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James Tedesco scored the match-winning try in the 72nd minute, but it came off the back of a controversial referee decision which has dominated post-match headlines.

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

If you're a Canberra Raiders fan, you may have found a poetic beauty in Sydney Roosters star Cooper Cronk losing his premiership ring after last night's 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.

Losing half, Jack Wighton took out the Clive Church Medal for Man of the Match, calling it "bittersweet".

It is a hard one to soak in first time being here.

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

Croker equalised 10 minutes into the second half when Cronk was binned, but with the game in the balance the Roosters broke away against the run of play and Tedesco, the Dally M gold medallist, capped off the season of his life with the match-sealing try.

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".

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Cronk was deemed by the video referee to have committed a professional foul on Josh Papalii for tackling him before the prop could take a pass 10 metres from the line, resulting in the former Australia worldwide being sin-binned and Croker kicking the goal.

"Word economy was one of his greatest assets".

Cronk said he was the beneficiary of jumping on the back of players who had changed the way the game was played "and just had fun along the way". Sunday was Cronk's ninth grand final.

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

The Green Machine didn't stop believing.

Mayes is equally impressed with Roosters coach Trent Robinson, who has transformed the club's culture during his seven years at Bondi to date.

George Williams, John Bateman and Ryan Sutton could be playing against Wigan early next year following Canberra's Grand Final defeat.

Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary added: "The whole second half I thought we were in massive trouble". "It's an incredible achievement", Cordner said. Victor Radley was taken from the field for a concussion test before returning. They're a club built on sustained success and consistent victory.

The pre-game atmosphere was extraordinary when around 60,000 fans participated in the Viking Clap. They had $204,000 riding on a Roosters win.

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