Aidan Sezer described the controversial ‘six again’ call in last year’s NRL Grand Final as “history” as he backed Canberra Raiders to bounce back and be crowned premiers in 2020.
The Raiders went down 14-8 to Sydney Roosters in the 2019 showpiece, but the contest was overshadowed by a hugely controversial refereeing decision.
With the scores tied at 8-8, head referee Ben Cummins initially signalled for another set of six after Canberra had regained possession from a fifth-tackle kick. Although he swiftly reversed that call on the advice of assistant Gerard Sutton and touch judge Chris Butler, the Raiders ran the ball – seemingly unaware of the decision being changed – and went on to concede a match-clinching try from the set that followed the resulting turnover.
Former Raiders half-back Sezer, who has moved to the Super League with Huddersfield Giants for 2020, sees no value in continuing to dwell on the drama as both he and Canberra prepare for new campaigns.
At the Super League season launch, he told Omnisport: “I think I can probably speak for the majority of the [Raiders] squad [in saying] you’ve got to put it to bed. It’s done now, it’s history.”
Reflecting on his final season in Canberra, he added: “It was a bit of an up-and-down experience, but it was a great year. We made a Grand Final.
“I guess falling at the final hurdle was disappointing but I’m good mates with a lot of the boys back home, I wish them all the best and hopefully they can go one better in 2020.
“And on a personal front, coming over here, hopefully I can get a bit of silverware over here as well.”
“It’s going to be a different feel for us this year. Obviously a lot of teams are going to be going after us but we’ve got to adjust to that and be prepared for it.” – Jarrod Croker #WeAreRaiders pic.twitter.com/ntafWMwps9
— Canberra Raiders (@RaidersCanberra) January 15, 2020
Asked if he was confident in Canberra’s ability to improve on their runners-up finish last term, Sezer replied: “I think so. They’ve got all the makings to be a good team again, but, you know, the NRL is such a tough comp.
“In 2016 we made a major semi, then it took us a couple of years to get back there. But in saying that, I think the boys will learn from that experience.
“They’re all mature players now and there’s great leadership at the club. They’ll be hungry to go one better because that experience obviously [puts] lots of fire in your belly to get back there and be crowned premiers.”