NRL Grand Final 2019: Live updates - Sydney Roosters v Canberra Raiders

Raiders celebrate a try against the Roosters
Raiders celebrate a try against the Roosters. Photo credit: AAP

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Roosters 14 Raiders 8

Fulltime

Sydney Roosters 14 (Verrills & Tedesco tries; Mitchell three goals) Canberra Raiders 8 (Wighton try; Croker two goals)

Great game, a real wrestle that hinged on a controversial call in the final moments. Tough way to lose for Canberra, but great way for Cooper Cronk to end his career.

Strangely, Jack Wighton is named Man of the Match, winning the Clive Churchill Medal, despite his team coming out on the wrong side of the scoreline.

80th minute - Leilua bursts down the right sideline and makes big ground. Raiders come left and Cotric is dragged down.

Hodgson tries to hack the ball to the line, but he misses and Roosters fall on it to wrap up the crown - the first back-to-back titles since 1992-93.

79th minute - Roosters just socaking up time here. Canberra have a scrum feed for their last roll of the dice.

78th minute - Wighton kicks long, hoping for field positions for one last play. Tedesco is crunched in a tackle from Horsburgh and Wighton, and he's dazed.

77th minute - Tedesco makes another half break and Cronk would have been in for another try, if he had let the pass go.

76th minute - Roosters are racing up on defence, with Mitchell and Manu both charging out of the line to stop the Raiders attack.

74th minute - Raiders need to respond quickly, with time running out now.

73rd minute - TRY to Tedesco!

Wow, that call has come back to bite the Raiders big time. Keary goes left and finds Mitchell, who flicks a back-handed pass to Tupou.

The rangy winger makes big ground, draws the last defender and sets Tedesco loos for the line.

Mitchell converts. Wow.

71st minute - Wighton kicks high and the ball seems to bounce off Tedesco's chest. Wighton is tackled, but the officials overturn their call and give possession to the Roosters.

70th minute - Nicoll-Klokstad is off, replaced by former NZ sevens rep Bailey Simonsson. 

Are we thinking field goal sometime soon?

68th minute - Nicoll-Klokstad can't take Keary's high kick and Waerea-Hargreaves grabs possession for six more. Raiders are penalised for a high tackle on Keary and Mitchell will line up a kick at goal.

He hooks it right. there are 82,922 in the stadium tonight.

66th minute - Wighton is peppering Morris' corner, but the veteran is up for it again. Papalii is back on the field, as Taukeiaho bursts upfield.

65th minute - Cronk kicks long to Nicoll-Klokstad.

64th minute - It's all Raiders at the moment, as they mount another attack. Wighton puts in a grubber towards the posts, but Butcher falls on the ball.

63rd minute - Sezer puts in a chip kick on the last tackle, Croker chases and Morris is trapped in the goal area for a dropout.

62nd minute - Nicoll-Klokstad is cramping up in midfield. He's run for 171 metres tonight.

Raiders kick is charged down, it bounces back to Nicoll-Klokstad and they have another six tackles.

60th minute - Raiders go right on the last, Leilua lunges and then tries to pass to Rapana, who touches down, but the ball has gone forward.

Cronk is back. Leilua's jersey is shredded.

59th minute - Liu spills the ball in a tackle and the Raiders will take over inside the Roosters half.

Cronk's 10 minutes are almost up, but Canberra have one last set with their man advantage.

57th minute - Bateman charges over halfway, Raiders run on the last, but the ball is thrown into touch.

56th minute - Sezer kicks high, Whitehead and Morris go up together, and Morris claims the ball, landing on his back.

55th minute - Papalii heads to the sideline, he needs a spell.

54th minute - Friend chips on the last and finds touch.

53rd minute - Wighton kicks long to Morris, who seems to have been a passenger so far.

52nd minute - Friend is in the game. Keary's high kick finds turf and the difficult bounce almost undoes Rapana.

51st minute - Papalii offloads and Raiders swarm upfield against a 12-man defence.

50th minute - Nicoll-Klokstad spins out of three tackles before he's tackled, but as Papalii charges towards the posts, he lose the ball.

Refs are checking for interference - Cronk tackling Papalii without the ball. He's too far out for a penalty try, but Cronk is guilty of a professional foul and he's headed to the sin bin.

Commentators are predictably blowing up, but it was an early tackle. Croker slots the penalty to tie up the score.

49th minute - Whitehead loses the ball in a tackle, but Roosters are penalised for stripping. Raiders tap.

48th minute - Friend is leaving the bench and coming to the sideline. Keary's high kick is claimed by Rapana.

46th minute - Roosters have Canberra pinned, before Papalii busts over halfway. Sezer kicks high to Tedesco.

45th minute - Raiders are looking for a way through, but the pass goes loose and Tupou grabs possession.

