Sometimes the Premiership Hangover kicks in late
The Cowboys looked like a side who were not really interested in playing for the rest of the season. With three rounds left, if they do not shake themselves out of this funk, they may not even make the finals as they have three potentially tough matches to finish up with. If they remain on 28 points, it is feasible for the reigning Premiers to be leapfrogged all the way out of the final eight. The face up to the Warriors at home this week and they will be showing the rest of the league where they stand by who really turns up to face Shaun Johnson and the Warriors on Saturday night.
On a weekend of upsets, any team can win
The competition has leveled out and it would be wrong to discount the excellent effort by the Rooster today in downing the Cowboys. They lost Copley early when he went in for a tackle with his head on the wrong side of the tackle. They were down tow only two interchanges with more than twenty minutes to go, and yet they held firm and kept multiple attacking raids from the Cowboys out.
Missing Tackles is what is Missing
To pin down the Cowboys number one issue, you can look no further than the missed tackles statistic. In recent weeks, they have continually missed forty-plus tackles and this leads to line breaks and second phases. When you want to see penalties having to be given away, or even worse, tries scored against you, you let this happen and that is exactly what the Cowboys have been doing. Their defence was what was their strength at the start of the season and yet in the last three games, it has not been a shadow of its former self. The problem is, defence is and attitude, and it has to be fixed between the ears before you fix it on the field.
The Roosters were the three time Minor Premiers
Yes, this year has been one that they would prefer to forget, but they have some new players signed coming in and with some of the players showing some form today, their off-season may not be as bleak as it was looking a few weeks ago. Mitchell Pearce and Latrell Mitchell are the Old Dog and Young Dog that you can build the combination of excitement and experience around and with a few changes they will be back at the top of the table. Given how close the competition is nowadays, changes in attitude and small adjustments in manpower make big changes in results.
Final Score: Roosters 22 defeated the Cowboys 10.
Tries: Matterson, Kenny-Dowall, Cordner, Mitchell.
Conversions: L. Mitchell (3)
Tries: Lowe, Linnett.
Conversion: Thurston (1)
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