Roosters charge through Panthers
The Sydney Roosters have charged home in the second half with a dominant performance to defeat the Penrith Panthers, 30-6 at Allianz Stadium in front of 11,176 fans.
It was a close first half of football with the Panthers going toe-to-toe with the boys from Bondi, but trailed 10-6 at the break.
Jake Friend put the Roosters on the front foot early with a simple barge over try next to the posts inside the first four points.
The Panthers replied not long later as the video referee awarded Matt Moylan his second first grade try as he cleaned up a grubber kick in goal.
The powerful Sonny Bill Williams charged through three Penrith defenders late in the first half to bring up the Roosters second four-pointer.
At the break the Roosters leaders 10-6.
The second half was all the Roosters despite the Panthers best efforts in attack. Michael Jennings claimed a double mid-second half, the first off a cut out pass from Maloney and his second posted as he cleaned up a bouncing ball from a grubber kick. Great display of skill in the second half from the Roosters centre.
The final points of the contest came through NSW Blues halfback, Mitchell Pearce. Man of the match Jared Waerea-Hargreaves provided the short pass for Pearce to hit and spin under the uprights.
The Bondi boys ran away victors over the traveling Penrith Panthers, 30-6. Next week the Roosters travel across the bridge to clash with Manly, while the Penrith Panthers return to Centrebet Stadium to host the bruised Melbourne Storm.
Sydney Roosters 30 Penrith Panthers 6
Venue: Sydney Football Stadium
Halftime Score: Sydney Roosters 10-6
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
2 points - James Maloney
1 point - Boyd Cordner
SYDNEY ROOSTERS (30)
Tries: Jake Friend, Sonny Bill Williams, Michael Jennings (2), Mitchell Pearce
Conversions: James Maloney (4/5)
Penalty Goals: James Maloney (1/1)
PENRITH PANTHERS (6)
Tries: Matt Moylan
Conversions: Luke Walsh (1/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
We are minutes away from kick off here at Allianz Stadium with the teams getting the final word from their coaches
First penalty to the Sydney Roosters
against Tim Grant
for a hand on the ball in the ruck. Roosters kick ahead and will start their set 20 metres from the Panthers line
2 min: James Maloney
fires a kick to the in goal area and it's knocked down by Luke Walsh
, line drop out for the Roosters
Penalty to the Roosters as Friend caught the Penrith offside on the goal line. Full set for the tri-colours on the Panthers goal line
5 min: Sam Moa
has gone off the field and straight up the tunnel for the Roosters after injuring his knee in an earlier tackle before the try was scored
Penalty to the Panthers against James Maloney
for not clearing the ruck quickly. Panthers attack with a kick for touch over halfway now
VIDEO REFEREE for the Panthers, Luke Walsh
has kicked through. We have NO TRY from the on field referee. Looks to have been knocked on in goal by the Panthers
11 min: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Matt Moylan
. Conversion attempt by Luke Walsh
has been awarded the green lights by the video referee as Mitchell Pearce
attempted to knock it dead, the ball dived on by Moylan before going dead. Luke Walsh
successful converted from right in front.
13 min: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
makes an unforced error.Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
attempted to play the ball as dropped the ball in the ruck. Scrum feed for the Panthers, attacking 40 metres from the Roosters line
Injury update: Sika Manu
has a head knock and being accessed in the sheds by the Panthers medical staff. Meanwhile for the Roosters, Sam Moa
has a strain to his medial ligament and they are hopeful of him returning today
Penalty against Mose Masoe
for failing to clear the ruck after the held call in the ruck. Sydney Roosters
attacking just inside the halfway line.
18 min: Mitchell Pearce
with a towering kick to the corner is collected in the field of play by Dave Simmons for the Panthers
Penalty to the Panthers against Michael Jennings
for a lifting tackle/Dangerous throw. Not placed on report, Panthers are in this game pushing the Roosters as they are let to make a mistake
23 min: Tom Humble
with a good kick on the 4th tackle in the set, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
dives on the loose ball in goal. Roosters with a line drop out once again, Panthers with their second back to back set
25 min: James Segeyaro
kicks through the Roosters defence and it's bounced over the touch-in goal line. 20 metres restart ruled for the Sydney Roosters
. No points for the Panthers.