44th minute - Leilua breaks the line and is dragged down a couple of metres short. When the ball goes left, Wighton grubbers, but Tedesco tidies up for a dropout.

43rd minute - Leilua offloads to Hodgson and Raiders surge forward.

42nd minute - Cronk kicks high to the corner and Cordner rises high to reclaim, but spills the ball when he hits the ground.

Raiders get a penalty to relieve pressure.

41st minute - Roosters kick off for the second half. Hodgson's kick on the last finds Tupou.

Halftime

Sydney Roosters 8 (Verrills try Mitchell two goals) Canberra Raiders 6 (Wighton try; Croker goal)

40th minute - Cordner makes more metres up the middle, Cronk kicks high and Cotric claims, but Crocker is penalised for impeding a chase.

Mitchell will line up a penalty attempt from near the right touch, but he slices it.

Still anyone's game at halftime.

38th minute - Sezer kicks to the line, Crocket just misses an acrobatic mid-air catch and Manu catches in goal. 

37th minute - Leilua draws a penalty in the tackle and Raiders pour back onto attack.

36th minute - Roosters go close again, when a kick isn't fielded cleanly by Canberra and bounces back to Mitchell. When the ball goes right, Manu fumbles.

35th minute - Aubusson won't be back for the Roosters, but Radley is about to return from his HIA. Still no sign of Friend.

33rd minute - Waerea-Hargreaves charges to the posts, Keary grubbers over the line and Nicoll-Klokstad forces the ball dead.

32nd minute - Canberra have their tails up now, let's see how they build on this.

Wow, Lui spills the ball in a tackle immediately and Roosters go on the attack.

31st minute - TRY to Wighton!

Wighton puts up a high kick to the corner, but Tedesco can't gather and the ball bounces back to the Raiders. Wighton takes the infield pass and finds a gap to score.

Crocker lines up a conversion from the wrong side of the field for the left-footer, but he slots it.

30th minute - Bateman takes on the Roosters defence, they're just 20m out. Sezer is rocked in an awkward tackle.

29th minute - Mitchell kicks long and high to Nicoll-Klokstad.

28th minute - Cronk kicks high, Rapana is safe underneath. Wighton threatens to bust the defence.

26th minute - Roosters put up a high kick, but the ball is knocked forward by a pursuer and Raiders have a scrum feed. Waerea-Hargreaves already has 10 carries for 108 metres.

25th minute - Sezer tries to slip a pass, but it bobbles loose and he regathers, offside.

Taukeiaho is on for Radley.

23rd minute - Raiders on atttack and draw a penalty in the tackle. Waerea-Hargreaves added a little something extra.

They tap and run.

21st minute - Roosters have the ball again, but Radley drops it - eyes are probably still watering from that nose hit. He's actually coming off for an HIA. 

20th minute - Tapine is penalised to tapping Radley on the schnoz in a tackle. Mitchell lines up the kick at goal and slots it to extend the lead.

19th minute - Both teams completing at 100 percent, Roosters 9/9 and Raiders 7/7.

18th minute - Keary kicks high, Nicoll-Klokstad claims.

16th minute - Cronk kicks high near the touchline and in the scramble, Manu lands awkwardly. He's back up, but hobbling.

Aubusson was the Roosters' centre cover. 

15th minute - Hodgson kicks to the line and Crichton sticks out a foot to deflect, but Cotric tries to bat the ball back in field and the ball is out off him. Roosters scrum.

14th minute - Crichton is coming on for Aubusson - that's a big loss. Raiders take a tap from the penalty and charge towards the line.

13th minute - Wighton kicks high, Tedesco catches, but Wighton is taken out after the kick by Radley. Aubusson is down with a knee injury and he looks gone.

12th minute - Keary kicks to Nicoll-Klokstad.

11th minute - Canberra surge into Roosters territory, Wighton kicks high on the last, Cotric claims and recycles, and Wighton lunges over the line, but he's held up.

10th minute - On the last tackle, Cordner hacks the ball to the goal-line, but Hodgson tidies up. Cotric earns a penalty in the tackle and Canberra clear.

Eighth minute - Raiders haven't seen much of the ball so far and Roosters draw a penalty against Tapine at marker, so more good field position.

Sixth minute - TRY to Verrills!

Roosters have the Raiders defence at sixes and sevens, and Verrills darts from dummy half to split three would-be tacklers.

Verrills has started at hooker, but will likely be replaced by Friend at some point. Mitchell converts the try from in front.

Fifth minute - Keary feeds Cordner, who rolls towards the tryline, but is held up.

Keary puts a chip into the goal area, but Crocker is there to force. The dropout lands on the Roosters 40, a massive kick.

