The Sydney Roosters have scored a scrappy yet comfortable 26-12 win over the Canberra Raiders in front of just over 11,000 fans at Allianz Stadium.
The game started off messily for both sides with errors affecting play in the opening minutes.
The defending premiers opened the scoring in the 9th minute through Daniel Tupou after he was on the receiving end of some good lead up work from James Maloney and Aiden Guerra to score out in the corner and after the conversion they lead 6-0.
The Roosters continued with the attacking pressure and then in the 19th minute Daniel Tupou was again on the end of some good lead up work from his Roosters teammates.
The game became an arm-wrestle with never side being able to land a blow on their opponents with several near misses and quite a few mistakes taking the shine off some of the high quality skills shown earlier in the half.
James Maloney extended the Roosters lead five before the break when the Raiders defence opened up and let James Maloney race through to score under the posts to extend the lead out to 18-0 at the half time break.
The Second half was a messy affair with a lot of half chances being created however neither side were able to capitalise on these chances.
It was until Daniel Tupou flew high over the Raiders defenders to score and plant the ball down for his third try of the match and after James Maloney's conversion the Roosters lead 24-0.
The Raiders then got the transitory feeling that a comeback was possible when Jack Wighton scored out wide in the corner and then soon after Paul Vaughan crossed over for his try though did need the Video Referee to overturn the onfield decision.
That was the end of the try scoring for the night but right on full time James Maloney slotted a penalty goal to extend the Roosters winning margin out to 14 and made the score 26-12.
Next weekend, the Roosters will travel down to Melbourne for a Sunday afternoon clash at AAMI Park meanwhile the Raiders are back at GIO Stadium for a Monday night clash with the Brisbane Broncos.