Sydney Roosters 34
Tries:Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Blake Ferguson, Michael Jennings, Daniel Tupou, James Maloney
Goals: James Maloney 5/6
Tries: Jarrod Croker
Goals: Jarrod Croker 1/1
The Sydney Roosters have given the Canberra Raiders a 34-6 thumping at Allianz Stadium today in front of a disappointing crowd of 9582.
Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce was a stand-out and forward Dylan Napa also impressed as the tri-colours ran riot in the 6 tries to one victory that puts them into second position on the ladder, behind the undefeated Newcastle Knights.
In just the third minute of play a Pearce cut-out pass exposed the Raiders’ left-side defence and Blake Ferguson set up Shaun Kenny-Dowall for the game’s opening try.
In the 10th minute some fancy footwork close to the line by Roosters fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck allowed him to slice through some mediocre Raiders defence for a simple try and a 12-0 scoreline.
The Roosters again targeted the Raiders’ brittle defence on the left in the 27th minute and this time Ferguson proved to strong for the defence, crossing for his third try of 2015. James Maloney made no mistake with the conversion attempt and the Raiders were looking vulnerable, down by three converted tries.
The Raiders were desperate for points heading into the halftime break and skipper Jarrod Croker delivered, chasing a smart grubber by halfback Mitch Cornish to score his side’s first try since the 18th-minute of last week’s loss to the Dragons. Croker converted his own try, but his side still had plenty to do in the second half, trailing 18-6.
It didn’t take long for the Roosters to expose the Raiders’ defence in the second half, with Pearce again the architect as they caught the opposition short, allowing Michael Jennings to stroll over out wide. Barely 5 minutes later the Roosters were in again, this time through winger Daniel Tupou who leapt above the pack to bring down an attacking kick and plant the ball down. Maloney’s conversion made it 28-6 with still 30 minutes left in the match.
If not for a Ferguson error as he reached out to score in the 56th minute, it could have been a lot worse for the Raiders. Ferguson was forced from the field with an injury shortly after.
With the game in the bag, the Roosters continued to play razzle-dazzle football, attacking from inside their own quarter; a quick pass out wide found Jennings, who in turn passed to an unmarked Tupou. The lanky winger raced up field before casually flicking the ball back to Maloney who raced away for a great try. Maloney’s sideline conversion made it 34-6 with 10 minutes to play. No further poiunts were scored but it was still a and a resounding win for the home side, while the Raiders must regroup after two sub-par performances.