opened the scoring in the sixth minute through rookie hooker Sam Verrills and centre Latrell Mitchell extended the lead to 8-0 with a 20th-minute penalty. As it bounced backwards into the Raiders' grasp, Cummins waived his hands in the air, to signal a new set, and could be heard saying "six again".

The title was awarded to Canberra Raiders five eighth Jack Wighton, but Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, from the victorious Sydney Roosters side, was told only minutes earlier that he had won.

It was one of those tough calls, with players from each side contesting a high Raiders kick.

One minute later, Roosters fullback James Tedesco scored the match-winning try by finishing off a 60-metre movement in front of a crowd of 82,982 at ANZ Stadium.

With the scores tied at 8-8, the Raiders had the Roosters on the rack and looked to have earned a repeat set when Tedesco failed to reel in a Jack Wighton bomb.

NRL head of football Graham Annesley said that ultimately, the right decision was made because he ball had bounced off the Raiders, however he conceded that the Raiders attackers were left confused.

Annesley offered to speak to Ricky Stuart post-game but the Raiders coach declined the invitation.

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No team has won successive titles since the NRL began in 1998 when the professional game was reunited after a schism known as the "Super League War".

"No mate, go away!" she said, smiling, before delivering an effortless cross.

The drop in viewers also sees the third year in a row that viewer numbers have declined for a grand final, with Australian site TVBlackbox claiming that viewership has declined every year since the 2016 grand Final.

"I think in all the jumping around and cheering; I've got bad fingers and it must have slid off", the 35-year-old said. "That's why I asked him if he called six-again and he said no, I called five-and-last".

While the Raiders threw everything at them in the second half, their defence held firm time and time again, just as it had all season.

Not like a Canberra player would have liked to show it off, or anything... Cooper Cronk was sin-binned over the incident. And he the said decision to give the Roosters a scrum feed after the ball hit the club's trainer Travis Touma, was the correct application of the rules.

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