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.
Sydney Roosters 28 Canberra Raiders 22
Venue: Sydney Football Stadium
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)
CANBERRA RAIDERS (22)
Tries: Joel Edwards, Blake Ferguson (2), Sandor Earl
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (3/4)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Dylan Napa makes an unforced error.
Dylan Napa charged onto a short pass at the goal line and he lost it forward
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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