Might And Power legend Jim Cassidy hails ‘unbelievable’ ride by Jye McNeil on Twilight Payment


“Unbelievable,” Cassidy said. “It was nothing but outstanding.

“He backed himself and that’s what good jockeys do. He took the bull by the horns, got him to relax and he bowled along at a good tempo. He made it a chase, not a race. And they weren’t good enough to beat him.

Twilight Payment ridden by Jye McNeil wins the Lexus Melbourne Cup at Flemington.Credit:Getty Images

“Even a champion horse [Tiger Moth] with 52.5 kilos couldn’t pick him up. It was brilliant horsemanship. I’ve done it from the front and last to first [with Kiwi], so I know what it’s like. It was an outstanding performance.”

Twilight Payment ($26) finished 11th in last year’s Cup, but returned to hold off second-favourite Tiger Moth ($6.50) by a long neck. The fast-finishing Prince Of Arran ($9.50) was a further short neck behind, the third straight year he has finished in the placings.

Williams said on Monday he would send his two runners, Twilight Payment and Master Of Reality, forward in the early stages. The former staved off a late challenge from Tiger Moth, ridden by McEvoy as he tried to equal the record for most Cup wins (four).

It was the fastest Melbourne Cup run since Media Puzzle won in 2002.

Jye McNeil's son Oakley and partner Jess Payne get ready to watch the Melbourne Cup.

Jye McNeil’s son Oakley and partner Jess Payne get ready to watch the Melbourne Cup.

“It was the plan to always be forward,” McNeil said. “Obviously, with where he was in the market, I wasn’t feeling a lot of pressure, but when you’ve got to go forward like that, there is some pressure in getting it right. Thankfully, it all came together.

“To be able to get the opportunity from the Williams family to partner Twilight Payment, not only them but Joseph O’Brien, who has done a fantastic job preparing him, it is very overwhelming. Too many emotions. It’s a very big moment.”

Payne, 28, said she was unsure whether she would return to the saddle as baby Oakley stayed awake to watch her father’s achievement.

“I thought, ‘geez, they’re daring tactics’,” Payne said. “But he rated it so well. When it gave a kick, I was like, ‘oh my god, it’s going great’. He was still travelling. He definitely rode it better than I could.

“It’s what dreams are made of. I’m sure he didn’t go out there with the expectation he was going to win it, which is probably a great thing because there’s no added pressure on him.

“Everyone is cursing 2020, but for us it’s been a blessing in disguise. We ended up with Oakley and Jye has achieved so much this year. It was a shame he didn’t get to do it in front of a crowd, but that doesn’t matter.”

McEvoy may never get a better chance to equal the Cup record of Harry White and Bobby Lewis. He landed the lightly weighted Tiger Moth, having just his fifth start, in a perfect position despite a wide draw.

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“The winner kept running,” McEvoy said. “I just had to pick up to get into the race, which he did, but the winner was just a bit strong today. It was a great run for a young horse having only his fifth start in a race. He’s run really well.”

It was the perfect end to 80-year-old Williams’ day, which started on a sour note when one of his three runners, King Of Leogrance, was scratched due to lameness. It was Williams’ third Cup win in five years.

Favourite Surprise Baby ($6) was shuffled back through the field in the straight the first time and disappointed in 13th.

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‘It’s unbelievable’: Quebec City residents mourn victims of deadly sword attack


QUEBEC – Residents of Quebec’s picturesque capital grappled with grief and shock on Sunday as they mourned the deaths of a beloved neighbourhood hairdresser and a well-respected museum employee slain in what police describe as a deliberate sword attack targeting random strangers.

Impromptu vigils and makeshift memorials sprang up near the stretch of Old Quebec City where police allege a young man went on a 2.5-hour rampage wielding a long, curved sword. Hairdresser Suzanne Clermont, 61, and 56-year-old museum employee Francois Duchesne died in the Halloween-night attack that also left five others injured.

Residents huddled outside Clermont’s home on Des Remparts Street, where they placed a box filled with flowers and a stuffed cat at her front door.

One neighbour said Clermont was out smoking a cigarette when the stabbing took place.

“She was my friend. She and her partner Jacques were a lovely couple,” said Lucie Painchaud, a resident of the area for 16 years. “It’s unbelievable, I can’t still compute.“

The horror of Saturday night’s events was also setting in at the nearby Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec, where Duchesne was described as a much-loved employee.

