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A welcome return for Todd Carney scoring two tries in a 16 point haul, in the Roosters comprehensive 36-6 victory over the Canberra Raiders tonight.
The Roosters have completely dominated a hapless Canberra side from start to finish. Roosters opened their account through winger Anthony Minichiello after ten minutes and adding two extra tries through a dart from dummy half to Shaun Kenny-Dowall and former Raider Todd Carney to make it 18-0 at halftime.
Carney continued the rout in the second half, scoring his second try after some lovely hands from Aiden Guerra and Mitchell Pearce. He slotted the conversion making his tally 16 for the night before he went off with a rib injury. Canberra who were their own worst enemy on the night, with dropped ball and penalties killing any chance they had after Terry Campese put in a kick for himself and it rebounded into the hands of Joel Thompson for Canberra's only try.
Nick Kouparitsas scored a rare try after a Mitchell Aubusson break, with Braith Anasta stepping up to kicking duties in Carney's abense and kicking both of his attempts. Forwards Nate Myles and Jason Ryles both had great games, leading the hit up and tackle stats in a night of attacking football.
Canberra have some injury concerns after Josh McCrone left the field before halftime and Joe Picker had a nasty head clash with Jarrod Croker. David Shillington will have a nervous wait at the judicary after being put on report for a high shot on Jared Waerea-Hargreaves. They host South Sydney at home next week while the Roosters have the traditional ANZAC day fixture against a table topping St George Illawarra Dragons.
Sydney Roosters 36 defeated Canberra Raiders 6
National Rugby League - NRL - Round 6 - Saturday April 17, 2010 7:30pm
Venue: Sydney Football Stadium
Referee: Steve Lyons and Matt Cecchin
Video Referee: Russell Smith
Touch Judges: Daniel Eastwood and Adam Reid
Halftime: Sydney Roosters 18 Canberra Raiders 0
SYDNEY ROOSTERS (36)
Tries: Todd Carney (2), Anthony Minichiello, Nick Kouparitsas, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Frank-Paul Nuuausala
Conversions: Todd Carney (4/4), Braith Anasta (2/2)
CANBERRA RAIDERS (6)
Tries: Joel Thompson
Conversions: Terry Campese (1/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Welcome to a cool Sydney Football Stadium for tonight's clash between the Sydney Roosters and the Canberra Raiders.
There was a thriller earlier in the u20's with Canberra winning with a late field goal 25-24.
CANBERRA RAIDERS 25 (tries: Matthew McIlwrick, Sean Loxley, Drury Low and Sam Williams conversions: Sam Williams 4/4 field goals: Sam Williams 1/1) def. SYDNEY ROOSTERS 24 (tries: Olireti Samuela 2, Tom Pelo and Isaac Maliota. Conversions: Brad Murray 4/4)
Two changes for Canberra with Shaun Fenson out with a back injury replaced with Josh Miller and Dane Tilse starting, with Scott Logan going onto the bench. One change for the Roosters with Sam Brunton coming in for Ben Jones on the bench.
1 min: Campese gets us underway for tonight's clash.
3 min: Braith Anasta with a bad last tackle option, kicking it out on the full. Dane Tilse just gives it back by dropping the pill.
5 min: Dugan saves the day for Canberra off an early kick for Minichiello.
7 min: Mitchell Pearce with a dud of a last tackle option but Canberra fail to capitalise, dropping it again.
9 min: Possible Roosters try..
10 min: TRY
It's a try, Anthony Minichiello flys past Dugan who was willing the ball dead and he scores! Todd Carney with a lovely conversion.
Sydney Roosters 6-0
13 min: TRY
Off the kick-off, the Roosters march downfield but Mitchell Aubusson is tackled. From the play the ball, Kenny-Dowall sprints, dummies and scores! Todd Carney adds the extras.
Sydney Roosters 12-0
16 min: Roosters make their first error after mucking up the play the ball.
18 min: Repeat set Raiders following a nice kick into the in goal by Campese.
19 min: Mitchell Pearce runs out of the line and puts pressure on McCrone, who throws a sloppy pass dropped by Tongue.
20 min: Roosters fail to kick on last after Pearce gets a bad pass and drops the pill. Raiders continue their dropsies, with Picker dropping it on first.
22 min: Another attempt to replicate the Cronk pass but this time to Carney but it went forward.
