Last year, they were the wooden spooners. This year, they’re grand finalists. In what can only be described as a fairytale turnaround, the Roosters have stormed into the grand final after thumping the Gold Coast Titans 32-6.

The win however may be marred by a possible suspension for Roosters five-eighth, and Dally M winner Todd Carney, who faces an agonising wait to see if he can play in the grand final after being placed on report for a high tackle on Scott Prince.

As Prince headed for the try-line, a swinging arm from Carney made contact with Prince’s head, leaving the Titans skipper groggy, and requiring medical attention.

Working in Carney’s favour however, is that he has no carry-over points, which could save  him a suspension if he cops a low grade charge. Should he concede 100 points or more, then he will miss the grand final.

Should Carney be suspended, it’d bring back memories for the NRL from 2008, after Cameron Smith was also suspended in the week before the grand final, thus missing it.

The Roosters now have the chance to become the first team since the 1934 Wests team to go from wooden-spooners to premiers, and finally end coach Brian Smith’s premiership drought.

Smith, who lost back-to- back finals with the Dragons in 1992-93, both to the Brisbane Broncos, and coached the Parramatta Eels to a grand final loss in 2001 against the Newcastle Knights.

A man who was discarded by the Titans was influential for the Roosters, with Daniel Conn scoring a crucial try to put the Roosters up 18-6.

The Titans, whilst determined and spirited, they just couldn’t match the class and enthusiasm of a relentless Roosters outfit determined to win.

It was on the back of their second half performance, that gave the Roosters the win.

Veteran Roosters fullback Anthony ‘Mini’ Minichello was over the moon to have helped guide the Roosters to their fifth grand final appearance since 2000.

“There again, it’s a great feeling,” Minichiello told the Nine Network. “It’s a great bunch of guys. We’re building to something special.

“We believed that we can win the comp from day one of pre-season if we put everything together and it’s come together nicely for us.”

Despite the win however, Mini feels for his brother, Mark Minichello who plays for the Titans, and he was left shattered that his team had to be the ones to eliminate the Titans.

“He’ll be very disappointed with the way they went out tonight,” Minichiello said.

“But they’re a great club and I’m sure they’ll be back bigger and better next year.”

By ricky

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