Roosters run riot over Panthers
The Sydney Roosters registered their 50th win over the Penrith Panthers in the NRL after beating them 42 points to 6 in front of 11,879 fans at Centrebet Stadium.
It was a battle between two sides at polar opposites on the table - Roosters sitting second and Panthers languishing outside the eight, fighting for their finals aspirations.
Panthers pounced on a flat start from the Roosters with David Simmons continuing his knack of finding the try-line for the home side.
After the early setback the Roosters worked their way into the contest, earning repeat sets to pile the pressure on the Panthers. Daniel Tupou breaking through in the 14th minute from a lovely Maloney pass to slide in.
The Roosters had woken up and were beginning to punish the wasteful Panthers who after throwing two balls over the sideline didn't touch the ball until well after the half hour mark.
In that time, the Roosters scoffed at the stat about them being the worst side at creating repeat sets, producing two back to back. The added defense tolled on the home side, as Jake Friend found a small hole to run through for the try.
To make matters worse, Mose Masoe and Adam Docker were added to the growing list of injuries for the Penrith side with broken hands.
Once the whistle for the second half had sounded, the Roosters started to flex their premiership muscles. They produced a five try salvo to put away the Panthers convincingly and leave too much for the mountain men to do late in the season for a finals push.
Cordner picked up the first in the 43rd minute after running a nice line to leave him one-on-one with Moylan and there was only going to be one winner. His second row partner, Aidan Guerra had a simple effort himself from an inside ball to stretch it to 24-6 after 51 minutes.
Next Maloney went through a large gap provided by the weary Panthers to register a four pointer and putting the game beyond reach.
Tuivasa-Sheck and Cordner added tries in the final twenty minutes, the latter making it a brace to give a healthy boost to the Roosters points difference heading into the final rounds of the regular season.
Penrith Panthers 6 Sydney Roosters 42
Venue: Penrith Stadium
Halftime Score: Sydney Roosters 12-6
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - James Maloney
2 points - Boyd Cordner
1 point - Shaun Kenny-Dowall
PENRITH PANTHERS (6)
Tries: David Simmons
Conversions: Luke Walsh (1/1)
SYDNEY ROOSTERS (42)
Tries: Daniel Tupou, James Maloney, Jake Friend, Boyd Cordner (2), Aidan Guerra, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
Conversions: James Maloney (7/7)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Panthers: 1. Matt Moylan 18. Josh Mansour 3. Lewis Brown 4. Dean Whare 5. David Simmons 6. Isaac John 7. Luke Walsh 8. Jeremy Latimore 9. Kevin Kingston (c) 10. Tim Grant 11. Clint Newton 12. Sika Manu 13. Adam Docker
Interchange: 14. James Segeyaro 15. Cameron Ciraldo 16. Mose Masoe 17. Ryan Simpkins
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. Luke O'Donnell 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Frank Paul Nuuausala
Interchange: 14. Daniel Mortimer 15. Aidan Guerra 16. Sam Moa 17. Isaac Liu
Welcome to LeagueUnlimited's LIVE coverage from Penrith's Centrebet Stadium as the Panthers host the Sydney Roosters.
Tonight first up in team news, young gun James Roberts has been ruled out. He is replaced by Josh Mansour. As for the Roosters, they remain unchanged and will line-up 1-17 tonight.
Here come the Roosters onto Penrith Park in their white away strip and here come the Panthers after the cermonial bell is struck by Brad Fittler - They are in their black strip.
An impeccably observed minute's silence to honour Graham Murray by everyone at the ground.. now onto the football! Panthers will kick-off and here we go!
2 min: An early PENALTY against the Roosters - the most penalised team in the NRL. Walsh finds touch and the Panthers start on the 30 metre line.
VIDEO REFEREE: Some early work for the video referee - checking if David Simmons has scored., checking grounding.
4 min: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by David Simmons. Conversion attempt by Luke Walsh successful.
Some nice quick hands has caught the usually resolute defense of the Roosters out. Walsh holds the ball enough to give David Simmons the room to plant it down. Luke Walsh with his first kick from the sideline puts it straight over the black dot.
Penrith Panthers 6-0
5 min: Another PENALTY conceded by the Roosters allowing the Panthers an easy passage. Hargreaves the culprit this time.
6 min: Panthers tried the sweep play once again, this time to the left but Moylan rushed the pass and it struck a Rooster hand. So the possession will stay with the home side.
7 min: Luke Walsh almost produced a result with a raking kick but it was spilled. Turnover.
10 min: Now the Roosters have earnt a PENALTY with Luke O'Donnell wearing a shot from Tim Grant that crept high.
11 min: Lovely ball work early from the Roosters - first Minichiello was almost away but rounded up. Michael Jennings as well but they will get a repeat set after the Panthers knocked it down in the ruck.
VIDEO REFEREE: Two tries and two checks for the man upstairs.. Tupou the possible try-scorer here.
