It was not the prettiest game, maybe even close to one of the ugliest – but the Sydney Roosters and Cronulla Sharks played out a 14-all draw at Toyota Stadium last night.
The talking point will however be two no-tries to the Cronulla Sharks, as deemed by the video referee – with the spotlight on Todd Carney to put his former team to the sword, something he could not do.
As the game went into golden point, there were botched field goals from both sides, with some missing because of a lack of accuracy, and others missing because of pressure from the opposition on the kick.
Despite the draw however, Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was put on report not once, but twice – for two separate high-tackle incidents.
Flanagan described the two incidents as: what he does regularly, we knew it was coming”.
With questions being asked if that was a game that got away, considering the Sharks were in the position they were, without their entire starting back-row, Flanagan said:
“We were in a position there with four-and-a-half minutes to go and we led by six and were pretty much in control.
“We dropped the ball coming out of our end … they came up with points, so I do consider it a point lost.”
For Roosters coach Brian Smith, he was disappointed at the lack of composure from his side, particularly during the golden point period.
“We just didn’t play any footy at all in that last period in extra time,” Smith said.
“It ends the thing on a pretty ordinary note I think when two teams are playing like that, the referees put the whistles in their pockets and the game just peters out.”