Lui the star as Tigers prove too good for Roosters

It was not long ago that Tigers halfback Robert Lui was close to missing out on the entire season, and even his career following assault charges last year.

Despite that however, the young halfback has bounced back, and made a huge statement to Tigers coach Tim Sheens as if to say, the halfback spot is mine, and I’m here to stay.

With Tim Moltzen, who is returning from a knee injury in 2011 breathing down his neck, Lui knew that he had to deliver, and he did just that.

It was his deft skills with the ball that set up tries to Robbie Farah and Liam Fulton, before his own individual brilliance got him in the scoresheet, as he overshadowed his more renowned team-mates in Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall.

The 19-8 win gave the Tigers their first Foundation Cup win in five attempts.

The Roosters seemed to miss the skill of Todd Carney, as he deals with another alcoholic setback, one that might just derail his NRL career.

There were a mountain of penalties in the first half, in light of the rule changes put in place by the NRL, and this game was no different.

Nate Myles may find himself in trouble with the NRL Match Review Committee, after a dangerous lifting tackle resulted in young Tigers player Wade McKinley landing on his head.

Lui was praised by Tigers stalwart Robbie Farah, and hopes that performance happens more often for the young halfback.

“For me he was best on ground tonight,” Farah said.

“He’s real dangerous when he takes the line on, he’s really quick and he’s pretty powerful for a halfback as well – if he can keep playing like that we’ll be real happy with him.

“Obviously after last week (trial loss to Parramatta) we were pretty disappointed in the way we played and we expect better than that from each other.

“We knew this week was important – not the win but the performance heading into round one.”

Following their loss, Roosters coach Brian Smith acknowledges that his side has work to do before Rd 1, but hopes that this loss is gone from the minds of players as soon as possible.

“I hope that’s well below our best,” Smith said.

“I’m not too worried about what (the problem) was, it’s what we do about it that matters – we’ve got 12 days left to get our stuff together.”

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