Roosters Too Good In Scrappy Affair

The Sydney Roosters have scored a scrappy yet comfortable 26-12 win over the Canberra Raiders in front of just over 11,000 fans at Allianz Stadium.

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.

It was until Daniel Tupou flew high over the Raiders defenders to score and plant the ball down for his third try of the match and after James Maloney's conversion the Roosters lead 24-0.

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.


Match Details
Sydney Roosters 26 Canberra Raiders 12
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Crowd: 11815
Halftime Score: Sydney Roosters 18 Canberra Raiders 0

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Daniel Tupou
2 points - James Maloney
1 point - Anthony Minichiello

SYDNEY ROOSTERS (26)
Tries: Daniel Tupou (3), James Maloney
Field Goals: Mitchell Pearce (0/1)
Conversions: James Maloney (4/4)
Penalty Goals: James Maloney (1/1)

CANBERRA RAIDERS (12)
Tries: Jack Wighton, Paul Vaughan
Field Goals:
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (2/2)
Penalty Goals:


LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

TEAM CHANGES: Trent Robinson has kept his side as 1-17, meanwhile the Raiders have 1 change with Shannon Boyd in jersey 19 replacing Joel Edwards

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

3: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck makes an unforced error.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck makes an error off a SKD pass inside their own half

3: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Jack Wighton makes an unforced error.

Jack Wighton comes up with a mistake after a good low tackle from Michael Jennings

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

11: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.

James Maloney starts the kick out to the right and fades it back nicely to go inside the uprights

15: PENALTY RAIDERS - James Maloney is penalised for pushing the man playing the ball back down

16: Terry Campese goes high with the kick but Michael Jennings takes it easily ingoal and races to the 20m for the tap

19: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Daniel Tupou. Kick to come.

Daniel Tupou gets try number two for the night after some great work in the set up

20: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.

James Maloney sends this one out to the left a bit more but it still goes through the posts

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

28: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Anthony Milford makes an unforced error.

Anthony Milford can't get the ball cleanly on the bomb and it gives the Raiders another set of six to defend

29: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Shaun Kenny-Dowall makes an unforced error.

Shaun Kenny-Dowall tries to get an offload away on the first and gives possession away

31: Glen Buttriss gets a kick away from dummy half but goes straight down the throat of Daniel Tupou

32: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Josh McCrone makes an unforced error.

Josh McCrone loses the ball trying to clean up a kick that Reece Robinson dropped backwards

33: PENALTY RAIDERS - Roosters drop the ball over the line again but the Roosters are penalised for being offside from the scrum

34: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by James Maloney. Kick to come.

Mitchell Pearce goes to James Maloney who dummies and goes throw a gap and bring the ball round behind the posts to score

34: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.

James Maloney converts his own try from in front

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

44: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck puts a kick in that Anthony Milford juggles before taking it

48: Some scratchy yet dangerous looking last tackle play causes some pressure on the Roosters however Daniel Tupou cleans it up

50: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Josh McCrone makes an unforced error.

Josh McCrone beats a couple of Roosters players before dropping the ball

53: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Shaun Kenny-Dowall makes an unforced error.

Shaun Kenny-Dowall loses the ball in the air and the Raiders get the handover

53: Shannon Boyd off the field undergoing the concussion test

55: Some clever work from Jake Friend catches Anthony Milford out of position and James Maloney beats him to the ball before Mitchell Pearce is caught with the ball

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

57: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Daniel Tupou. Kick to come.

Tupou or Threepou? Daniel Tupou leaps over the Raiders defenders and score the try out in the corner

59: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.

James Maloney slots another beautiful conversion from outwide to extend the lead

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

65: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Jack Wighton. Kick to come.

Some good attack from the Raiders sees Jack Wighton score in the south-western corner

66: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANBERRA RAIDERS
Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.

Jarrod Croker converts it from the sideline

72: Sam Moa crossed the line but a forward pass was signalled by Gerard Sutton and not a knock on as most people are being made to believe

73: VIDEO REFEREE: Gerard Sutton needs his brother Bernard to have a look at this one, On field decision is NO TRY

74: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Paul Vaughan. Kick to come.

Paul Vaughan barges over and the Video Referee needs just one look to overturn the decision

74: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANBERRA RAIDERS
Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.

Jarrod Croker converts the Paul Vaughan try

76: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Mitch Cornish makes an unforced error.

Anthony Milford goes through a hole but the pass from Mitch Cornish is called forward

77: Posession being swapped over like its not a wanted thing, both sides given each other the ball

78: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Field goal attempt by Mitchell Pearce unsuccessful.

Mitchell Pearce misses the field goal attempt and the Raiders get the 20m restart

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

80: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Penalty goal attempt by James Maloney successful.

James Maloney kicks the penalty goal after the siren to ensure the 13+ margin

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