Inspirational Queensland star Cronk incredibly featured for all but the final two minutes as Trent Robinson’s side set up the 21-6 win with a dominant first-half display.The victory came despite their half-back being forced to the fringes for much of contest, as he was nursed through at just “30 per cent” fitness according to Cordner.Cronk had been a major doubt leading into the match after seriously injuring his shoulder in the Preliminary Final against the South Sydney Rabbitohs eight days earlier.”We knew Coops was touch and go and he pulled through,” Cordner told the Nine Network.”We had to make up a game plan where we protected him as much as possible and we executed that. To put in a performance like that on the biggest stage is unbelievable.”We wanted [Cooper] on the field. He actually broke his scapula. That’s a big performance by him and will go down in history for sure.”Job done.#NRLGF#NRL pic.twitter.com/AvXZZkDaHe— NRL (@NRL) September 30, 2018Luke Keary picked up the slack amid Cronk’s reduced role to guide the Roosters to their second premiership in six years, with the former’s performance against the Storm securing him the Clive Churchill Medal.The result ruined Billy Slater’s hopes of a fairytale farewell, but the retiring Melbourne full-back could not help admiring former team-mate Cronk’s courage.”He’s a really good mate of mine,” Slater said. “They hid [his fitness] really well from us.”I told him how proud I am. I’m shattered by our performance but I’m proud of him.”Cronk himself conceded he knew his role would be limited due to the injury but that he was desperate to play.”From the top down, everyone in this organisation sacrificed something for me to be here,” he said.”I don’t take that responsibility lightly, that was the motivation.”We didn’t know if I would be able to play. It was only a last-minute thing. The boys trained all week without me playing and the whole idea was to use me as a decoy.” Photo Getty Images. Caption: Cooper Cronk during the NRL Grand Final.
To try to avoid punishment, Granada will present an appeal to Competition with the aim of having that second warning withdrawn, they confirmed Efe from the club.Germán himself showed his discomfort this Monday in his personal account from Twitter for the expulsion suffered in a match in which he saw yellow paths in the only two fouls he committed and in which no player from Barcelona was cautioned.“Proud of this team that competed as far as he could or where they left him,” said the rojiblanco central. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 20, 2020 Granada will appeal to the Competition Committee the second yellow card that saw its central Germán Sánchez in the match of this sunday against Barcelona, with the aim of being withdrawn and can participate in the clash of LaLiga next Saturday in the field of Seville.Germán was sent off by Madrid referee Valentín Pizarro Gómez in the 69th minute of the game for a double yellow card, the second of them for “knocking down an opponent in the form of the ball reckless “, as indicated by the arbitrator in the minutes.The rojiblanco team, who fell to Barcelona because of a goal scored by the Catalans shortly after the expulsion of Germán, not only did he stay with ten players at the Nou Camp but neither can count on the defender in the next clash against Sevila.