ICYMI, on Thursday the @NRL - National Rugby League released the 2018 #NRLDraw.
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The game started off messily for both sides with errors affecting play in the opening minutes.
The defending premiers opened the scoring in the 9th minute through Daniel Tupou after he was on the receiving end of some good lead up work from James Maloney and Aiden Guerra to score out in the corner and after the conversion they lead 6-0.
The Roosters continued with the attacking pressure and then in the 19th minute Daniel Tupou was again on the end of some good lead up work from his Roosters teammates.
The game became an arm-wrestle with never side being able to land a blow on their opponents with several near misses and quite a few mistakes taking the shine off some of the high quality skills shown earlier in the half.
James Maloney extended the Roosters lead five before the break when the Raiders defence opened up and let James Maloney race through to score under the posts to extend the lead out to 18-0 at the half time break.
The Second half was a messy affair with a lot of half chances being created however neither side were able to capitalise on these chances.
The Raiders then got the transitory feeling that a comeback was possible when Jack Wighton scored out wide in the corner and then soon after Paul Vaughan crossed over for his try though did need the Video Referee to overturn the onfield decision.
That was the end of the try scoring for the night but right on full time James Maloney slotted a penalty goal to extend the Roosters winning margin out to 14 and made the score 26-12.
Next weekend, the Roosters will travel down to Melbourne for a Sunday afternoon clash at AAMI Park meanwhile the Raiders are back at GIO Stadium for a Monday night clash with the Brisbane Broncos.
Canberra Raiders out on the field at Allianz Stadium
The Sydney Roosters are out onto to the field at Allianz Stadium sporting Pink and Blue boots
Play underway at Allianz Stadium, Roosters have the first possession defending the Northern (Sydney) End of Allianz Stadium
2: Josh McCrone puts a kick in on the fourth tackle that bounces awkwardly for Anthony Minichello but fortunately goes dead for Mini
5: A good kick from Mitchell Pearce on the last takes the pressure off the Roosters and the Raiders have a scrum on their own 10m line
6: PENALTY RAIDERS - Aiden Guerra is penalised for the Roosters after being ruled to have made a second effort in the tackle
8: Daniel Tupou makes a break down the eastern touchline but is caught short of the 20m line
9: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Daniel Tupou. Kick to come.
Daniel Tupou scores in the South-Eastern corner for the Roosters after an excellent kick from James Maloney and tapback by Aiden Guerra to send the ball out to Daniel Tupou to score
15: PENALTY RAIDERS - James Maloney is penalised for pushing the man playing the ball back down
21: PENALTY ROOSTERS - Roosters get their second penalty of the match after the Raiders are ruled to be offside
25: Apologies for the confusion everyone, correct score is 12-0 NOT 16-0, a few technical problems on that one
33: PENALTY RAIDERS - Roosters drop the ball over the line again but the Roosters are penalised for being offside from the scrum
35: Jack Wighton puts a kick in and finds touch 8m out from the Roosters line
37: PENALTY ROOSTERS - A late tackle penalty helps the Roosters up field with the Raiders penalised for a strip
38: SBW puts his NBA impression on and is equally matched by Paul Vaughan who puts a basketball like steal on the offload
40: Half Time At Allianz Stadium and its the Roosters leading 18-0
42: Play underway in the Second Half with the Raiders taking the first possession of the half
43: Josh McCrone puts the ball out on the field and gives good field position to the Roosters
48: Some scratchy yet dangerous looking last tackle play causes some pressure on the Roosters however Daniel Tupou cleans it up
53: Shannon Boyd off the field undergoing the concussion test
55: PENALTY ROOSTERS - Raiders penalised for a second effort in the tackle, Penalty count now 5-3
56: Some messy play from the tap for the Roosters is luckily cleaned up and they are attacking on the Raiders line
60: A bit of push and shove between the two Shaun's - Gerard Sutton needs to tell them to calm down but nothing more from it
63: The Raiders put a spiralling bomb up high but Anthony Minichello goes high and catches it and then streaks away before the ball ends up in touch about 35m out from the Raiders line
73: VIDEO REFEREE: Gerard Sutton needs his brother Bernard to have a look at this one, On field decision is NO TRY
77: Posession being swapped over like its not a wanted thing, both sides given each other the ball
79: Josh McCrone throws a long pass that ends up bouncing to the touch judge on the Eastern side
80: PENALTY ROOSTERS - Roosters get a penalty right on full time and will take the two