In the longest and most rousing match of the season to date, the never-say-die attitude of the Roosters coupled with the Tricolours award winning talents including Dally M medallist Todd Carney and captain of the year Braith Anasta, saw the Roosters shut down the Tigers in a 100 minute gold point thriller at the SFS on Saturday night.
With just one point between the two and one second left of standard time, Anasta booted a field goal and pushed the game into extra time giving the Roosters the edge they needed to sneak to victory after being behind on the board for the bulk of the night.
After a gripping and testing 20 minutes of over-time that featured many failed field goal attempts, star Shaun Kenny-Dowall scored the match winning try edging out the Tigers and pushing the Chooks onto the next round.
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Things started off in fiery fashion right from the first set of six on Saturday night in the epic clash that will go down in the history books.
A penalty awarded to the Roosters in the 19th minute after Gareth Ellis was put on report for a high shot on Carney opened Sydney’s account as Carney opted to kick it through the sticks for the two points.
The Tigers dominated in attack and possession during the opening half, but despite spending a lot of time down near their rivals line, didn’t open the try scoring until nearly 30 minutes in.
Four times the Tigers crossed in the first quarter and four times they were denied by the video ref, three to Gareth Ellis.
Lote Tuqiri was first to score in the 28th minute and Benji Marshall successfully converted to give Wests a 6 – 2 lead.
Less than 10 minutes later the Tigers extended their lead when Beau Ryan scored their second in the 36th minute, Marshall missing the kick so the home side took a 10 – 2 lead to halftime.
In the second half the Tigers again dominated the play early, Blake Ayshford getting over for their third try of the night in the 48th minute after intercepting a Mitch Aubusson pass and running 70m to score.
Marshall missed a second time, but Wests were still racing away leading by two converted tries.
Before the Roosters could begin their thrilling comeback, veteran hooker Robbie Farah kicked a drop goal in the 54th minute giving the Tigers that extra one point buffer.
Finally the Chooks got their first try of the night in the 60th minute when skipper Anasta got over after Carney kicked a little grubber to himself before passing the ball onto his captain, and the star five-eighth’s successful conversion narrowed the margin 15 – 8.
Stepping up in defence, the visitors stopped their rivals from posting any more points and their impressive attitude paid off in the 74th minute when Mitchell Pearce scored their second.
Carney got another cracker conversion so there was just one point between the two and six minutes left on the clock.
Time dwindled away until only a few seconds remained of standard time and then Anasta kicked an all-mighty 35m field goal that pushed the game into gold point extra time for the first time in finals history.
The atmosphere was electric as the Roosters prepared to cause the seventh upset with team number six defeating team number three in NRL history.
In a devastating blow for the Tigers, their star kicker Marshall had been forced off the field with a knee injury and was unable to play in the end leaving them without the one man that would be certain to secure victory with a field goal.
After nearly 20 more minutes of extra time that had the players’ hammies screaming as loud as the fans, and a number of failed field goal attempts, Shaun Kenny-Dowall grabbed an intercept and sprinted 60m down the field to score under the sticks and seat the Roosters win!
In this weekend’s semis the Tigers play the Raiders and Canberra while the Roosters play at the SFS again this time against the Panthers.
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