For a while, it looked like the Tigers were going to stay in the contest and give the Roosters a run for their money. As time wore on, however, the Sydney Roosters ran riot and blew the Wests Tigers off the park in the second half, winning 56-14.
Trailing just 14-6 at the break, the Tigers would have fancied themselves but it was not to be, as a stern talking to by coach Trent Robinson – one that galvanised the Roosters – saw them fire on all cylinders and dominate the game from there on out.
It was class galore from the Roosters as several players grabbed two tries, with the Roosters edging one step closer to the minor premiership.
There was one sour note for the Roosters, though, with prop Luke O’Donnell put on report for a dangerous tackle – one that he might be in trouble for.
Such was the nature of the win and the depth of his squad, Robinson was able to take Sonny Bill Williams off and give him a breather, with the coach pleased with his side’s second-half response.
“We lacked a bit of composure in the first half but the boys got it back on track in the second half and did a good Buy Cialis job,” Robinson said.
“He (Williams) had 65 minutes and been out for a couple of weeks and I think he’ll get enough footy over the next few weeks.”
Whilst Robinson believes that the O’Donnell tackle was not intentional, he agrees that it does not look good for the prop forward.
“It’s obviously spectacular … but it was like a swinging arm that missed,” Robinson said.
Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter held a similar view.
“It was unusual and I think there was a bit of momentum there,” Potter said.
“It was obviously dangerous but I don’t think there was intent there and it was probably good he didn’t stop halfway through.”
It was a game of two halves for the Tigers and whilst he was pleased with his side’s first-half effort, Potter admits they were torn to pieces by a rampant Roosters side in the second.
“I was encouraged by what we did in the first half and we took it to them,” he said.
“But in the second half there was a period there where it was a disaster.
“They have some strike all around the park and you can’t take your eye of them for a second.”
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