26 min: Anthony Minichiello
is denied for a forward pass thrown by Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
. The Roosters pushed up and broke the Panthers defence and looked promising. Scrum feed packs for the Panthers, 10 metres away.
27 min: UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS James Segeyaro
makes an unforced error.James Segeyaro
has dropped the ball at lock from the back of the scrum. Pressure back on the Panthers as the Roosters attack 10 metres away from the goal line
A mistake and a penalty for a strip gives the Panthers a free pass out of their own red zone. Sonny Bill Williams
ruled to have stripped the ball out. Panthers attacking 40 metres off their own line
Zero tackle ruled for the Roosters, they attack 10 metres away from the Panthers line
Penalty to the Roosters for the Panthers defence ruled offside from the kick from Luke Walsh
HALF TIME at Allianz Stadium: Roosters lead 10-6 over the Panthers. Penrith have done well to hang in this contest and challenge by the boys from Bondi
Dave Simmons and Dean Whare
force Daniel Tupou
out over the left touchline has the Roosters spread the ball wide. Scrum feed to the Panthers 10 metres away
Penalty against James Maloney
for holding down in the ruck too long. Luke Walsh
takes the free kick and attack 40 metres from the goal line
48 min: 40/20 SYDNEY ROOSTERSJames Maloney
kicks a 40/20.James Maloney
nails a 40/20 kick as the ball and it rolls over the touchline 10 metres from the Panthers goal line
Forward pass ruled, change over for the Panthers. But before the play gets on a roll, a mistake from the Panthers gives the Roosters a chance on halfway
Penalty for the Roosters against the Panthers for hand on the ball in the ruck. James Maloney
taking the shot at penalties goal to extend the lead to two converted tries
Great take from Matt Moylan
off the kick from the Roosters, was under a mile of pressure from the Roosters chasers
61 min: UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS Matt Moylan
makes an unforced error.Matt Moylan
challenge for the high kick and it's knocked on. Roosters working it 15 metres off their goal line.
63 min: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Michael Jennings
. Conversion attempt by James Maloney
cleaned up the bounce off the kick and the Panthers defenders unable to get to the ball first. Jennings claims his second try today, Maloney adds the extras with the conversion from out wide to extend the leadSydney Roosters
65 min: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS Shaun Kenny-Dowall
makes an unforced error.Shaun Kenny-Dowall
comes up with a mistake in the ruck as he was tackled 20 metres away from his goal line. Scrum feed packs for the Panthers
Penalty against the Roosters for James Maloney
for holding down in the ruck.
68 min: UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS Mose Masoe
makes an unforced error.Mose Masoe
charged into the defence of two Roosters and dropped it in the tackle. Scrum feed packs for the Roosters just short of halfway
69 min: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Mitchell Pearce
. Conversion attempt by James Maloney
with a step and spinning through the Panthers defence to score under the uprights. Great running from the Roosters halfback off a short pass at the mouth of the posts. James Maloney
makes no mistake with the kick at goal from in front of the posts.Sydney Roosters
72 min: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS Michael Jennings
makes an unforced error.Michael Jennings
charged into the tackle of Nathan Smith
and was unable to hold onto possession. Scrum feed for the Panthers 20 metres from Roosters goal line
Penalty to the Panthers, Roosters ruled to have taken a Panther off the ball. Attacking 10 metres away once again
VIDEO REFEREE for the Panthers, we are looking at the grounding. There is a question on the pass, but we can't have a ruling on that.
NO TRY for the Panthers, Matt Robinson
ruled short of the try line and play continues on the 2nd tackle for the Panthers
Panthers give up possession with Boyd Cordner
coming up with the ball on his goal line.
Penalty to the Panthers, Matt Moylan
was dragged over the sideline. Panthers kick for touch and attack 20 metres out from their own line
78 min: UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS Clint Newton
makes an unforced error.
Double knock on the last tackle against Clint Newton
, Roosters lucky to escape without conceding points. They work it off their goal line.
Mistake from the Panthers inside the last minute of play. Last chance for points with a scrum feed 10 metres from the Panthers goal line
FULL TIME at Allianz Stadium, the Roosters have secured victory over the Penrith Panthers