It was the moment that left many puzzled. Players turned to Ben Cummins for an explanation, but there was none forthcoming.
Mere seconds after signalling six again, the referees changed their mind and the ball was handed to the Roosters. The Roosters scored off the next set with fullback James Tedesco diving underneath the posts.
It left rugby league legend Johnathan Thurston “dumbfounded”. It left every Green Machine fan around the globe heartbroken.
Social media erupted as journalists, athletes, celebrities and fans expressed their anger and disbelief. Here is a sample of how the world reacted to the controversy:
It’s on repeat pic.twitter.com/ZL8VuV7juJ
— Hannah (@hclaire29) October 6, 2019
It’s an NRL six scandal.
— Liz Ellis (@LizzyLegsEllis) October 6, 2019
How much did the Roosters win by?
— Bennywise (@mybsidelife) October 6, 2019
Just checking that Jack Wighton is still the Clive Churchill winner and they didn’t change their mind again? ????#NRLGF
— Dan Talintyre (@dantalintyre) October 6, 2019
For years, critics have asked "what if that happens in a grand final?" Tonight, we had that grand final. #NRLGF
— Scott Bailey (@ScottBaileyAAP) October 6, 2019
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) October 6, 2019
Absolute joke @nrl
Your refs have ruined this game!!! What an absolute joke!!!
— Lote Tuqiri ???? (@LoteTuqiri) October 6, 2019
This is a joke. What a circus act. #NRLGrandFinal
— Ned Zelic (@NedZelic) October 6, 2019
Not into ref bashing. But that is one of the worst calls in history. You can't change your mind. It's criminal for the Raiders #nrlgf
— Michael Carayannis (@MCarayannis) October 6, 2019
I don’t mind getting beaten if it is fair and square. That wasn’t! #fnrefs
— Greg Robson (@GSRobson) October 6, 2019
I'm a neutral (baracking for a Canberra win) and I'm seething with rage.
I can't imagine how Raiders fans feel.
That could go down, no exaggeration, as one of the biggest refereeing howlers in Australian sport.#NRLGF
— Alexander Grant (@AlexGrantOz) October 6, 2019
— Jordan Grant (@jordiashley) October 6, 2019