Live: Roosters down Sharks by one point to score against the odds finals victory

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Roosters players hug as Sharks players slump to the grass.

Sam Walker has the moment with the field goal that hands the Roosters the 13-12 victory, but there were heroes across the board in that one.

Walker also laid on the try for Joey Manu to start the half. He was dropped just a few weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Billy Smith, the team’s third-choice goal-kicker and a man who’s returned from more knee injuries than I care to count, slotted his first NRL goal from 19 metres in from touch to tie the scores.

James Tedesco and Luke Keary charged down those back-to-back field goal attempts from Nicho Hynes.

Lindsay Collins with that chasedown of Braydon Trindall, plus another typically superb front rower’s performance.

And let’s not forget back rowers Siua Wong and Angus Crichton were out of position in the centres for basically the entire second half, and 20-year-old Sandon Smith slotted in at fullback for 10 minutes while captain James Tedesco was sin-binned.

I have no idea how the Roosters won that. It certainly wasn’t pretty, but they live to fight another day.