Roosters move to first with win over Souths

By Steve Zemek, Steve Zemek is a Roar Guru

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    Sydney Roosters have jumped to the top of the NRL ladder with a gutsy 18-14 win over arch-rivals South Sydney.

    The Roosters proved their premiership credentials on Friday night with a win built on staunch defence as Souths dominated field position but couldn’t deliver the killer blow.

    Both sides suffered casualties, with Souths fullback Alex Johnson leaving the field after two-and-a-half minutes with a hamstring injury in front of 26,331 fans at ANZ Stadium.

    While his Roosters opposite James Tedesco missed the last 12 minutes due to a head knock after copping friendly fire from Latrell Mitchell.

    Sam Burgess had a shocker, making five errors from 20 carries, including dropping it with his side on the attack with less than three minutes to go.

    The result sees Trent Robinson’s side jump ahead of Souths but Melbourne have a chance to regain the competition lead when they take on Cronulla on Sunday.

    When the Roosters went the length of the field in three plays for Joseph Manu to touch down in the right-hand corner, they had a six-point advantage 13 minutes after halftime.

    A Mitchell penalty put Roosters in front by eight and ultimately Souths couldn’t run them down.

    The hosts set up a grandstand finish when Braidon Burns flicked a pass behind his back for Hymel Hunt to cross and peel their deficit back to four with 15 on the clock.

    However, the Roosters held firm to prove they’re the real deal.

    Souths halfback Adam Reynolds appeared to carry a leg injury and made five errors in what was a forgettable performance.

    When asked if his side were now premiership favourites, Robinson said: “No.

    “It can’t change within a night. We haven’t been there all year.

    “And it’s insignificant as well. It’s changed three weeks in a row. Within eight days we’ve had three (competition favourites).”

    Seibold said it was unclear how long Johnston would be out for but admitted his side were battling with injuries in their outside backs.

    “We’re a little bit under the pump at the moment with Greg Inglis and Rob Jennings and Campbell Graham all injured and now Alex,” Seibold said.

    “Adam Doueihi is included as well, he’s out for the year. I was really happy with our depth.

    “(Fill-in fullback Dane Gagai) hasn’t done any reps the whole season at fullback. Young Tyrell Fuimaono, we pulled him up two days ago, hasn’t trained with us for months, for him to do a good job like he did on Latrell Mitchell. You guys like at the result, I look at the effort.”

    Skipper Inglis is expected to return from a broken thumb against Brisbane next week but Seibold said he was no certainty.

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    • Roar Rookie

      August 11th 2018 @ 10:59am
      steveng said | August 11th 2018 @ 10:59am | ! Report

      I wouldn’t say that the Roosters are ‘premiership credentials’ beating the Bunnies, that was not the full Bunnies side and it most certainly wasn’t the Bunnies side that beat the Storm, the week before. Even with all the outs that we had GI, Johnston, Jennings, Doueihi and Graham the Roosters just beat us. There is still allot of footy to be played before the GF and the Bunnies can’t afford to have any more injuries, at this time of the season.

      • August 11th 2018 @ 11:08am
        JN said | August 11th 2018 @ 11:08am | ! Report

        roosters were pretty poor. Too many errors and penalties meant that they couldnt build any pressure in attack. with that said, without luke keary and a forward as their five-eighth, the roosters still won, mainly due to our defence. Cut down the errors and the penalties and i reakon the roosters would have put a big score on the scoreboard

      • August 11th 2018 @ 11:19am
        Roy said | August 11th 2018 @ 11:19am | ! Report

        Souths fans are delusional. It will be a Roosters Storm GF.

    • Roar Rookie

      August 11th 2018 @ 12:04pm
      3_Hats SSTID 2014 said | August 11th 2018 @ 12:04pm | ! Report

      Roosters are a real pathetic club if they can only win by 4 points considering that GI, Jennings, Graham, Doueihi were all out plus AJ went off after only 2 minutes.

      The Scum had 1 player out!

      Ask yourself this question
      How would the scum go if they had Tedesco, Mitchell, Ferguson and Tapou all out injured?

      That is the equivalent of the players Souths had out.

      2 trys each with only 2 Penalty goals being the difference.

      NOT a glaring endorsement for the Rorts at all.

      Bring on September and a full strength Rabbitohs outfit and we can all judge then!

      • August 11th 2018 @ 7:14pm
        christos sintos said | August 11th 2018 @ 7:14pm | ! Report

        Sooo….now it`s alright to call our oponents “Scum“ or this is reserved just for the Roosters???

