Jamie Lyon

Sometimes it is your day, and other times it is not – and for the Sydney Roosters, it was not their day, as they were demolished 52-14 by a rampant Sea Eagles side at Allianz Stadium this afternoon.

It was however Manly’s night, as they were led by the returning Tony Williams, who had a strong game leading up to Origin for the club.

“He didn’t train with us until yesterday and we had to wait until this morning to see how he pulled up,” Toovey said.

“If you have a valuable player like Tony Williams then you have to play him as quickly as you can.

“He got cleared by our medical staff who’ve worked tirelessly with him over the last few weeks.”

The only key now, is that Williams is not re-injured in Origin 3, given his return this afternoon.

“Touch wood he doesn’t get injured again in State of Origin,” Toovey said.

“I am not concerned about Origin at all. I am concerned about the Manly football club and, more importantly, a players’ welfare. I would never risk him if he was still injured.”

Although he was full of praise of the effort by his senior players, Manly coach Geoff Toovey was disappointed at how his side let the Roosters back into the game at one stage.

“It was a frustrating game for me to watch in the sense that we dominated for periods, but we made a few mistakes and let them back into the match,” he said.

For Roosters coach Brian Smith, he knows that it was a tough day at the office, praising the Sea Eagles side, and knowing that his team was up against it – being down by 24 points after just 30 minutes.

“It was like almost we got punished for six points every time we didn’t do our stuff,” Smith said.

“But as bad as we were in our communication and decision making, I can’t help but admire what Manly did today.

“Execution-wise they were almost faultless … they were right on the money for everything that came to them and created plenty.

“They were too good for us and we’re hurting pretty badly.”

By ricky

2 thoughts on “Roosters obliterated by rampant Manly”
  1. As a Roosters fan I was totaly & utterly embaressed today. I understand we don’t have the line up/experience to win the comp this season. But we should atleast be in the top 8. Brian Smith has had enough of a chance, we need a coach that will make the players responsible for their performances & stop making excuses for them. Bring in a new coach, now please before we “win” another wooden spoon.

  2. I guess all teams have some games like that, Eyad – that’s just the nature of the NRL.
    Smith has always been more of a Coaching Director type person, rather than an actual coach itself – but on the whole, he’s done well to bring in a lot of the team’s talented young players, so he’s put them in good stead for the future.

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