Shaun Kenny Dowall has capped off a remarkable comeback from the Roosters, scoring an intercept try to win the game for the Roosters in golden point at the SFS.

The intercept off of a pass from Tigers second rower Liam Fulton, all but sealed the win for the Roosters in golden point in front of 33,000 fans.

The Tigers will be left scratching their heads however, after dominating the game for 55 minutes, before their inconsistencies came to the foray again.

It was Braith Anasta’s field goal at the death from 35 metres out next to the touchline, that took the game to extra time, the first finals game that has gone to golden point since its inception into the League.

The Roosters hardly got their hands on the ball in an attacking position after the Tigers monstered them and put the pressure on, before taking a 10-2 lead into half-time, with an astonishing 4 tries being disallowed, three of them to Gareth Ellis.

The Tigers quickly raced out to a 15-2 lead just after the break after Blake Ayshford scored off of a Mitchell Aubusson intercept.

As the second half progressed however, the Tigers attacking arsenal began to falter as Todd Carney and Mitchell Pearce became more involved in the game.

The Tigers were down to 12 men after using their quota of substitions for the entire golden point period after Benji Marshall was forced to limp off with a knee injury.

A controversial decision from referee Shayne Hayne almost lost the game for the Roosters after a Simon Dwyer bell-ringer on bench forward Jared Warea Hargreaves went un-noticed.

But in a gutsy move and one that you hardly ever see in the NRL, off the resulting scrum, Tigers lock Chris Heighington was too slow in picking the ball up after the feed, and a Roosters player ceased on this and dived on the loose ball.

Roosters coach Brian Smith believes that the loss to the Tigers will make them struggle mentally.

Anasta said he had a strong feeling that the field goal was good the minute it left his boot.

“I have been practising field goals all week, and I have felt good, as soon as I hit it I knew it was over, and I got a bit excited … I was stoked,” he said.

Tigers coach Tim Sheens admitted that five-eighth would be in doubt for next week’s game after sustaining a serious knee injury.

“We have come out of it a bit worse for wear some of the guys who played the full game are out on their feet,” Sheens said.

“Benji has a knee issue and I will leave it to the docs to decide, but I don’t know, but I would say no he probably won’t be available at the moment.”

“We had the game won with the last scrum there, but I was proud of the effort playing with 12 men at the end. It is the best I have seen from any team since I have been here.”

By ricky

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