Sydney Roosters 30
Tries: Jennings (8), Feguson (12), Cordner (14), Friend (21), Guerra (37)
Goals: Maloney 5/5
South Sydney Rabbitohs 0
Sydney Roosters claimed their third straight Minor Premiership in style as they ran riot over rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs.
The Roosters piled on 30 first half points before staying solid in the second period to embarrass the Bunnies 30-0 and end their hopes of a top four finish.
The reigning Premiers will go straight into knock out football now and will lose any chance of home advantage in the finals as they have been confined to seventh spot.
Their opponents were a class above from the word go and never looked in doubt at any point, picking up a 12th straight victory as they enter the finals as the favourites.
The Minor Premiers opened the scoring after just eight minutes when the returning Michael Jennings brushed off Joel Reddy’s attempted tackle and raced over on the left edge. James Maloney converted to make it 6-0.
Within four minutes they were in again as Blake Ferguson rose highest to Maloney’s bomb and touched down for his seventh try of the season. Maloney added a second conversion to stretch the lead to 12 points.
Things went from bad to worse for Souths 14 minutes in when Maloney’s huge bomb was knocked on by Reddy and fell perfectly for Boyd Cordner, who dove over for a converted effort.
Cordner was involved in try number four seven minutes later as the second rower came up with a great offload on his way to the floor, and Jake Friend was in support to collect the pass and score. Maloney kept his perfect record to make it 24-0.
Before half-time Aiden Guerra was over himself after collecting Roger Tuivasa-Sheck’s inside ball to take the Chook’s into the break 30-0 up.
Chris McQueen was sent to the sin-bin 11 minutes from time when Tuivasa-Sheck started a brilliant break and the Rabbitohs forward held onto Mitchell Aubusson for too long and conceded a professional foul.
With just two minutes left on the clock the second half deadlock looked certain to haven been broken as young halfback Jackson Hastings sliced through the Rabbitohs defences as he darted for the line, but the number seven lost control in the act of scoring.
With no tries in the second half Sydney Roosters secured a comfortable victory to give themselves a great chance of winning a second Premiership in three years.
NothingButRL Man of the Match: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck caused havoc with every carry and although he didn’t make the scoresheet he was pivotal to the Roosters impressive attacking display.