That’s all she wrote for the 2019 NRL season. It wouldn’t be a Grand Final without some controversy, but the Roosters found a way to end up on top after 80 minutes.
NRL Grand Final Recap
So, there is ‘that’ call at the end, but there was more to the game.
— Jason Oliver (@JasonNRL) October 6, 2019
There was the Roosters flying out of the blocks before the Raiders put the breaks on them and finished the first half strongest. There were the repeat sets and opportunities for the Raiders to pull in front only for this impressive Roosters defence to keep them out.
Cooper Cronk’s sin-bin threw a spanner into the works. Again, the Roosters responded. They kept the Raiders to just two points while playing a man down and kept themselves in the game when things could have gone sour.
And when presented with an opportunity late in the piece to ice the game, they took it.
People talk about premiership minutes and “moments in a game”. Controversial or not, the Roosters took their chances and take the Provan Summons Trophy back to Bondi as a result.
Highlight Play of the Game
“Tedesco will be there and ready to feature in the highlight moment of the match”
The decision proceeding the play is all that is being talked about, but it’s no conincidene that James Tedesco was there and ready to capitalise.
Cometh the hour, cometh the superstar!
— NRL (@NRL) October 6, 2019
A look ahead to 2020
As one futures market closes, another opens.
The 2020 Premiership market is already live with the Roosters $4 favourites to create further history by becoming the first team in the NRL era to win three on the bounce. They’ll be doing it without Cooper Cronk, and his influence on the side can’t be understated.
A popular pick for punters will be the Sea Eagles at $13. They’re building quite a squad on the Northern Beaches and will no doubt improve with another preseason under their belt. While they never looked at their best in 2019, the Sharks are alongside the Sea Eagles at $13.
Fellow improvers, the Eels, are just a step further behind at $15. Meanwhile, the Panthers and Broncos are at a somewhat surprising $19 and $21 respectively.
The Warriors, Cowboys, Dragons and Tigers are all at $26 and sandwiched in between the Knights at $23 and Bulldogs at $34.
The Titans are at the longest odds to end the 2020 season with the trophy above their heads. They’re way out at $67 following their horror wooden spoon-winning 2019 campaign.