“We are all in shock,” spokeswoman Linda Tremblay said in a statement, describing the attack as an “inexplicable and unfair tragedy.”

Police offered only a handful of details about the late-night attack that played out in the cobblestone streets of Old Quebec, a popular tourist destination packed with historic buildings and landmarks.

Quebec City police chief Robert Pigeon said the suspect had been dressed in “medieval” garb and swung a katana-like sword at randomly chosen victims in an attack that stretched into the early hours of Sunday morning.

“Last night we were thrust into a night of horror when a 24-year-old man who does not live in Quebec City came here with the clear intention of taking as many victims as possible,” Pigeon said during a Sunday morning news conference.

Police were first summoned to the scene at around 10:30 on Saturday night and proceeded to pursue a suspect through the narrow streets of Old Quebec until his arrest shortly before 1 a.m.

Carl Girouard has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder in relation to the attack, according to the Quebec Crown prosecutor’s office.

Girouard appeared in front of a judge via video conference on Sunday afternoon and is slated to be back in court on Thursday.

The identities of the five people injured in the attack are protected by a publication ban.

Pigeon said the suspect, who hails from the north shore of Montreal, has no known links to terrorist groups. Police believe his motivations appear to be personal in nature, he added without providing further details.

He also said the alleged attacker has no known criminal record, but shared plans to commit this type of act in an unspecified “medical context” about five years ago.

The bustling sector of Old Quebec where the rampage unfolded was quiet Sunday, with large portions blocked off as part of the massive police probe. The police chief noted the investigation involved around 25 different crime scenes.

Some residents out for their morning stroll said they heard the sirens and could see flashing police lights on Saturday night.

Stanislas Thomassin, who lives just 300 metres from where one of the attacks took place, said a friend noted alerts on social media on Saturday night but they didn’t make much of it.

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“This morning, I got a note from a friend in France in a panic about me, that’s when I realized the horror of what had happened,” Thomassin said. “It’s normally very calm, very peaceful in Old Quebec.”

Condolences poured in from across Canada for the victims and their families, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying in a tweet that his “heart breaks” for them.

Federal Conservative party leader Erin O’Toole and Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party, also offered their condolences, while Quebec Premier Francois Legault said the entire province had woken up after a “night of horror.”

“I don’t have the words to describe such a tragedy,” Legault said in an early-morning tweet. The flag outside the provincial legislature was also lowered to half-mast.

Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume said the attack has shaken the city, which is still recovering from a deadly shooting at a local mosque in 2017. “We’re going through a tough situation,” Labeaume said during the morning police briefing.

Back in Old Quebec, the local city councillor, Jean Rousseau, said Clermont’s death had left residents shell shocked. Community members had gotten closer during the COVID-19 pandemic, with people seeing each other on their nightly walks.

“It’s a tightly-knit community, everybody knows everybody here,” Rousseau said. “Clermont was well appreciated and everybody liked her.”

Carol Proulx, co-owner of a clothing store next door to the salon where Clermont worked, described the hairdresser as a “friendly woman.” Proulx also knew Duchesne for many years and said he was shocked by the attack.

“He’s someone who had a great career and was well loved by those who knew him,” Proulx said.

“It touches us all,” he said of the tragedy. “Quebec is a nice big city, but we see that at the same time, it’s a small village.”

–With files from Jillian Kestler-D’Amours in Montreal and Tara Deschamps in Toronto.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 1, 2020.





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EPL, Tottenham vs West Ham, comeback, Premier League, world reacts, ‘unbelievable’


Gareth Bale’s second Tottenham debut was ruined by a stunning West Ham fightback from 3-0 down in the final eight minutes to draw 3-3 this morning.

Manuel Lanzini’s sensational long-range strike into the top corner capped the comeback after Fabian Balbuena’s header and Davinson Sanchez’s own goal resurrected David Moyes’s men.

Spurs raced to a 3-0 lead within 18 minutes as the free-scoring combination of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min looked to have Jose Mourinho’s side cruising towards a win that would have put them second on the Premier League table.

The opener came inside the opening minute as Kane’s sumptuous long pass in behind the West Ham defence picked out Son and the South Korean cut inside to curl into the far corner.

