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Roosters claim 13th ANZAC Cup
The ANZAC Day clash between these two clubs has become a true highlight on the Rugby league calendar as the Game pays tribute to all those who have gone before us.
Aidan Guerra started the Roosters attack as his footwork saw him charge through the Dragons defence to post first points. Inside the first 10 minutes, Roosters led 6-0.
Daniel Tupou followed up Guerra's strong running minutes later as he was awarded the Roosters second four-pointer as he finished off a long range try featuring Mitchell Pearce, Sonny Bill Williams and Michael Jennings. Midway through the first half, the Roosters led 12-0.
The Dragons didn't bring their best game and their delayed start saw them take 26 minutes to claim their first try. Red V Captain, Ben Creagh stole the points as he snuck over from acting half following a charge from Gerard Beale. The Dragons closed the gap to 8 points, Roosters 12-4.
Anthony Minichiello looked to close out the first half with his try as he took a long pass from Man of the Match, Mitchell Pearce, however, the Dragons through Nathan Green made it a 10 point game after 40 minutes, Roosters 18-8.
The Roosters fired quickly in the second half as Jake Friend, Ashton/Collier Spirit of ANZAC Medal winner, posted the tricolours fourth try. Roosters, 24-8 after 42 minutes.
There is concern out of this game for the NSW Blues as both Michael Jennings (ankle) and James Maloney (shoulder) left the field through injury late in the contest. The club will monitor the situation and it's hoped damage won't see them miss Origin 1 on May 28th.
Next week the Roosters host the surprise packet of 2014, Wests Tigers on Friday night at Allianz Stadium. Meanwhile the Dragons head to ANZ Stadium as they prepare to face the Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon.
St. George Illawarra Dragons 14 Sydney Roosters 34
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Halftime Score: St. George Illawarra Dragons 8 Sydney Roosters 18
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Mitchell Pearce
2 points - Jake Friend
1 point - Aidan Guerra
SYDNEY ROOSTERS (34)
Tries: Aidan Guerra, Daniel Tupou, Anthony Minichiello, Jake Friend, Boyd Cordner, Shaun Kenny-Dowall
Conversions: James Maloney (5/5), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (0/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Welcome to LeagueUnlimited's LIVE coverage from Allianz Stadium as Australia and New Zealand pause to remember those who have fallen. Today marks the 13th clash for the ANZAC Cup between the Dragons and Roosters as the Game pays respect to all ANZACs.
Kick off is slated for 4:10pm at Moore Park, the rain has disappeared and the sun is beaming down.
The official ceremony taking place now with the Last Post being echoed around Allianz Stadium, to be followed by a minute's silence.
The Australian National Anthem now being performance as the teams stand side-by-side
We are UNDERWAY in ANZAC Day Football as the Dragons kick off to give the Roosters first use of the ball in this 13th meeting for the ANZAC Cup
2: Boyd Cordner is trapped on the last tackle, change over the Dragons 10 metres of their own try line
4: First penalty of the match goes to the Roosters, Anthony Minichiello worked over after the held call. James Maloney kicks for touch and the Roosters have possession 10 metres short of the half way line.
6: Tyson Frizell ruled to be inside the 10 metres is penalised for offside. Roosters kick for touch and attack 10 metres out from the Dragons try line.
7: Dragons goal line defence holds as Mitchell Pearce took a dart for the line, held out on last tackle. Change over for the Dragons
9: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Aidan Guerra. Kick to come.
Aidan Guerra with a beautiful step has charged through the Dragons defence as he sailed into a gap to bring up first points for the Roosters
12: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Shaun Kenny-Dowall makes an unforced error.
Shaun Kenny-Dowall fumbles the offload from Roger Tuivasa-Sheck as he jumped for a Mitchell Pearce last tackle kick. Change over for the Dragons deep in their own half.
13: The Dragons cough up possession early in the set to give the Roosters another chance at the try line just 20 metres out on the zero tackle.
13: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Boyd Cordner makes an unforced error.
Boyd Cordner looking to cut the Dragons defence into a gap but the ball bounces out of his hands. Dragons with it 10 metres off their own line.