24 min: Some nice darts here by the backs with a run by Vidot earning a penalty and some backchat from Ryles earns them another ten.
25 min: Great pass by Campese to Croker who flicks it out to Stuart but he drops it.
27 min: Penalty for working the player gets the Roosters out of their own end, with Sam Brunton on for his debut.
27 min: Possible try to Todd Carney..
29 min: TRY
Roosters again roll down the field and off the quick play the ball, Carney beats a forward and scores. Carney slots the easy conversion again.
Sydney Roosters 18-0
30 min: Nasty clash between Pearce and Dugan, leaving both hurt and Pearce bleeding.
32 min: Raiders get a penalty after tackling Vidot in mid-air.
34 min: Mitchell Pearce with a lovely kick for a 40/20.
35 min: Anthony Minichiello wastes a good attacking opportunity dropping the ball from a Graham pass.
37 min: Shaun Kenny-Dowall makes a break down the touchline but he throws an awful pass and it goes forward.
38 min: Raiders finally get a roll on downfield but Phil Graham has the nous to bat the ball down. Mitchell Pearce is down again after getting a heel in the face.
38 min: Canberra refuse to finish a set, Joe Picker just really hands it to the Roosters who accept and recieve a penalty.
39 min: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves runs the ball and is whacked across the nose by David Shillington who is put on report while Waerea-Hargreaves is treated to. Penalty Roosters who elect to tap the ball.
40 min: Kenny-Dowall is hit with a good tackle which dislodges the ball and gives the Raiders a scrum and a final attacking opportunity. They try a chip and chase but it's defused and it's halftime.
41 min: Braith Anasta gets the second half underway.
42 min: Todd Carney is in some discomfort after a tackle, clutching at his ribs. On 5th the Roosters get a penalty for the Raiders not being back ten.
44 min: First penalty for the Raiders in the second stanza.
45 min: Canberra waste their first attacking opportunity of the second half and compound it with a high tackle penalty.
48 min: TRY
Todd Carney gets his double after some magical hands from Guerra to Pearce who gives it to Carney to finish it off and score. Carney continues a perfect night with the boot, slotting this one too.
Sydney Roosters 24-0
50 min: Good kick chase by the Roosters here but they lifted James Stuart and Canberra get a penalty.
52 min: After his 16 point haul, Todd Carney is off and straight up the tunnel.
54 min: Canberra run it on the last with the frontrowers but spill it.
55 min: Sam Brunton strips the ball and the referee see's it and calls a penalty.
57 min: A rare repeat set for the Raiders off a dinky kick from Alan Tongue.
59 min: TRY
Terry Campese kicks for himself and Minichiello kicks it away but it goes straight into the hands of Joel Thompson who accepts and gets Canberra's first points. Campese adds the extras.
Sydney Roosters 24-6
62 min: Adam Mogg tries a chip on last but it's gathered by the Roosters and Phil Graham is hit high and duly gets the penalty.
64 min: Shanu Kenny-Dowall shows his strength beating several defenders but tries a kick for Perret which goes dead.
67 min: Terry Campese gives Canberra some hope with a kick and chase that gives them a repeat set.
68 min: Josh Miller just exemplifies the Raiders night, dropping it off some heavy contact again.
70 min: Second effort gives Canberra a reprieve from their own end.
71 min: Adam Mogg chases his own kick after a rebound and traps Minichiello in goal.
73 min: A terrible set with a terrible end, Phil Graham takes the easy mark in goal.
75 min: TRY
Mitchell Aubusson takes a good pass from Pearce, initally runs away from the support but gives it to Kouparitsas who scores a rare try for himself. Braith Anasta gets his first shot at goal and converts.
Sydney Roosters 30-6
75 min: After a nasty head clash with Jarrod Croker, Joe Picker is very groggy and assisted from the field.
76 min: Silly penalty from Leyroyd Lars who strips it in full view of the referee.
77 min: Possible Rooster try to Frank Paul.
78 min: TRY
Roosters just all over the Raiders after a huge fight for the ball, Frank-Paul Nuuausala comes up with it and scores. Braith Anasta keeps his record perfect for the night.
Sydney Roosters 36-6
79 min: Josh Dugan defuses a chip kick with some big boppers running through.
80 min: Last tackle shambles again by Canberra, just handing it to the Roosters. They knock it on and the siren sounds to end the Raiders misery.