He suffered a shocking injury that kept him out for quite some time, but it was the young boom forward in Anthony Cherrington, that was the star, as the Roosters triumphed over an Ipswich Jets outfit that showed heart.
In what was mainly a second-string side, Cherrington was eager to get back on the paddock and perform well, as he aimed to test out his reconstructed knee from the previous year.
It was 12 months ago during a trial against the Parramatta Eels that Cherrington ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, side-lining him for the entire 2010 season.
A vocal home crowd of 4500 willed their Jets team all the way, and they put up a brave fight in the end, but fell just short.
In the hot and humid conditions, the game was played in 4 quarters to avoid player burnout, with the scores locked at 12-all at half-time.
It was the Roosters fitness that got them home in this one, with Steve Naughton, Ethan Lowe and Riley Jacks all playing well, and impressing Roosters coach Brian Smith.