The Last Time We Met the Canberra Raiders was in the Nation's Capital on a Sunday afternoon in front a big and hostile crowd at GIO Stadium.
Last Time We Met The Raiders
In what was a blockbuster top four battle, the Roosters were first and fast off the blocks when they opened the scoring through Victor Radley with a try that was beautifully set up by James Tedesco.
The Raiders hit back hard though, scoring back-to-back tries through Jordan Rapana and Jarrod Croker to give the Raiders an early lead.
It only took the Roosters ten minutes to re-compose and earn the momentum back when Latrell Mitchell capitalised on a dropped ball from Raiders fullback Charnze Niccol-Klokstad.
Daniel Tupou scored the next two tries on the back of brilliant respective set-ups from Luke Keary and Tedesco to give the Roosters the lead.
Elliott Whitehead made it a four point game after he desperately chased down an in-goal grubber from Josh Hodgson to set up a nail-biting finale.
There were a number of impressive defensive efforts from the Roosters in the back-end, but none were more dominant than Joseph Manu's brilliant tackle on Jarrod Croker that saw him forced into touch.
ROOSTERS 22 | RAIDERS 18
Victor Radley 4'
Jordan Rapana 10'
Jarrod Croker 13'
Latrell Mitchell 23'
Daniel Tupou 33'
Daniel Tupou 52'
Jarrod Croker 3/3
Latrell Mitchell 3/4
FAN MAN OF THE MATCH | JAMES TEDESCO
KEY STATS: 2 try assists, 1 linebreaks, 205 running metres
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Match: Roosters v Raiders
Grand Final -
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney