Roosters cement top of the table

The Sydney Roosters have cemented their spot on top of the NRL ladder after a 28-22 victory at Allianz Stadium. It was not the most convincing win, but they did enough to entertain the crowd of 13,223.

The Roosters struck first points as James Maloney took a simple intercept off a pass from Josh McCrone to bolt 60 metres down field. The Roosters on the board, 6-0 after 13 minutes.

After a review from the man up stairs in the video referee's box, Joel Edwards was awarded his try has he hit and spin through defensive line. The Raiders back in the contest as Jarrod Croker locked the game up at 6-all after 20 minutes.

Michael Jennings replied just minutes later as he was gifted a try by Daniel Tupou who knocked the ball back in the high ball contest. James Maloney from the sideline struck the ball beautifully to convert. Roosters back in the lead 12-6.

Former Panther, Jennings posted his second try just before the break thanks to a pin-point pass from Mitchell Pearce. The Roosters extending their lead to 16-6.

In his first game back in the NRL after being suspended, Blake Ferguson made his mark with two tries. He posted his first a minute before half time. Ferguson dived over in the corner and planted the Steeden inside the corner post. The Raiders closed the gap to 16-10 heading into the break after 40 minutes.

Following a mistake from the kick off, Shaun Kenny-Dowall put the Roosters on the front foot as he has slid over the goal line off a long pass from Mitchell Aubusson. Maloney no mistake with the conversion extended the Roosters lead to 22-10.

Powerful winger, Daniel Tupou was rewarded for his efforts as he crossed in the 49th minute off a bullet cut out pass from James Maloney. The Roosters in control leading 28-10.

The Canberra Raiders attempted a fight back at the back end of the second half with tries to Sandor Earl and Blake Ferguson but it wasn't enough. Blake Ferguson will be happy with his return performance as it appeared he hasn't missed a game.

The Roosters weren't at their best, but they did enough to defeat the Raiders 28-22. The two competition points sees the Roosters stand alone on top of the NRL ladder after 22 Rounds.

Match Details
Sydney Roosters 28 Canberra Raiders 22
Venue: Sydney Football Stadium
Crowd: 13223
Halftime Score: Sydney Roosters 16-10

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - James Maloney
2 points - Anthony Milford
1 point - Blake Ferguson

SYDNEY ROOSTERS (28)
Tries: James Maloney, Michael Jennings (2), Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Daniel Tupou
Field Goals: James Maloney (0/1)
Conversions: James Maloney (4/5)
Penalty Goals:

CANBERRA RAIDERS (22)
Tries: Joel Edwards, Blake Ferguson (2), Sandor Earl
Field Goals:
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (3/4)
Penalty Goals:

LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

Welcome to LeagueUnlimited's LIVE coverage from Allianz Stadium as the Sydney Roosters host the Canberra Raiders to kick off Super Saturday in Round 22.

Team changes sees one change for the Roosters Luke O'Donnell has been ruled out due to illness. Sam Moa comes into the starting side from the bench, Tinirau Arona takes Moa's bench spot.

The Raiders are unchanged, and will be 1-17 this evening.

1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Mitch Aubusson 4. Michael Jennings 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. James Maloney 7. Mitch Pearce 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 15. Sam Moa 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Frank-Paul Nuuausala
Interchange: 14. Daniel Mortimer 16. Issac Liu 17. Dylan Napa 18. Tinirau Arona

1. Anthony Milford 2. Sandor Earl 3. Sandor Earl 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Blake Ferguson 5. Jack Wighton 6. Terry Campese (c) 7. Josh McCrone 8. David Shillington 9. Glen Buttriss 10. Dane Tilse 11. Josh Papalii 12. Joel Thompson 13. Shaun Fensom
Interchange: 14. Shaun Berrigan 15. Joel Edwards 16. Brett White 17. Paul Vaughan
Earlier tonight in Holden Cup, the Raiders held on to defeat the Roosters 38-32
1 min: We are UNDERWAY at Allianz Stadium as Raiders kicks off to give the Roosters first use.
1 min: Penalty to the Raiders against Mitchell Pearce for being inside the 10 metres. Raiders on halfway
2 min: McCrone putting in a short kick but Sandor Earl not ready for the kick and it bounces dead. 20 metre tap for the Roosters
3 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Jack Wighton makes an unforced error.
Jack Wighton ruled to have knocked on the kick from the Roosters. Scrum packs 15 metres from the Raiders goal line
4 min: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Boyd Cordner makes an unforced error.
Boyd Cordner coughs up possession as he is belted in a tackle on the goal line. Zero tackle for the Raiders inside their 10 metre zone.
5 min: Penalty awarded to the Raiders for a strip in the tackle on David Shillington. Raiders find the line and attack on halfway
6 min: Penalty to the Roosters on the back of the mistake from the Raiders as they attacked the line. Dane Tilse ruled inside the 10 metres. Roosters find the sideline and attack on halfway
7 min: Frank-Paul Nuuausala's pass to Aidan Guerra ruled forward as he offloaded short. Raiders will pack a scrum feed 20 metres off their own line
8 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Anthony Milford makes an unforced error.
Anthony Milford charged into the tackle of Mitchell Aubusson and the ball popped out. Possession back to the Roosters through a scrum feed 30 metres out
9 min: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck throws long pass to his winger in Daniel Tupou is ruled forward. Scrum for the Raiders on their 10 minute line
10 min: Penalty against James Maloney for a high tackle on Sandor Earl. Raiders kick for touch and attack on halfway
13 min: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by James Maloney. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
James Maloney took a simple intercept as Josh McCrone threw a short pass looking for a runner. Maloney stole the ball and bolted 60 metres untouched to score under the posts. He converted his own try without issue from in front
Sydney Roosters 6-0
16 min: James Maloney aims his kick to the sideline to complete the set, the ball bounces over the touchline and a scrum will pack for the Raiders 20 metres off their own goal line
18 min: Shaun Fensom earns a penalty as the referee rules a hand in the ruck as he attempted to play the ball. Raiders attacking 10 metres from the Roosters line.
19 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Raiders, Joel Edwards has scored. Looking at obstruction here.
20 min: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Joel Edwards. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Joel Edwards has scored for the Raiders as the Green Machine kept the ball alive through Anthony Milford. Edwards charged forward, hit and spin over the white wash to post the Raiders first try. Jarrod Croker with the conversion locked the game up
6 all
24 min: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Michael Jennings. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Michael Jennings has been gifted a try by Daniel Tupou who knocked the ball back in the kick contest to charge over. James Maloney from the sideline strikes it beautifully to convert
Sydney Roosters 12-6
27 min: Anthony Milford knocks on following the mistake from Boyd Cordner. However, it's a change over for the Roosters as they firstly knocked on.
28 min: Penalty to the Raiders against Boyd Cordner stripped the ball out of the hands of Joel Edwards. Raiders attacking 20 metres out
28 min: Penalty to the Raiders against Boyd Cordner stripped the ball out of the hands of Joel Edwards. Raiders attacking 20 metres out
29 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Raiders, we have NO TRY for Terry Campese. Looking at obstruction
29 min: Penalty to the Roosters as Terry Campese ran into a hole thanks to Joel Edwards obstructing Jake Friend on the goal line
30 min: Mitchell Pearce collars Anthony Milford and flings him over the sideline. Scrum feed packs for the Roosters 30 metres from the Raiders goal line
31 min: Penalty to the Roosters against Shaun Berrigan for applying pressure in the tackle after the held call
31 min: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Dylan Napa makes an unforced error.
Dylan Napa charged onto a short pass at the goal line and he lost it forward
34 min: Penalty to the Roosters, they find the line and attack 20 metres out from the Raiders line.
36 min:
Mitchell Pearce has fired a perfect pass to the chest of Michael Jennings to dive into a gap. Beautiful Rugby League from the Roosters as they spread across the field. James Maloney with the conversion from the sideline is pushed across the face of goal
Sydney Roosters 16-6
38 min: Forward pass ruled against the Roosters as they marched up field. Scrum feed for the Raiders, 40 metres from the Roosters goal line
39 min: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Blake Ferguson. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker unsuccessful.
Blake Ferguson has charged for the corner and managed to plant the ball down inside the junction of the goal line and touch-ingoal line to score. Jarrod Croker from the sideline misses the kick at goal.
Sydney Roosters 16-10
40 min: HALF TIME at Allianz Stadium sees the Sydney Roosters lead 16-10 over the Canberra Raiders
41 min: We are UNDERWAY at Allianz Stadium in the second half as the Roosters lead 16-10, James Maloney kicks us off
41 min: Shaun Berrigan has come up with a mistake at dummy half. Scrum for the Roosters 35 metres from the goal line
43 min: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Shaun Kenny-Dowall. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Shaun Kenny-Dowall has slid over in the corner for the Roosters thanks to a long pass thanks to Mitchell Aubusson. The Roosters making the Raiders pay for the mistake from the kick off. James Maloney with the conversion nails the goal from the sideline
Sydney Roosters 22-10
44 min: Penalty to the Raiders as Michael Jennings is caught for an obstruction. Raiders 10m out
45 min: Shaun Berrigan is penalised once again for hand in the ruck on the ball. Roosters first the line and attack 40 metres out
49 min: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Daniel Tupou. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Daniel Tupou has dived over in the corner thanks to a bullet cut out pass from James Maloney. Beautiful play from the 5/8th to give the Roosters their 5th try of the night. Maloney from the sideline nails the conversion
Sydney Roosters 28-10
53 min: Penalty to the Raiders against Tinirau Arona who is penalised for hand in the ruck
55 min: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Sandor Earl. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Sandor Earl has finished off a great try from the Raiders. The play started thanks to a break from Anthony Milford, he went through a gap to offload to Blake Ferguson who bolted away. He basketballed over the top to Earl who strolled in. Jarrod Croker with the conversion closes the game to 12.
Sydney Roosters 28-16
61 min: Shaun Kenny-Dowall dives on the ball in goal off the pin-point grubber from James Maloney. Line drop out call for the Raiders
62 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Blake Ferguson makes an unforced error.
Blake Ferguson unable to crack the line, the catch and passes missed as the Raiders spread on the last tackle. Roosters come up with on their 10 metre line
63 min: Penalty to the Roosters off the mistake as the Raiders failed to clear the ruck. Roosters attack 30 metres out from the Raiders goal line
63 min: Terry Campese with some friendly fire. Shillington comes over the top with a finger in the eye. Raiders could be without their play maker
64 min: Campese goes back to the in goal behind the play. Roosters attack from a scrum 10m out
65 min: Boyd Cordner has left the field for the Roosters with a possible leg injury as the Roosters concede a penalty to the Raiders. Canberra with possession on halfway
69 min: Blake Ferguson bolted down the sideline but threw the pass back infield before going over the sideline. Roosters dive on the ball and attack on halfway
72 min: Raiders hanging in here, Line drop out coming up as the Roosters are trapped in goal
72 min: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Michael Jennings makes an unforced error.
Michael Jennings jumped off the line to knock the pass down from the Raiders. Scrum packs for Canberra, 10 metres out
75 min: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Blake Ferguson. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Blake Ferguson has charged through the defence of FOUR Roosters to plant the ball down in goal. A great solo try. Jarrod Croker from the sideline nails the conversion to make it a six point ball game
Sydney Roosters 28-22
76 min: Penalty to the Raiders for a dangerous tackle. They attack on halfway
77 min: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
James Maloney makes an unforced error.
James Maloney has ruled to have played at the ball as the Raiders spread the ball. Raiders will get the scrum feed 10 metres from the Roosters goal line
78 min: The Raiders have knocked on from the line drop out, Joel Thompson gave himself up and it wasn't a knock on on replay. However, it's a scrum for the Roosters 40 metres off their line
79 min: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Field goal attempt by James Maloney unsuccessful.
James Maloney takes a snap at field goal to put the game out to a 7 point lead, but it's missed
Sydney Roosters 28-22
80 min: FULL TIME at Allianz Stadium has seen the ladder leading Sydney Roosters hold on to defeat the Canberra Raiders 28-22
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