The roles were reversed for Kane’s first goal as the England captain produced a stunning piece of skill with a nutmeg on his marker before firing low into the bottom corner.

Sergio Reguilon also made the move from Real Madrid to Tottenham last month and his rampaging runs from left-back are reminiscent of Bale’s early days at Spurs before the Welshman pushed further up the field.

The Spaniard set up Kane’s second with a pinpoint cross for the striker to head home at the far post.

Only a fine save from Lukasz Fabianski prevented Son also registering a double in a blistering opening quarter from Spurs.

Mourinho lauded Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy as a “genius” for the deals he made in the transfer market to give his manager a depth of squad capable of challenging for trophies.

That was shown as Bale was then introduced as a substitute and showed no lack of confidence by striking a free-kick with his first touch but the ball flew straight into Fabianski’s grasp.

Kane came within inches of sealing his hat-trick with a shot from outside the box that hit the post, but Tottenham’s defensive deficiencies saw a comfortable afternoon completely unravel.

Balbuena’s header from Aaron Creswell’s free-kick started the collapse before Sanchez turned a dangerous ball across the box into his own net.

Bale should have sealed the three points and a dream debut but he flashed a shot wide with just Fabianski to beat as the game entered stoppage time.

And that would come back to haunt Mourinho’s men when a Cresswell free-kick was only cleared to the edge of the box and Lanzini arrowed an unstoppable shot high past Hugo Lloris.

West Ham are the first team in Premier League history to avoid defeat in a game having trailed by three or more goals as late as the 81st minute.

“The game was under control. We had Harry Kane to score the fourth when he hit the post, then Gareth Bale to kill the game. This is a game that was in the pocket and we lost two points,” Mourinho said.

“We should be stronger. They were lucky but maybe they deserved that luck. We were unlucky but maybe we deserved that.”

Former Socceroo Ned Zelic was rubbing his eyes in disbelief.

“What a goal,” he tweeted after Lanzini’s miracle strike. “Pure drama! Unbelievable comeback. Incredible.

“Still can’t believe what just happened. That was outrageous. Football is nuts!”

American football writer Joe Prince-Wright tweeted: “No way has this just happened. No way. This is absolutely bonkers. This season is just nuts.

“This game. My goodness.”

Journalist Rob Blanchette added: “That was extraordinary. Football, bloody hell.”

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NSW farmers welcome ‘unbelievable’ rain as BOM warns La Niña could ‘swing from drought to flood’


After four punishing years, the drought has finally broken at Rick Bennett’s farm in central-west New South Wales.

His paddocks have been transformed from brown to a lush green and he’s about to harvest his first crops since the start of the big dry.

“You sort of got to pinch yourself every now and then to see crops doing so well after the drought,” he told 7.30.

“It’ll be unbelievable in November, sitting in a [harvesting] header, watching the crops come in the front. Financially and emotionally, it’ll probably be one of the best things I’ve felt for a long time.”

This time last year 99 per cent of New South Wales was drought affected or in drought. Now, that’s down to just over 20 per cent.

About 65 per cent of the state is drought free and the rest is classed as recovering.

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Rick Bennett’s nearly-naked dance was seen by thousands of people after last year’s rain.

Mr Bennett’s fortunes began to change in November, when he received his first decent rainfall in months.

He celebrated with a run in the rain, in a video that went viral.

Since then he’s had another 450 millimetres and will harvest wheat, oats and barley in about a month’s time.

“Harvesting a good crop would … definitely start to claw our way back into normal life again, put some money in our bank account, get out of overdraft and just completely turn our world around,” he said.

La Niña poses risk of swinging ‘from drought to flood’

Karl Braganza from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said it appeared the long dry spell was finally over in New South Wales after a La Niña weather event was declared last month.

But that could spell disaster for grain growers at harvest time.

“What that [La Niña] typically means for Australia almost always is we get at least average to above average spring rainfall,” Dr Braganza told 7.30.

“It would be nice if we got just the right amount of rainfall and it didn’t swing from drought to flood, but that typically is what happens at the end of the prolonged drought period in Australia.”

Farmer Martin Honner, wearing a high-vis work top, stands with his arms folded near machinery in a shed.
Martin Honner says farmers have been noticeably happier after a good winter rainfall.(ABC News: Rosie King)

Martin Honner runs a sheep, cattle and cropping property near Junee in south-west New South Wales.

