Aubusson tells of NRL heartache
ROOSTERS players Mitchell and James Aubusson from Ballina are still coming back to reality after their team’s heart-breaking 32-8 grand final defeat at the hands of the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
Mitch yesterday spoke of the bitter-sweet feelings of playing in an NRL grand final.
The 23-year-old scored the Roosters’ second and final try at the 20-minute mark, taking his side to an 8-6 lead which they took into the sheds at half-time.
“It’s a tough gig that’s for sure,” he said.
“We were pretty confident going into the game that we could get the win.
“We were really confident at half-time. The conditions got worse and that didn’t suit our expansive style of play and we were really limited in the second half.
“It played right into the Dragons’ hands as they are the best at that real grinding finals style of football.”
James, 24, was unlucky as he was overlooked for selection after a tumultuous 2010 season.
“James is a real competitor so he was really gutted that he didn’t get to play,” Mitch said.
“He handled the situation like a professional and wanted the team to win so badly.
“He’s a pretty intense guy. He wished me luck before kick-off and just let me do my own thing which was good.”
The game was played in front of more than 82,000 spectators, which the Channel Nine commentary team described as the most vocal they had heard in recent years.
“It was the loudest crowd I have ever heard when we ran on to the field,” Mitch said.
“Once the game starts and you get into your rhythm you hardly notice it though. You only think about it when you can’t hear what the bloke next to you is saying.”
Mitch was arguably the best Roosters player on the field scoring a brilliant solo try in the first half.
He made it look easy, but the 20th minute dummy and weave before he accelerated over the try-line is one of the best tries you will see a second rower score in the NRL.
Despite the praise for a superb individual performance he is understandably still coming to terms with the loss.
“I’m just as down as every one else is at the moment,” he said.
“You can never really prepare yourself for a grand final loss.
“We have been working towards this all year and to come so close and fall one step short is hard to take.”