They were pinged as cellar dwellars to the start the season, but the Sydney Roosters have shown that they can play good footy when required – upsetting the much fancied Warriors side at Allianz Stadium.
The Roosters move into the top eight, with their 26-8 victory, whilst the Warriors have now suffered their third loss of the year, after a ratherÂ uncharacteristicÂ display from them.
Anthony Mitchell, who started at hooker for the clash, produced some Billy Slater-esque action, and scored a wonderful try late in the game for the Roosters.
It was some clinical finishing from the Roosters that got them over the line, as well as the experience from their stalwarts in Braith Anasta and Anthony Minichello, that helped the Roosters win.
For the Warriors, it was just not the performance you expect from them – with some poor structural plays, as well as silly errors in their own territory, that the Roosters capitalised on.
The only sour note for the Roosters, was Jared Waerea-Hargreaves put on report for a high tackle, one that Roosters coach Brian Smith thought was ridiculous.
“A high shot? I thought (it) was what you’d call powderpuff,” Smith said.
“I was embarrassed for the rules in our game did what that young man had to do to feign … it appeared to me he wasn’t really badly injured … but they get two interchanges out of it because the refs put him on report.
“It’s a loophole in the system, but I’m not blaming anybody for it. Our guys probably would’ve done the same thing.”
Warriors coach Brian McClennan was disappointed with the way his side played, and said that any team that allows 60% possession to the opposition, is bound to lose the game.
“We were very shaky at the start and coughed up a lot of ball and put loads of pressure on ourself,” he said.
“We hold our hands up, we were poor in those standards.
“… If our boys had that amount of ball, I’m sure we would’ve got the money.”