      • August 12th 2018 @ 12:02am
        Barry said | August 12th 2018 @ 12:02am | ! Report

        you lost even though the Roosters were very poor and the refs kept you in the game as well – no one likes your grubby club or you leader crowbar

      • August 12th 2018 @ 12:12am
        Barry said | August 12th 2018 @ 12:12am | ! Report

        who cares you play with who you have and against who they have – bit like saying oh I would have won lotto/powerball etc if I purchased a ticket

      • August 12th 2018 @ 8:44am
        Pickett said | August 12th 2018 @ 8:44am | ! Report

        3 Teef,
        Losers make excuses
        Winners make love to the prom queen

      • August 12th 2018 @ 8:44pm
        JN said | August 12th 2018 @ 8:44pm | ! Report

        3 hats, i can understand why your profile states that your a rookie, as 95% of the comments you make are coming from the mind of a deluded souths fan, Plus, ‘the scum’ is a really bad nickname for the roosters. i mean come on. South Sydney Rabbidopes supporters just constantly whinge. tsk tsk tsk

    • August 11th 2018 @ 12:53pm
      Worlds Biggest said | August 11th 2018 @ 12:53pm | ! Report

      Souths had 5 backs out and had to overcome a horrendous game from Sammy, yet they still came within earshot of winning. That shows real ticker and character. Souths will take a lot out of that effort, no team would overcome 5 backs being out. T Burgess was immense and Murray was everywhere in defence. The Chooks won this battle however the war is still be won !

    • August 11th 2018 @ 1:20pm
      Ja ja klazo said | August 11th 2018 @ 1:20pm | ! Report

      South Sydney fans are hilarious. Who cares how much Easts won by? They won, and it was on the back of excellent defence. Mitchell was kept quiet, chances are that won’t be the case next week. Especially when roosters have their energiser bunny back. Talk all you like about the players you had out, it’s rugby league – injuries happen. Hopefully we get round 3 on the last day of September, wouldnt that be a spectacle!

      • August 11th 2018 @ 1:42pm
        Steve Fass said | August 11th 2018 @ 1:42pm | ! Report

        Back of defence?
        2 tries each I believe so stop mimicking the nine network suck ups Gould, Fittler and Johns.

        • August 11th 2018 @ 3:24pm
          Mushi said | August 11th 2018 @ 3:24pm | ! Report

          Who watches channel 9?

          Forgot, Souths fans can’t get foxtel…

          • Roar Rookie

            August 11th 2018 @ 3:38pm
            steveng said | August 11th 2018 @ 3:38pm | ! Report

            Firstly, you are a ‘Clown Mushi, that is very offensive and uncalled for!!! Secondly, who watches the footy on Fox and Ch9? Ohh it must be you, listen I’ve lived in the Eastern Suburbs all my life and I have properties in Bellevue Hill, Bondi but, your comment is most certainly uncalled for and very offensive!!! Listen, watching and listening to the clowns on Ch9 Gould, Johns and Fittler who are all Worsters is absolutely punishing, as they continually rabble on about the Worsters, don’t know why? What a bunch of clowns, this is especially Gould and his antics today, don’t talk about Fittler, he was a Panthers player and he goes for the Roosters? Figure that one out? Listen ‘Mushi’ all us Bunnies fans were there at the game, we don’t need the poor excuses of a telecast from Fox and Ch9 lol

            • August 11th 2018 @ 8:08pm
              JimboJones said | August 11th 2018 @ 8:08pm | ! Report

              Tissue old boy ?????

            • August 12th 2018 @ 12:06am
              Barry said | August 12th 2018 @ 12:06am | ! Report

              you rent a studio flat in Redfern as no vermin supporters work to own anything – just look at vermin supporters teeth they don’t have many- a night out in Redfern is a meat pie /chips and a can of fanta

    • August 11th 2018 @ 4:08pm
      Worlds Biggest said | August 11th 2018 @ 4:08pm | ! Report

      Bunnies fan here and happy Fox subscriber, can’t stand the gibberers at Ch 9. Only Sterlo holds his own, the rest are dross. Gould is a miserably sod, Rabs should be on the golf course whilst Joey and Freddy roam the sideline like there on a con tiki tour.

    • August 11th 2018 @ 5:55pm
      Brendon said | August 11th 2018 @ 5:55pm | ! Report

      Neutral supporter here, was a good game, exciting to the last minute.

      South fans, I’d be worries about GI coming back, he is a leader on the field but right now the bunnies are going strong and I reckon he’d be detrimental (similar to Thurston at the Cowboys). So his omission may not be a bad thing…

      And just a note, first try to the bunnies, should have been an obstruction. Burgess stopped the roosters player by stopping in the line. Not sure why it wasn’t.

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