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Despite a poor opening 10 minutes, the first half for the Tigers was quite promising with the Roosters being able to put just the one try on the board and that came after just four minutes, when Michael Jennings found open space chasing a Mitchell Pearce kick to score his 100th career try and the first of the night from the Roosters. The try was followed up shortly after by a penalty goal from close range and the Roosters took an 8-0
The Wet conditions played havoc with the attack of both sides with plenty of drop balls and plays not going 100% correctly.
The usual 40/20 confusion reared its head again following a Luke Brooks 40/20, when Blake Austin took the quick tap at the 10m junction instead of the 20m junction and was called back by Gavin Badger, again questioning the validity of the rule.
The second half was one of hope and optimism for the Tigers who showed glimmers of getting into the game, however it wasn't to be with the Roosters putting the gearbox into full gear and racing away.
This was shown from their first set of six where they managed to force a repeat set and off the repeat set they scored through a barnstorming Sam Moa and that pushed the lead out to 14-0.
From there, the Tigers only possession of the ball was at the kick off because the Roosters began to steam roll the Tigers, and this resulted in a quickfire double to Anthony Minichello, a lucky Jared Warera-Hargreaves try off some sloppy clean up work at the back from the Tigers then thirdly Shaun Kenny-Dowall took advantage of some disinterested defence to score from dummy half to push the score out to 36-0.
It wasn't all doom and gloom for the Tigers debutant, when Jy Hitchcox found himself in space off a Tigers short side raid and he got his first career try to take the score to 42-4.
The last try of the night summed up the way the Roosters played when Mitchell Pearce took two juggles of a pass before a falcon helped him to regather the ball and score, and after Maloney converted the Roosters secured their 48-4 win.
Next weekend, the Wests Tigers come up against a resilient Bulldogs team on Thursday night at ANZ Stadium, whilst the Sydney Roosters make the trip across the ditch when they take on the NZ Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
SYDNEY ROOSTERS (48)
Tries: Michael Jennings, Sam Moa, Anthony Minichiello (2), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Daniel Tupou, Mitchell Pearce
Conversions: James Maloney (7/8)
Penalty Goals: James Maloney (1/1)
TEAM CHANGES: Plenty of changes for the Tigers tonight - Jy Hitchcox makes his NRL DEBUT, Luke Brooks returns at halfback, Kurtis Rowe moves to FB, Cory Paterson to the Win, Jy Hitchcox on the wing, Mitch Moses to 5/8, Blake Austin to Centre, Curtis Sironen to 2nd row, Adam Blair to lock and Sauaso Sue on to the bench
TEAM CHANGES: The Roosters on the otherhand have keep the changes to a minimum with Daniel Tupou returning in jersey 20, replacing Nene McDonald who played Holden Cup earlier, Dylan Napa will start in place of Sam Moa who drops to the bench
After seemingly weeks of dry weather across Sydney, Leichhardt Oval brings us the usual wet conditions it normally gives us
4: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Michael Jennings. Kick to come.
Michael Jennings flies through the defence with his blistering speed to chase down the Mitchell Pearce kick and score the Roosters first of the night and his 100th off his career
10: RTS takes an great catch at the back off the high ball in tough conditions but strong defence from the Tigers force the line dropout
11: PENALTY TIGERS: JWH is penalised for being too slow off the ruck, Penalty count now 2-0
19: A Good kick from Robbie Farah puts the pressure on the Roosters but a good pass from Anthony Minichello finds RTS who gets out of the ingoal
21: Pressure off the Tigers with RTS losing the ball behind himself only for Luke Brooks to pull it out of his hands
22: PENALTY ROOSTERS: Aaron Woods penalised for being offside and the Roosters are going to take the 2
25: PENALTY ROOSTERS: Roosters get their second penalty in a row and they go on the attack
26: Good kick from the Tigers forces RTS into some indecision but he gets the ball away to Anthony Minichello
27: PENALTY ROOSTERS: Martin Taupau is penalised "unluckily" (the Badge's own words), after being concussed in the tackle
31: Daniel Tupou flies high for the kick chase but knocks it on and the Tigers get the handover 10m out
34: Robbie Farah tries the chip on the last but the Roosters get a touch and Aiden Guerra takes the deflection
39: Great cover defence from the Tigers jams the Roosters attackers and force Daniel Tupou into touch
40: And with that, its half time at a wet and slippery Leichhardt Oval - its the Roosters in control 8-0
40: And were back underway at Leichhardt Oval - Tigers get the first possession of the second half
42: Kurtis Rowe is forced back into the ingoal and the Roosters get a repeat set
43: PENALTY ROOSTERS: Despite a 70m dropout, the good work is undone with the Tigers being offside
48: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Anthony Minichiello. Kick to come.
A Good break then some excellent sliding on wet ground from Mini gets himself over the tryline for another 4 pointer
51: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Anthony Minichiello. Kick to come.
Tries coming on tap now for the Roosters, Anthony Minichello gets the ball of Aiden Guerra who took an excellent catch himself
56: No communication at the back between Tupou and Minichello and the catch goes behind them both but no harm done
56: Play goes messy from the Roosters and the Tigers clean it up
59: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Jared Waerea-Hargreaves. Kick to come.
Some luck off the kick gives the ball to the Roosters and JWH will score one of the easiest tries of his career