Sonny Bill Williams helps team to NRL finals

SYDNEY – Sonny Bill Williams isn’t used to emptiness, but that’s how his NRL career almost ended on Friday night.

The cross-code superstar admits the Sydney Roosters’ performance in their epic 31-30 triumph over North Queensland in the elimination final at Allianz Stadium, “wasn’t a great feeling”.

A win is all the Roosters needed to book a blockbuster preliminary final date with South Sydney next Friday, but they’ll need to be a lot better to beat the Rabbitohs.

Letting the Cowboys storm back from 30-0 down has left the Roosters feeling vulnerable and exposed up the middle of the field.

North Queensland got on a roll and didn’t look back.

Williams was uncharacteristically poor.

He dropped balls and was left sprawled on his back after being beaten all ends up by Johnathan Thurston, when the Cowboys ace darted over for a second half try.

To add to the feelings of frustration, Williams was denied a try by the video referee in the final few minutes when he thought he’d grounded the ball.

But the fact is the Roosters live to fight another day.

And Williams remains on track to add to his incredible legacy by claiming a second premiership in as many years in his cameo career for the Roosters before returning to the All Blacks.