14: Penalty to the Dragons as the Roosters defenders hold onto the attackers too long. Michael Witt takes the kick for touch and the Dragons march to the half way line.
15: Gareth Widdop placed a kick low towards the posts and it's taken easily by Cordner. Roosters start their set inside their 10 metre zone.
17: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Daniel Tupou. Kick to come.
Daniel Tupou gets GREEN LIGHTS from the video referee as he finished off charging run from Michael Jennings after Tupou managed to keep the ball in play before going over the sideline. Roosters post their second try of the afternoon in the eastern corner.
18: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
James Maloney with the conversion attempt from the eastern touchline splits the uprights to extend the lead once again
20: Time off here as Sonny Bill Williams was slapped in the face. He is okay and will continue.
21: Penalty to the Dragons as the Roosters caught holding down. Count is 3-2 in favour of the Roosters.
21: Penalty to the Dragons for crowding the ruck, hand on the ball. Count is at 3-all now. Dragons attack 20 metres out
24: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Daniel Tupou makes an unforced error.
Daniel Tupou jumping over the top of Jason Nightingale and knocked the ball dead. Zero tackle, 20 metre restart called for the Dragons
26: TRY ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Scored by Ben Creagh. Kick to come.
Ben Creagh has darted over the try line from acting half following his charging run on the previous set which saw Beale almost claim the Dragons first points. However, the captain sailed over the defence on the goal line.
27: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Conversion attempt by Gareth Widdop unsuccessful.
Gareth Widdop from the western sideline is unable to slot the goal, score remains an 8 point gap
31: VIDEO REFEREE for the Roosters, we have a TRY for Daniel Tupou, could be his 2nd as he dived over one-hand in the eastern corner
32: NO TRY given to Daniel Tupou has ruled to have bounced the ball over the try line, knock on the call.
36: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Anthony Minichiello. Kick to come.
Anthony Minichiello has taken a beautiful long pass across the field from Mitchell Pearce and The Count goes over in the western corner untouched.
38: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck makes an unforced error.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck unable to take the boot laces pass, drops the ball and a scrum packs for the Dragons 10 metres short of the half way line.
39: Penalty to the Dragons as the Roosters took out Widdop without the ball. Dragons with a final chance 20 metres out
40: Second half is UNDERWAY at Allianz Stadium as the Roosters kick off and lead the Dragons 18-8
42: Penalty to the Dragons, Ben Creagh holding too long. Roosters attack 10 metres out
42: VIDEO REFEREE for the Roosters, Jake Friend has dived under the posts off a great little kick he placed for himself. We have a TRY according to the referees.
47: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
James Maloney makes an unforced error.
James Maloney running onto a short pass has been unable to take the take pass. Scrum for the Dragons just short of the half way line.
50: James Maloney spinning over the try line as three Dragons swamp on him in goal. Roosters on the 4th tackle back to the 10 metre line.
51: The 7th error for the Dragons as the loose pass goes to ground. Roosters attack 30 metres out with a full set.
52: Knock on ruled against the Dragons Gareth Widdop in goal. Line drop out once again for the Roosters
54: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Daniel Tupou makes an unforced error.
Daniel Tupou almost coming up with another try for the Roosters as he was unmarked on the western side, the long pass from Maloney dropped. Change over the Dragons.
55: Penalty to the Roosters for a strip against Mitch Rein, Roosters lead the count 5-4.
58: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Nathan Green makes an unforced error.
Nathan Green jumping for the kick high across the field and unable to take the ball. Change over for the Roosters on the 10 metre line.
61: Penalty to the Dragons, kick ahead to see them attack 30 metres out
64: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Conversion attempt by Gareth Widdop successful.
Gareth Widdop with the conversion attempt from out wide nails the goal to close the gap to 10 points
72: Michael Jennings has come off the field for the Roosters and gone straight up the tunnel.
76: VIDEO REFEREE for the Roosters, Shaun Kenny-Dowall claiming points here
80: FULL TIME at Allianz Stadium sees the Sydney Roosters claim the 13th ANZAC Cup defeating the Dragons 34-14