Defence a key factor as Roosters defeat Manly

Jamie Lyon

Under some pressure of late and with the odds at times, up against them, the Sydney Roosters have put on a solid defensive display to outclass the Manly Sea Eagles, winning 18-12 at Allianz Stadium last night.

Just last week, the Sydney Roosters were minus their Origin stars and grinded out a win and in this game, without half James Maloney, it was another solid win for the Roosters as their defence shone through.

The Roosters finished the game with just two reserves, after both Daniel Mortimer and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck went off due to concussion, as the world’s biggest five-eighth in Sonny Bill Williams once again played out of his skin.

There was a moment of controversy, though, when Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves claimed he had been taken high by JUstin Horo with the Roosters then delaying a scrum long enough to allow the video referee to look at the instance, before he gave them a penalty.

For Manly coach Geoff Toovey, that decision left him dumbfounded, especially when he felt there should have been a similar penalty for Buy Cialis Manly when Brett Stewart was taken in the air from a kick.

“If they are going to do it once, then bring it in,” Toovey said of the video referee intervening.

“It’s either in or it’s out.”

Manly captain Jamie Lyon also had his say, believing that referees can at times, have too much influence on a game.

“I think so, on occasions like that when you (the referee) are a metre or two away,” said Lyon.

“I think he’s been refereeing enough now to make a decision like that on the spot.”

The Roosters win moves them into 2nd position, one that Trent Robinson lauded for his side’s sturdy defence in the first half.

“It’s hard, you don’t want those sets but you get a gauge on where you’re at after those eight sets defensively whether you’re on or not,” Robinson said.

“You can often feel in the first 20 minutes whether you are defending well for the night and that certainly gave us a good gauge.”

3. Jamie Lyon
2. George Rose
1. Sonny Bill Williams

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