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Chaos is king as glamour boys forced to win ugly on crazy night

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06.10.2019

From the moment Mal Meninga blew the Huawei horn, there was something a little haywire about Sunday night’s NRL grand final.

Mal’s big blow set off the Canberra Raiders’ Viking clap and, somewhere in Norway, cultural appropriation police remained silent.

James Tedesco and Victor Radley hug after the fullback scores the match-winning.Credit:AAP

Proud Bundjalung prop forward Ryan James showed that nerves affect everyone and ended his acknowledgment of country, unfortunately, in the same way Mal had ended his political career two decades earlier. Things were not going to plan. And things had not even started yet.

The chaotic vibe continued soon after the kick-off, when a likely Canberra try was thwarted by the Roosters’ water boy, only for the ball to be given back to the Roosters, who duly scored their first four-pointer. If we wanted to watch perverse refereeing decisions wrecking games of football, we could have been watching the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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