2014 NRL Round 2, Roosters 56 Eels 4 – Report


Sydney Roosters 56 (A Minichiello 3, R Tuivasa-Sheck 2, M Aubusson 2, S Moa, D Tupou, B Cordner tries; J Maloney 8 goals)
Parramatta Eels 4 (S Radradra try)

Match Review

History was made at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

In the twilight of his playing career, Anthony Minichiello scored his first hat-trick in the National Rugby League after fifteen seasons.  His feat was matched by the Roosters thumping of the Eels, with the fifty-two point margin breaking the previous record winning margin of fifty.

Minichiello was on hand for the final pass after a break by Mitch Aubusson to open the scoring after six minutes. His second came after James Maloney pushed the ball to the right where there was an overlap, Kenny-Dowall providing the final pass as Minichiello went over in the corner after twenty minutes of play.  The hat-trick was completed on sixty-two minutes after the Roosters made a break, receiving an inside ball from Kenny-Dowall to score next to the posts.

Parramatta’s only success of the night came at 16-0 down when Corey Norman cleverly kicked behind the Roosters defence and Semi Radradra was on hand to collect his fourth try of the season.  Right on half time the Eels squandered an opportunity with a similar play only for Willie Tonga throw a terrible ball back to Radradra that would have seen him score under the posts.

It was all downhill for the Eels as the home side grabbed an early second half try with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck bouncing off defenders on the way to the try line.  Just three minutes later Aubusson was put into a gaping hole by Maloney.  Tuivasa-Sheck bagged a double as the Roosters passed thirty points in scoring three tries within seven minutes.

The tries kept coming with Daniel Tupou scoring thanks to a nice offload by Michael Jennings.  Minichello’s hat-trick was followed by tries to Boyd Cordner and Aubusson’s second in the final fifteen minutes.

Parramatta have a lot of work to do before their next outing against Manly at Brookvale next Sunday.

“That brought us back to earth pretty quick”, said Eels coach Brad Arthur at the post-match conference.

“We need to be better with our defence.  That’s all there is to it”

In more bad news, Darcy Lussick looks likely to be suspended after being reported for a high shot on Jared Warea-Hargreaves after sixteen minutes.  Roosters coach Trent Robinson implied post-match that the referee’s should have sent Lussick off and their non-action isn’t sending the right message about the game.

Sydney Roosters showed more intent to make up for their loss to South Sydney in the opening match of the season.  James Maloney ran the show very well as his side went on a try scoring spree against some weak Eels defence.  They now face Brisbane at Suncorp in a blockbuster Friday night game.

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