Sydney Roosters 30
Tries:Daniel Tupou 2, Michael Jennings 2, Mitchell Pearce, Boyd Cordner
Goals:James Maloney 3/6
Wests Tigers 6
Goals:Blake Austin 1/1
The Sydney Roosters dominated the Wests Tigers on Friday night, coming away with a 30-6 victory at Allianz Stadium. Leading 14-0 at half time in a match that saw promising performances by NSW Origin players Michael Jennings and James Maloney, the Roosters were never threatened while the Tigers continue to struggle without skipper Robbie Farah.
The Roosters opened the scoring through giant winger Daniel Tupou in the 10th minute and didn’t score their second until the 35th minute via Michael Jennings who backed up a James Malone break to race 30 metres untouched to score. Maloney converted to make it 10-0.
The Roosters scored their third try on the stroke of half time when they caught the Tigers short on their right-side defence and Tupou slid over for his second, and the Roosters went into the sheds ahead 14-0.
In the 45th minute Jennings swooped on a dropped ball by the Tigers to streak away for his second try. Maloney’s conversion made it 20-0 and things were getting out of hand for the young Tigers.
A long cut-out ball by Maloney found Tupou and the winger sprinted down the touchline before drawing the fullback and setting up Boyd Cordner for the try.
The Tigers finally troubled the scorers in the 69th minute when centre Chris Lawrence pounced on a Luke Brooks grubber. Austin converted to make it 24-6.
A 73rd minute try to Roosters half back Mitchell Pearce made it 28-6 and Maloney’s conversion made it 30-6 on an night when several NSW Origin players stood up with timely performances.