NRL grand final 2019: Sydney Roosters v Canberra Raiders

Raiders co-captain Josh Hodgson reveals family tragedy behind grand final vow

Raiders co-captain Josh Hodgson reveals family tragedy behind grand final vow

Raiders five-eight Jack Wighton, thinking he had another set of six tackles up his sleeve with seven minutes to go and the scores locked up, took the tackle in front of the posts instead of kicking the ball.

"The best player on the field got the award tonight", Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said.

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

The Roosters hung in well and after Cummins changed a back-to-one call, they took the lead when Daniel Tupou broke down the left and found the supporting Tedesco.

There was plenty of debate after the game over who deserved man-of-the-match honours.

Tedesco's try saw the Roosters win their second straight grand final, becoming the first team since the Brisbane Broncos in 1992 and 1993 to win successive premierships in a unified competition.

"It's just hard to swallow", said Wighton, who won the Clive Churchill Medal as the game's best player.

And there is no reason why the Roosters can't do it again next year.

After Raiders prop Sio Soliola charged down a Roosters clearing kick, the ball rebounded and hit the Roosters trainer in the head.

The Raiders couldn't find the necessary try late in the game to send the game into golden point.

But Wighton barely put a foot wrong, in a losing side, and the individual reward capped a memorable season for the Raiders' No.6.

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

Roosters coach Trent Robinson's smile dropped as soon as Johnathan Thurston addressed the elephant in the room during following the Roosters' NRL Grand Final triumph.

But in extraordinary scenes, the referee called for a handover.

"It's very disappointing that the game has been mired in controversy after that initial "six again" call, but ultimately I believe the decision not to give six more tackles was correct."

18m: Roosters second-rower Mitchell Aubusson leaves the field with a knee injury, replaced by Angus Crichton.

The Raiders players didn't hear and were tackled, turning over possession. It was a decision that will be debated for days. I had him as a young fella in 68 and then I came back to him at the Roosters.

Apart from the Roosters fans at the ground, few others will begrudge Wighton his award.

Tedesco scored a late try and loomed as the likely victor.

"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.

Sam Verrills opened the scoring for the Roosters. Canberra throw a lot at you.

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

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