14 min: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Daniel Tupou. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! Roosters produce a set play that sent Daniel Tupou in. Decoys engage the defenders allowing Maloney to throw a cut-out to Tupou to stroll in. James Maloney swings the conversion over.
15 min: The theme of PENALTIES coming out of trouble continues.. Panthers getting their third for the night.
16 min: Panthers try some ad-lib play after the Manu sideways run but it is spilled by John.
19 min: PENALTY Roosters - Referees have been whistle happy early.
23 min: A delicate kick from the Roosters half and he is taken out late by Clint Newton. PENALTY. On replay it looks slightly harsh on Newton, he wrapped his arms around Pearce.
24 min: PENALTY again, Panthers out of trouble again.
25 min: Mansour tipping it up for an alley-oop unfortunately no one told him it's rugby league so it's knocked on.
26 min: A silly strip by the Panthers, PENALTY. Roosters coming right into this contest now.
26 min: Until the knock it on through Luke O'Donnell.. commentator's curse.
27 min: The ball movement has got sloppy from the Panthers in the last few minutes. Two passes now which have sailed over the sideline.
29 min: Nice little stab kick from Anthony Minichiello after a bounce pass with the slip from Mansour earns a repeat set.
30 min: Good defense from the Panthers. They will have to repeat the dose again, as Maloney earnt his side another dropout.
34 min: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Jake Friend. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Smart play from Jake Friend, seeing a weakness in the markers and ran right at the them for the try! Maloney with an easy assignment, slots it through.
Sydney Roosters 12-6
34 min: PENALTY Roosters and it is another soft passage for the team coming second on the ladder.
36 min: Kenny-Dowall tries to link with his winger Tuivasa-Sheck but throws it forward!
38 min: The penalty-athon continues.. Panthers on the receiving end this time. Let them play refs!
39 min: Panthers stab one through and get a mix-up between fullback and winger.. unfortunately they were OFFSIDE. So penalty Roosters.
40 min: We have a race! Matt Moylan with a lovely one-handed pick up is away but he is mowed down by Tupou! Panthers try to spread it wide but it's HALFTIME.
41 min: Back on the field for the second half - Roosters kick-off and we're back underway!
41 min: Not the start the Panthers wanted. A knock on right from the kick-off.
43 min: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Boyd Cordner. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Roosters make them pay immediately. Cordner wide runs a great line and goes over Dean Whare to score. Maloney makes it 3/3 for the night.
Sydney Roosters 18-6
VIDEO REFEREE: David Simmons might have pulled a rabbit out the hand on this putdown, checking it though.
46 min: RED LIGHTS.. NO TRY! It was ruled as a knock on.
47 min: Panthers looking to find a spark with some offloads. They will find field position though, following this PENALTY.
51 min: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Aidan Guerra. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Simple inside ball from Maloney and Guerra is in a HUGE hole and takes on Moylan to cross the stripe. Maloney adds the easy conversion.
Sydney Roosters 24-6
53 min: PENALTY Roosters - Tim Grant highlighting the ill discipline of the Panthers tonight.
VIDEO REFEREE: Maloney went through a gap as big as Sydney heads but we're checking obstruction.
55 min: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by James Maloney. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! Maloney gets a lovely pass from Pearce and takes on the defenders going through a huge hole to score. He proceeds to convert his own try and that should be game over.
Sydney Roosters 30-6
57 min: SIX MORE as the Panthers hustle to keep an errant offload alive.
57 min: PENALTY Panthers making the count 7 all.
57 min: Simkins though knocks on trying to get up and play it.
60 min: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Roosters are just on a roll now! Shaun Kenny-Dowall got the ball in space, drew his man and flicked it to Tuivasa-Sheck who stood up his man for the TRY. Maloney makes it 6 from 6 and the Roosters are racking the score up now.
Sydney Roosters 36-6
63 min: Roosters cutting through the Panthers at will now but Jennings spills it in the tackle.
VIDEO REFEREE: Moylan never gave up on the ball there and almost gets a result. Checking for a knock on.
65 min: RED LIGHTS.. NO TRY! Moylan with a valiant effort but knocked on trying to pick it up. Roosters scrum ten metres out.
70 min: Roosters keeping it alive on last almost comes off from Tupou but it was knocked on.
72 min: Maloney has sliced through again and is trying to position Jennings, he finds a Panther though before Jennings knocks on the rebound.
73 min: PENALTY Panthers - A chance for some consolation points.
76 min: Panthers prise an opening through their halves unfortunately Kingston and Segeyaro get mixed up, knocking it on.
78 min: James Segeyaro dances through the defense but loses it trying to find someone to offload to.
80 min: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Boyd Cordner. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
One more TRY for good measure! Maloney once again opens up the defense, finds Cordner who goes the distance for the TRY. Maloney has had a great night out and finishes with a perfect conversion rate.
Sydney Roosters 42-6