A Roosters win was perhaps expected by many but certainly not to the magnitude of the final result, as the Sydney Roosters eased to victory on the back of a solid display by the returning James Maloney from an eye socket injury.
Starring in the Roosters dominant performance, Maloney was a catalyst in the 6-try rout as the Roosters recorded their fourth shut-out of the season, this time winning 36-0.
With injury hitting their side at inopportune times, the Dragons had their own chances to score and capitalise, but were instead left to lament poor kicking and impatience, something coach Steve Price knows has to improve.
“We need to have a good look at ourselves,” Price said.
“I think the bye has come at a good time.
“The boys get away and clear their heads and get back to training and strip it back and get back to basics and simplify it.
“I told the boys where to buy electronic cigarettes we are going through a bit of a difficult time.
“It’s all about hanging tough now and supporting each other.”
The win came on the back of solid Roosters play, and even a slight hamstring twinge for Sonny Bill Williams was not enough to stop the Roosters from running rampant.
Despite the win, though, Maloney believes there is still areas to improve on.
“It was a pretty pleasing scoreboard, but there’s still plenty we can work on,” Maloney said.
What impressed Roosters coach Trent Robinson more than the 36-point win, was his side keeping the opposition scoreless.
“We want to be able to score tries when we get the opportunities, but I think we’ve talked about the way that we want to base our team and it’s really pleasing to have the zero,” Robinson said.
“The longer the (second) half went, the more we focused on it.”
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