The Sydney Roosters have flexed their muscles with a dominant 32-12 win over Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.
It didn’t take too long for the home side to get on the scoreboard. Jake Friend’s wind assisted forty-twenty kick out of dummy half was followed up by a quick restart that caught Elijah Taylor offside and ultimately led to a stint in the sin bin. With numbers to the right, Aidan Guerra scored after hands from Mitchell Pearce and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
Penrith did well to hold out for the ten minutes while Taylor was off the field but it wasn’t too long after where the Roosters extended their lead off the back of a Lewis Brown penalty. Mitch Aubusson proving too strong in getting over the line.
On the half hour mark the Roosters were denied a try to Mitchell Pearce after he stripped the ball off Matt Moylan in front of the Panthers posts. The video officials deciding that Pearce stripped the ball forward to the anger of Roosters fans.
Panther fans were seeing red after Sika Manu was put on report for a high tackle on James Maloney. Maloney had overrun a Roosters forward pass and caught around the shoulder by Manu. Soon after French international Remi Casty barged his way over the line as the Roosters went into the sheds up by eighteen points.
Penrith took fifty-eight minutes to get over the line and it was through Bryce Cartwright scoring off the back of second phase play set up by Sam McKendry. It was one of the few opportunities the Panthers had to cross the Roosters line until that point of the game.
The Roosters took advantage of a tiring Panthers side in the final fifteen in posting two late tries. Maloney kick in goal set up Boyd Cordner to cross ahead of Cartwright. Six minutes later he was over for a double after Dallin Watene-Zelezniak lost the ball in possession close to the Panthers line in the lead up.
Cordner’s try double was split with James Segeyaro showing good skill to cross for the Panthers. The play set up by a forty-twenty kick by Jamie Soward. Referee Ashley Klein stunningly calling time out following Soward’s rewarding kick that allowed the Roosters to set their line.
While the Roosters forward pack dominated through the back three of Cordner, Guerra and Williams, it was a great performance by Shaun Kenny Dowall who looked good under the high ball and confident in taking on the Panthers in attack.
For Penrith it was Cartwright who was best in a losing team in a great sign for the future of the club. Taylor was top tackler with fifty-six despite spending ten minutes in the sin bin. James Segeyaro was dangerous in attack, and tackled his heart out in a losing team.
Both sides will be looking to improve their kicking games heading into next week. Penrith take their home game to Bathurst where they face Cronulla. The Roosters are on the road in Newcastle next Friday night.
SYDNEY ROOSTERS 32 (Boyd Cordner 2, Aidan Guerra, Mitchell Aubusson, Remi Casty tries; James Maloney 6 goals) defeated PENRITH PANTHERS 12 (Bryce Cartwright, James Segeyaro tries; Jamie Soward 2 goals)
TAYLOR’S SIN BIN
On reflection Elijah Taylor’s sin binning appears to be fair. He was offside after the quick restart by the Roosters and the Panthers didn’t get back to protect their line in time legally. The impressive thing in that ten minute period was Penrith’s ability to only concede one try. Some teams lower on the competition table might have conceded two, even three tries in a ten minute period. One thing the boys may lament is not having enough players in the left hand defense when Guerra strolled over untouched. But you live and learn.
ASHLEY KLEIN AND SOWARD’S 40/20
Ashley Klein should be dropped after a disgraceful decision not to allow a quick 40/20 restart to Penrith’s Jamie Soward. As highlighted in the above piece about Elijah Taylor, the Roosters were allowed to play on quickly and gain a double advantage of a sin bin plus a try to Guerra. Klein’s poor explanation to Soward following the eventual try to Segeyaro didn’t go down well with the seething supporters and staff at Penrith. Okay, if the Roosters ball boy refused to hand the ball back the officials are stuffed. And if ball boys are going to be like that, maybe for consistency there should be no quick restarts from 40/20 kicks.
I thought Bryce Cartwright was our best on field, just slightly ahead of Elijah Taylor. Cartwright surprisingly was able to back up with no problems from Monday night and provided Penrith with the best scoring opportunities in a scoreless first half of football. He’s a kid with huge wraps, high expectations from fans. Good to see him rewarded as he crossed for Penrith’s first try.
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