The Gold Coast Titans were left fuming when centre Brian Kelly was given his marching orders 15 minutes into the contest.
The Titans were looking strong in attack early, taking the lead through Anthony Don after a nice run from Dale Copley down the right edge. They were almost denied by a professional foul from James Tedesco, who took out AJ Brimson in pursuit of Copley’s nicely placed kick but since the Titans had scored Tedesco was allowed to stay on the field.
But their momentum was short-lived after the Roosters were given a late sin-bin call leaving Justin Holbrook’s men a man down.
Not long after scoring the opening try, the Titans gave away a penalty off a scrum in their own half after it was ruled Kelly tackled Roosters’ centre Joey Manu without the ball.
The Roosters were lining up their second shot at a penalty goal for the game before the bunker informed referee Henry Perenara that Manu was in a try-scoring position when Tedesco passed him the ball after a half-break.
Titans skipper Kevin Proctor blew up at Perenara over the late call, pointing to the double standards afforded to the Roosters through Tedesco not being sent for ten minutes in the earlier play.
“You can understand Kevin Proctor’s frustration, but it was a professional foul,” said Greg Alexander for Fox Sports.
“It’s disappointing for the Titans.”
“It was a very late call,” added Dan Ginane.
The Roosters made the advantage count moments later when Mitch Aubusson crossed to give the tri-colours the lead.