Third minute - Cordner surges upfield, but at the end of the set, Soliola charges down Keary's kick and the ball careens off a trainer's, back to Soliola lying on the ground. Roosters put in to a scrum.

Bizarre.

Second minute - Wighton's high kick is taken by Tedesco.

First minute - Raiders kick off the Grand Final, with Waerea-Hargreaves taking the first hit-up. Keary puts up a kick at the end of the set, fielded by Cotric.

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Teams are taking the field now, with the Raiders entering to the traditional 'Viking Clap' ritual.

In a late change, Jake Friend has been added to the Roosters bench, replacing Kiwi Zane Tetevano. The hooker hasn't played much this season with injury, but he's expected to enter the game late in the first half.

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Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the NRL Grand Final between Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders from Sydney's ANZ Stadium

This time last year, the Roosters overcame perennial contenders Melbourne Storm to capture their 14th premiership title - they overcame the same opponents last week to earn a shot at their 15th.

On the other hand, the Raiders have won just three titles and the past of those was now a quarter of a century ago, when current coach Ricky Stuart guides his side home 36-12 over the Canterbury Bulldogs.

Stuart has also coached the Roosters to three Grand Finals in 2002-04, winning the crown in his debut season. In 2016, he led the Raiders to a second-place finish in the regular season and fell one game short of the final.

These two sides feature strong Kiwi contingents - Sydney will have Joseph Manu at centre, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Isaac Liu at props, and Zane Tetevano coming off the bench, along with former Kiwis international Sio Siua Taukeiaho.

Canberra will have Auckland-born Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Kiwis internationals Jordan Rapana, aSiio Soliola and Joseph Tapine, and former NZ rugby sevens representtve Bailey Simonsson in their playing squad.

The TAB has installed the Roosters as $1.37 favourites to win, with Canberra at $3.

Roosters: 1-James Tedesco, 2-Daniel Tupou, 3-Latrell Mitchell, 4-Joseph Manu, 5-Brett Morris, 6-Luke Keary, 7-Cooper Cronk, 8-Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9-Sam Verrills, 10-Isaac Liu, 11-Boyd Cordner, 12-Mitchell Aubusson, 13-Victor Radley

Interchange: 14-Angus Crichton, 15-Zane Tetevano, 16-Nat Butcher, 17-Sio Siua Taukeiaho

Raiders: 1-Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, 2-Nick Cotric, 3-Jarrod Croker, 4-Joseph Leilua, 5-Jordan Rapana, 6-Jack Wighton, 7-Aidan Sezer, 8-Josh Papalii, 9-Josh Hodgson, 10-Iosia Soliola, 11-John Bateman, 12-Elliott Whitehead, 13-Joseph Tapine

Interchange: 14-Bailey Simonsson, 15-Emre Guler, 16-Corey Horsburgh, 17-Dumanis Lui

Join us at 9:30pm for live updates of the big game.

Pre-game: Taukeiaho reflects on journey from Warriors to Roosters

Siosiua Taukeiaho has gone from unwanted by the under-achieving NZ Warriors to making the biggest runs of any forward in the NRL.

And on Sunday, he will play his second straight Grand Final, as he continues to reward the Sydney Roosters for taking a chance on him, when no-one else wanted to.

Now one of the hardest-working forwards in the competition, Taukeiaho found his career at a crossroads as a 21-year-old at the end of 2013.

"I had one more year, but the Warriors wanted to let me go," Taukeiaho told AAP.

"A few times during the season, because I had a lot of injuries I was carrying every year.

"And I think, for them, it was just time for me to move on. I couldn't do much about it - it was a business thing.

"All I could do was get my manager on board, and try and get me an offer. There was only one offer and it was from the Roosters."

That decision has paid off for the 'Tri-colours'. Taukeiaho had only played one game for the Warriors when he came across, but the 27-year-old is now a hard-working staple of the defending premiers pack.

"It's been a long journey," he said. "I spoke to my wife about it this week and how far I have come to get the opportunity to play in a Grand Final.

"I'm so grateful to the Roosters that they gave me the opportunity to continue my career, look after my family and put food on the table.

"I'm glad I took the opportunity to come here and train hard. Trent [Robinson] and the club have developed me personally and as a player.

Sio Siua Taukeiaho in action for the Roosters
Sio Siua Taukeiaho in action for the Roosters. Photo credit: Getty

"I've been able to play in a few finals, won a premiership and it would be awesome to win another one."

Taukeiaho is off-contract at the end of next year and technically becomes a free agent on November 1.

But in good news for Roosters fans, he has no intention on leaving the nest.

"I would love to stay here," he said. "I don't think I see myself anywhere else - I haven't looked into it yet.

"I want to win a premiership on Sunday and then we'll probably start negotiating once everything is all done."

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