The mouthwatering showdown between the Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders, meeting in a decider for the first time, is one of the most highly anticipated Grand Finals in rugby league history. Origin-like pride will be on the line from 1. With the NRLW competition growing each year and the level of skill and talent more impressive than ever, this Grand Final will be another must-watch clash if recent NRLW matches are anything to go by. From 6.
But the return of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has seen the forward dumped again, dropping off the bench while Roosters skipper Jake Friend still remains a chance of a Grand Final birth.
Lindsay Collins is the unluckiest Rooster. I think to be a part of the journey the whole time and to be around the boys is a reward in itself anyway.
The full day schedule is: — 12pm: The area around ANZ Stadium, known as the Precinct, will be transformed into a family-friendly zone featuring merchandise outlets, food stalls, skills station and mascots. In a sign that the sides were set to battle it out of the premiership, superstar centre Latrell Mitchell suffered a groin injury, skipper Boyd Cordner had concussion and winger Daniel Tupou was caught in a crusher tackle.
The Roosters had led just after halftime but the Raiders hit back with three tries in 17 minutes but fell just short.
Round 21 — Sunday August Raiders 18 — Roosters 22 It might have been five weeks early but Roosters edged the Raiders in a pulsating thriller worthy of finals match. But the Roosters hung on, despite it being the start of the one-on-one steal debate between the teams.
Can Cooper Cronk go out a winner?
A three-time premiership winner with a further two stripped, Cronk is set to line up for his ninth Grand Final to cap off an incredible career.
He famously led the Roosters to the premiership last year with a broken scapula and with just one game left in his career, expect a big game from the year-old legend.
The Australian and NSW fullback has won just about everything there is to win this season and has made himself one of, if not the, best player in the NRL.
The prop has been a consistent leader for the Raiders forward pack and inspired the side to defeat the Rabbitohs in the preliminary final.
Another big performance could inspire his side again and give the Raiders creative players a platform to shock the Roosters. He is the Raiders leader and has been since , leading the side around the park and controlling the match for his charges.
Plus his 14 strips this season make him an X-factor player who can shift the momentum with the sneaky play.
One Republic will headline the Sunday night festivities and will play alongside several Australian artists. American band One Republic. Natalie Bassingthwaighte will sing the Australian national anthem before the game gets underway.
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