He’s expecting a bumper crop this year after the prolonged drought, but is worried about La Niña.

“Too much rain could probably downgrade the value of the grain through the harvest,” he told 7.30.

“We’ve been very blessed this year but we just need things to fall right for the rest of the year.

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Martin Honner’s farm was left brown and dry during years of drought.(Supplied)

Mr Honner said the drought had taken a huge toll on the farming community but spirits had been lifted by this year’s good winter rainfall.

“The last four, five years, the toughest I’ve seen in my life,” he said.

“All your bad years will disappear if you have a couple of good years.

“Everyone’s a lot happier and you notice it when blokes get together and there is a zest in their step.

Despite predictions of above average spring rainfall, the BOM warned southern Australia would likely spend more time in drought in the future.

“When we look back at the federation drought, the World War II drought and the millennium drought and this drought, certainly the last two droughts have been the hottest on record,” Dr Braganza said.

“So that’s why we think there’s an influence of climate change on those [droughts].”

‘Elixir of life’ brings nature back

Brendan Cullen, a farmer in a blue shirt and hat, smiles happily at the camera.
Brendan Cullen is focusing on the good news of increased rainfall.(ABC News: Carl Saville)

Brendan Cullen manages Kars Station, about an hour south of Broken Hill.

He’s not too worried about long-term predictions, he’s just happy the drought appears over.

“Last year, we had a bit over four inches or 100mm. This year we’re well over [the] 100mm mark now,” he said.

He said in just the past month and a half alone, the station had recorded 60mm of rain.

“The lambs are in very good condition, the ewes are in very good condition, this pastoral country is full of protein,” he said.

For the first time in more than three years, Sturt Desert Peas have sprung up on the property.

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The distinctive Sturt Desert Pea has made a comeback this year.(ABC News: Angelique Donnellan)

“I see life … three, four years of drought it’s a long wait… once you do get that rain, everything just shoots up beneath you, it’s amazing,” he said.

“I think it’s the elixir of life, ultimately if you’re in the rural industry your life is revolved around rain.”



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‘Unbelievable’ drama in F1 mid-field thriller, Daniel Ricciardo 8th


It may have been a historic race as the first ever Styrian Grand Prix but the result was once again according to plan for Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas finishing 1-2.

Hamilton was dominant throughout, winning by 13 seconds over Bottas, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen righting his early retirement last week with his teammate Alexander Albon in fourth.

But the real story was once again in the mid-field with a crazy finish to the race.

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In the penultimate lap, Aussie Daniel Ricciardo was holding sixth ahead of Racing Point’s Lance Stroll and McLaren’s Lando Norris with Racing Point’s Sergio Perez ahead.

But wing damage saw Perez fall back to the field on the final lap as Norris and Stroll finally made their move on Ricciardo.

Stroll pushed Ricciardo off the track to overtake which went to the stewards room but ultimately nothing no further action was taken.

While the Aussie seemed to be struggling with speed after teammate Esteban Ocon retired with overheating issues, similar to what Ricciardo had last week, it came right down to the wire.

Ricciardo wasn’t going to back down but it was Norris who cut through the field, moving up to fifth in an incredible finish.

Perez and Stroll were next followed by Ricciardo in eighth.

The final distance between sixth and eight was 0.204 seconds to which Sky Sports commentator David Croft said was “unbelievable”.

He also pointed out that Perez was lucky with a short distance to the line as he could have dropped all the way to eighth after starting the lap in fifth.

Perez said post-race that he was “lucky to only lose out in only one position”.

Raced at the Red Bull Ring, the same track as last week’s Austrian Grand Prix, the Styrian Grand Prix is named that way because every F1 race needs to have a unique name.

But after a rain soaked qualifying, it was set to be a wild race with plenty of thrills and spills.

Unfortunately for Ferrari, the thrills and spills cost them on the opening lap.

In traffic, Charles Leclerc bounced off a curb and took out his teammate Sebastian Vettel’s rear wing.

Vettel was quick to retire and Leclerc followed soon after.

Vettel said he didn’t think there was any space and said it was a “shame”.

“I was fighting two other cars,” Vettel said.

