Departing Manly coach Geoff Toovey has ruffled the Sydney Roosters’ feathers just a week out from the finals, questioning whether they have the strike power to win the NRL title.
The Roosters claimed their 12th straight win and third consecutive minor premiership with a 30-0 thumping of South Sydney on Friday night, but Toovey said he was not convinced.
Despite Trent Robinson’s team finishing the season with the best record, having notched 591 points in 24 matches, Toovey used his final press conference to question whether the tri-colours had the attacking spark to win their second title in three years.
The Roosters’ defeated Toovey’s Manly side in the 2013 grand final but he is yet to be convinced they have enough points in them to repeat the feat.
While he lauded them for their depth and execution, he said they lacked an attacking x-factor outside of fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
“Everyone talks about the Roosters, they’re a quality side, they’ve got great depth, they’ve got a great roster,” Toovey said.
“They’re very clinical about what they do. They go about their job very well.
“Apart from (Tuivasa-Sheck), there’s not too many x-factors there.
“I think North Queensland, if they can match them in that consistency, then I think they’ve got a little bit more x-factor.
“But it is finals football and as we know from the past, anything can happen.”