It was all building towards something special.
Trent Robinson’s Roosters were flying off the back of an eight-game unbeaten streak to enter the finals series as the NRL’s in-form team.
Then it all fell apart in 80 chaotic minutes.
That it did so in the first week of the finals will be a bitter pill for Robinson to swallow. That it happened at the hands of their most hated rival will make it taste even worse.
In the coming days and weeks Robinson will begin his end of season review and will be unable to escape one clear conclusion: it was a missed opportunity.
But while the disappointment will linger, there is plenty for the Roosters to be optomistic about heading into 2023.
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