“I was very surprised because I had the inside and wasn’t expecting Charles to try something so I don’t think there was any space. It’s a big pity and something we should avoid but not much I could have done differently.”

Leclerc also took full responsibility and apologised to his teammate and the team.

“I apologised, obviously, excuses are not enough in times like this, I’m disappointed in myself, I’ve don’t a very bad job today, I’ve let the team down,” he said.

“I can only be sorry even though I know it’s not enough and I hope I’ll learn from this and come back stronger for the next races.”

Hamilton also waited until the end of the national anthem to make a stand as well.

He said for the podium he wouldn’t kneel but raised his fist in an allusion to Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics.

RESULTS

1: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

2: Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes

3: Max Verstappen, Red Bull

4: Alexander Albon, Red Bull

5: Lando Norris, McLaren

6: Sergio Perez, Racing Point

7: Lance Stroll, Racing Point

8: Daniel Ricciardo, Renault

9: Carlos Sainz, McLaren

10: Daniil Kvyat, AlphaTauri

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The Renault “reliability gremlins” have struck again with Esteban Ocon forced to retire with smoke billowing out of his car.

It’s only lap 27 so hopefully they don’t attack Ricciardo as well.

Ricciardo is in sixth, two seconds behind Carlos Sainz.


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Charles Leclerc has apologised for taking out his teammate Sebastian Vettel on the first lap.

He admitted he was too optimistic in his move and apologised to his teammate and the team.

“I apologised, obviously, excuses are not enough in times like this, I’m disappointed in myself, I’ve don’t a very bad job today, I’ve let the team down,” he said. “I can only be sorry even though I know it’s not enough and I hope I’ll learn from this and come back stronger for the next races.”


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Daniel Ricciardo has finally overtaken Esteban Ocon as his Renault teammate didn’t want to give an inch.

But in what the commentators said was three laps too late, the Aussie has moved into sixth on the 20th lap and has his eyes on McLaren’s Carlos Sainz in fifth.

The slow overtake though may have played into Racing Points’ hands with Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez right behind Ocon and Ricciardo.


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The first lap has seen some excitement already with Sebastian Vettel already out of the Styrian Grand Prix.

The four-time world champion tried to go down the inside of his teammate Charles Leclerc with his younger teammate dislodging the rear wing.

It would take too long to fix so Vettel was garaged.

But it wasn’t long before he was joined by Leclerc as Ferrari coul

Leclerc has copped the blame by the Sky Sports commentators, who called it clumsy.

“Leclerc got on the kerb and that’s what launched the car into Vettel’s rear wing,” says David Croft.

“Why would he lunge up the inside of his team-mate like that?” asks Martin Brundle of Leclerc.

Vettel said he didn’t think there was any space and said it was a “shame”.

“I was fighting two other cars,” Vettel said. “I was very surprised because I had the inside and wasn’t expecting Charles to try something so I don’t think there was any space. It’s a big pity and something we should avoid but not much I could have done differently.”


Andrew McMurtry

Sky Sports commentator Simon Lazenby questioned whether the drivers should have taken a united front this week.

“Lewis Hamilton leading the conversation on this and taking a knee again,” Lazenby said on Sky Sports. “He said he had no problem with any of the drivers and team members who decided against taking a knee but he did stress he doesn’t want to see this campaign for change die a silent death and the sport can do more.

“It’s a shame that they’ve gone off those pictures after people questioned the apparent lack of unity last week with some kneeling and some not, you’ve got to ask the question would it have been in the best interests in the image of this sport to get it together this week. That’s not a judgement, it’s for you to decide at home.

“The images still don’t seem to fit the message in this the most global of sports. If NASCAR, football and cricket can get it right, why can’t Formula One. That’s the question. From where I’m standing here, we have seen some taking an knee and some not, it’s just a mixed message.”


Andrew McMurtry

Formula One drivers and teams have been warned they risk prison sentences and fines if they ignore strict coronavirus lockdown measures to be imposed at next weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

It leaves Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris and George Williams looking down quarantine and only able to leave their hotels and go to the Hungaroring.

An announcement by the Hungarian Government, with special focus on people from Britain and non-EU countries, was sent to the teams at the Red Bull Ring on Saturday, according to Autosport.

The report said that those who break the lockdown measures would face imprisonment or a 15,000 Euros fine ($A25,000).

