'Absolutely robbed': Anger after 'disgraceful' referee blunder mars NRL grand final


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

Cronk's sin-binning allowed Canberra to draw level.

"Did it affect the way Canberra play out that final tackle?"

"It's very disappointing that the game has been mined in controversy after that initial six again call".

But the game was turned on its head when Cronk was sensationally sin binned in the 50th minute for a professional foul in his final game.

One of the highlights of the Roosters win was their brick wall defence as time and again they held the Raiders attack at bay.

"I wanna go on TV", he said as he put his arm around her and shuffled in front of the camera.

The video referee said it wasn't a penalty try but that it was a professional foul.

Channel 9 commentator Phil Gould was incensed by the decision labelling it "extremely tough".

Andrew Johns agreed and said "I'm with you Gus, that's not a sin bin", before relenting and saying "at least they're consistent". It was his kick that caused Tedesco to knock-on and earned the Green Machine a repeat set.

The performance while he was off the field nearly spoke louder than while he was out there with the Roosters.

The Roosters then scored off the next set, with Luke Keary exploding down the blind side and Latrell Mitchell producing a handsome flick pass to unlock Daniel Tupou for Tedesco to score between the posts.

This was triumph for a wonderful team and a retiring individual - Cooper Cronk.

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"And I think they know a little bit more than the wombats sitting in there beside the goal posts".

"This club cops a lot of criticism but it's got one big heart, one big soul and an bad lot of good people".

Cronk celebrated the premiership victory and his final game in the NRL on the field with wife Tara Rushton.

Had the Raiders won the Premiership, they would have been heading to these shores to play in the World Club Challenge against St Helens or Salford.

The Sydney Roosters have become the first team to record back-to-back premierships in 26 years, however their 14-8 Grand Final win over Canberra will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. "What you have done for this team and this club will never be forgotten".

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

"It's been an emotional week with the chat just before", Cronk said.

Retired NRL legend Johnathan Thurston said the call had left him 'dumbfounded'. "He is as good as I have seen", Coote said. He will now retire one of the greatest halfbacks of all time.

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

"The man is a skilful player but not exceptional".

"I knew I got through it in the Melbourne game and I thought I hid it pretty well".

While Cronk has been uncomfortable being mentioned in the same breath as the greats. "But I accept it created confusion among the Canberra players". That's what he told me.