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Anasta field goal the play of 2010

By Wayne Heming 25/09/2010 12:25:56 PM Comments (0)

If the red hot Sydney Roosters pull off their rags-to-riches NRL grand final win next Sunday, more than anyone they should thank their captain Braith Anasta.

While no team wins a premiership on the back of a single player, Anasta's miracle field goal 79 minutes and 55 seconds into their golden point win over the Wests Tigers in week one of the finals, was without question the individual play of the 2010 season.

The Roosters were five seconds away from finals oblivion until an off-balance, leg-weary, battle-scarred Anasta launched the kick of a lifetime that sailed between the posts to send the match into extra time and keep their premiership fairy tale alive.

There was no need for any such heroics from the veteran skipper at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night as the Roosters delivered their own knockout punch to a shattered Gold Coast 32-6 in front of almost 45,000 fans.

"I'll never forget it. It's all a bit surreal now when I look back on it, our season was almost over there," reflected Anasta who already has a premiership ring as part of the Bulldogs' 2004 grand final side.

"When I kicked it, I'm not quite sure I was thinking that (our season was over), I was just trying get it over.

"At the end of the day it's got us to where we are now along with a lot of great work from the rest of the boys.

"It's one of those magical moments that hopefully we can now make the most of."

Anasta's wealth of experience will be something coach Brian Smith, who has been to three grand finals without a win, will call on next week as the Roosters regroup and attempt to repeat Friday night's superb defensive display which left Smith "rapt" in his players.

"The boys have been very good at preparing all year but last week was outstanding," enthused the 56 year-old veteran of more than 600 NRL games.

"We've had several peaks, or lots of peaks for individual guys but tonight (Friday) I felt like we got almost everybody there.

"Now we get to see if we can try another peak next week."

Anasta admitted to being overcome by emotion after winning through to Sunday's grand final.

"I got a bit emotional after the game. I'm excited, relieved, nervous to be in the grand final," he said.

"But the job's not done yet. We want to win the premiership. It's (grand final week) an amazing week. It feels like the whole world stops for just one match."

Anasta, who has denied rumours of a move to North Queensland next season, senses Smith's fortunes could change next Sunday.

"I believe the world is round and I believe if you're a good person and you do the right things then good things come your way in the end no matter how many ups and downs you have," said Anasta, beginning to sound as deep as his coach.

"We've had some tough times at the club, Smithy (Brian Smith) has a lot of opportunities ... there's a lot of our guys who've been through some tumultuous times and good times and I think we deserve it.

"But it's not going to come to us on a silver platter, we've got to make it happen."

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