Hamilton said he would sleep at the track in a motorhome to avoid any unnecessary risks.

“I was only made aware of it before qualifying,” he said.

“It doesn’t affect me because I stay at the track, but there will be protocols in place for the team.

“They have been fantastic in terms of how they have managed their bubble during this time.

“I don’t know how their set-up will be and it is unfortunate that unlike us, they cannot stay at the track.

“It is a challenge but these are challenging times and why we are taking it very seriously.”

Seven Formula One teams are based in Britain and the restrictions are expected to apply to most of the 2,000 people expected to be present at the Hungarian race.

An official communication, sent to the teams, was quoted saying: “Attendees of UK or other non-EU or EEA nationality should not leave the venue, or their accommodation, for any reason other than for travel between the two locations and for their pre-arranged arrival and departure to and from Hungary.”

The document, a copy of which has been seen by Autosport, added that “attendees of UK or other non-EU or EEA nationality may not use public transport and taxis.

“Any meals should be taken at either the venue or the accommodation and any free time should be spent within the boundaries of the accommodation.

“Failure to adhere to these additional restrictions will be punishable by the Hungarian authorities and may result in imprisonment and/or fines of up to approximately 15,000 Euros.”

It was made clear also that it was recommended that all F1 personnel who travel to Budapest adhere to the Hungarian restrictions.

The warning comes as F1’s governing body the FIA are investigating Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes for leaving the Formula One ‘bubble’ at Spielberg this week to return home to Monaco.

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NRL world reacts to ‘unbelievable’ Melbourne Storm golden point thriller against Sydney Roosters


The Melbourne Storm have defeated the Sydney Roosters in one of the best matches of the season in a 27-25 thriller.

Commentators said it was State of Origin-like or Grand Final-esque but the golden point thriller has delivered once again.

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The Roosters got out to 22-12 with 12 minutes left but the Storm are never going to give up.

With Cameron Smith filling in in the halves, before shifting to hooker and orchestrating a comeback, snatching back the lead with two tries in two minutes.

A 30m penalty goal to Kyle Flanagan brought it back to level but the thrills weren’t over.

A field goal from Luke Keary gave the Roosters the lead, before a short kick off and a 35m reply from Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen sent the game to golden point.

In fact, the end of the game was the most anticlimactic with a penalty goal in front 10m out was snapped up by Smith.

“Been quite some time since I’ve played in a game like that, probably back against these guys in Adelaide a few years back,” Smith said post match.

Matthew Johns said “I’ve never seen a game like that” after the match.

The commentators were left speechless after Papenhuyzen wrapped it up.

“We’re going around the world and the world can’t believe how good this sport is,” Voss said in Fox League commentary.

Greg Alexander added: “Unbelievable — I’ve seen some crazy finishes. The kickoff, Daniel Tupou puts the ball down again and somehow the Melbourne Storm get themselves in a position for that to happen.

“Was their 40 seconds left when they kicked off? How did the Melbourne Storm do what they just did? Just incredible stuff.”

Cooper Cronk added the Storm had used the trick ploy, with Papenhuyzen’s field goal the first of his career.

Remarkably, it’s the sixth game between the teams in the last eight that has been decided by three points or less.

The rugby league world lost its collective mind at the incredible match with social media exploding with reaction as the two champion teams pulled off another incredible match.

Even AFL personalities Brendan Fevola and Josh Jenkins weighed in.

“Incredible game #NRLStormRoosters King Cam Smith seals the W @storm,” Jenkins wrote.

“This game is unbelievable amazing,” Fevola added.

While the frentic finish to the game wrapped it up, it was far from the only talking point coming out of the game.

The Morris twins scored three tries between them, bringing up the 300th try combined with some remarkable scores as they continued their incredible performances for the Roosters.

But while the Morris boys were on fine form again, the Storm never let Sydney get away.

The game was played at a breakneck speed, which played into the poor handling.

The Roosters had 19 errors to the Storm‘s 10 with three of the first four tries coming directly from mistakes.

Roosters coach Trent Robinson said both sides made plenty of mistakes and called it a “great contest”.

“Just too many errors on our part,” he said. ”To many crucial throughout the second half, just play-the-balls, completion rates were really low, the catch of a ball, we just kept opening the door enough for them to get the win in the end.”



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