Wests Tigers 4
Sydney Roosters 48
Tries: Michael Jennings, Sam Moa, Anthony Minichiello (2), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Daniel Tupou, Mitchell Pearce.
Goals: James Maloney (8/9)
The Sydney Roosters continued their recent run of form and heaped more pressure on the Tigers with a 48-4 victory at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday night.
In front of the lowest crowd of the season, the Roosters poured on the pressure in the second-half to walk away with a convincing win in terrible conditions.
Both teams had barely settled into the game when the Roosters hit the lead through Michael Jennings. Mitchell Pearce’s grubber found the in-goal and the centre flew through to touch down.
James Maloney had an easy conversion from next to the posts for a 6-0 lead.
The lead grew further in the 23rd minute when the home team gave away a penalty right in front of the posts. The Roosters opted to take the two and James Maloney slotted it over for an 8-0 lead.
Both teams had their chances to score in the rest of the half but neither could capatalise as the Roosters took an 8-0 lead into the break.
The visitors decided to put their foot on the gas after the interval and Sam Moa started that roll with a try next to the posts.
Maloney converted for a 14-0 lead.
Back-to-back tries for veteran fullback Anthony Minichiello within six minutes put the game beyond doubt as the Roosters opened their lead to 24-0 with 30 minutes remaining.
A sloppy try for Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was followed by some soft defence by the Tigers to allow Shaun Kenny-Dowall to score. On the last play the centre ran from dummy-half before stepping a couple of players to find the line.
James Maloney made one of those conversions for a 36-0 lead.
In the 66th minute late-inclusion Daniel Tupou outleapt debutant Jy Hitchcox to score his first try of the game and highlight the gulf in class between the two sides.
Maloney’s conversion made it 42-0.
Some energy in defence from the home side gave them a chance close to the Roosters’ line and they used it to full advantage as the Hitchcox scored in the corner.
Mitchell Pearce capped off the win by juggling the ball before stepping and scoring.
Maloney converted to end his impressive night with the boot and pushed them further towards a top four position with the convincing victory.
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