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
Welcome to LeagueUnlimited.com's coverage LIVE from Allianz Stadium as the Sydney Roosters host the Penrith Panthers.
Team news this afternoon, firstly for the Roosters. No changes to the side named on Tuesday.
Meanwhile for the Panthers, Mose Masoe has been called up with, Sam McKendry ruled out with a neck injury early in the week. Nathan Smith starts, Nigel Plum moving to the bench.
Roosters: 1. Anthony Minichiello 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Michael Jennings 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 6. James Maloney 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Sam Moa 11. Mitchell Aubusson 12. Sonny Bill Williams 13. Boyd Cordner.
Interchange: 14. Daniel Mortimer 15. Martin Kennedy 16. Aidan Guerra 17. Luke O’Donnell
Panthers: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Travis Robinson 3. Lewis Brown 4. Dean Whare 5.
David Simmons 6. Tom Humble 7. Luke Walsh 15. Mose Masoe 9. Kevin Kingston 10. Tim Grant 11. Sika Manu 12. Matthew Robinson 18. Nathan Smith 13. Nigel Plum
Interchange: 14. Adam Docker 16. James Segeyaro 17. Clint Newton
We are minutes away from kick off here at Allianz Stadium with the teams getting the final word from their coaches
1 min: We are UNDERWAY at Allianz Stadium with Matt Moylan kicking off for the Penrith Panthers
1 min: 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
3 min: 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
4 min: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Jake Friend. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Jake Friend took on the Panthers defence on the goal line and dived over next to the uprights. Simple bash over four-pointer for the Sydney Roosters. James Maloney with the conversion from right in front adds the extras
Sydney Roosters 6-0
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
8 min: Kick from Tom Humble on the last tackle for the Panthers, not a good one as it's straight down the throat of Anthony Minichiello
8 min: Mitchell Pearce's kick was high to the left corner, it was taken in the field of play by Luke Walsh.
9 min: Penalty to the Panthers against James Maloney for not clearing the ruck quickly. Panthers attack with a kick for touch over halfway now
11 min: 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 successful.
Matt Moylan 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.
12 min: INTERCHANGE: Sika Manu OFF; Clint Newton ON
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
13 min: 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
15 min: 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
19 min: INTERCHANGE (Panthers): Mose Masoe OFF; Nigel Plum ON
20 min: 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
22 min: Luke Walsh's kick on the last tackle is a good as Anthony Minichiello is trapped in goal, line drop out and repeat set for the Penrith Panthers
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
24 min: INTERCHANGE (Roosters): Jared Waerea-Hargreaves OFF; Luke O'Donnell ON
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
27 min: 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
31 min: INTERCHANGE: (Panthers): Adam Docker ON; Tim Grant OFF :: (Roosters): Daniel Mortimer ON; Jake Friend OFF
32 min: Zero tackle ruled for the Roosters, they attack 10 metres away from the Panthers line
34 min: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Sonny Bill Williams. Conversion attempt by James Maloney unsuccessful.
On the back of a penalty, Sonny Bill Williams, charged into the Panthers defence. He reached out through the defence of three Panthers. Powerful attack from the Roosters. James Maloney from out wide fails to add the extras
Sydney Roosters 10-6
36 min: Penalty to the Roosters for the Panthers defence ruled offside from the kick from Luke Walsh
39 min: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves makes an unforced error.
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves drops the ball as the Roosters tried to spread it wide.
40 min: 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
41 min: Second half is UNDERWAY as the Sydney Roosters kick off through James Maloney
42 min: 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
44 min: Penalty to the Penrith Panthers against Mitchell Aubusson for hand on the ruck. Penrith attack on halfway from the free kick
46 min: Shaun Kenny-Dowall is caught on the last tackle with the ball. Penrith Panthers get the change over of possession on halfway
47 min: 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 ROOSTERS
James 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
51 min: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Michael Jennings. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
James Maloney provides the cut out pass across the left side for Michael Jennings who strolls through a gap to score untouched. James Maloney with the conversion from out wide is successful with a good strike
Sydney Roosters 16-6
54 min: 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
55 min: 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
56 min: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Penalty goal attempt by James Maloney successful.
James Maloney with a good strike of the ball adds the extras with the penalty goal
Sydney Roosters 18-6
58 min: 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 successful.
Michael Jennings 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 lead
Sydney Roosters 24-6
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
67 min: 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 successful.
Mitchell Pearce 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 30-6
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
73 min: Penalty to the Panthers, Roosters ruled to have taken a Panther off the ball. Attacking 10 metres away once again
74 min: 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.
74 min: NO TRY for the Panthers, Matt Robinson ruled short of the try line and play continues on the 2nd tackle for the Panthers
74 min: Panthers give up possession with Boyd Cordner coming up with the ball on his goal line.
75 min: 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.
79 min: 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
80 min: FULL TIME at Allianz Stadium, the Roosters have secured victory over the Penrith Panthers, 30-6