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Post by willow » Sun 03 Apr, 2011 7:10 pm

Roosters too strong for wounded Tigers - SMH
April 3, 2011 - 5:12PM

Sydney Roosters 24 Wests Tigers 6

Sydney Roosters returned to winning ways in confident fashion on Sunday with a hard-fought 24-6 victory over an under-strength Wests Tigers at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Last year’s beaten grand finalists, who went into the game on the back of two successive defeats, finished with 12-men after Anthony Minichiello was sin-binned with nine minutes remaining, but showed great resilience to hold off a late rally from the visitors.

The Tigers welcomed back second-rower Bryce Gibbs for the first time since round 23 last year, and coach Tim Sheens opted to start Tim Moltzen at halfback with rookie playmaker Jacob Miller dropped to the bench.

Moltzen, who had never tasted defeat playing in the role, almost got his side off to the perfect start in the second minute, latching onto a Benji Marshall offload, following a Wade McKinnon run, but was held up on the line brilliantly by Mitch Aubusson and Joseph Leilua.

The Roosters broke the deadlock through Shaun Kenny-Dowall in the sixth minute, with the Kiwi centre somehow forcing an arm out from underneath a pack of Tigers’ defenders to score.

Giant prop, Martin Kennedy, who enjoyed a tremendous game, then bulldozed his way over for the first try of his career as the Roosters dominated the first half.

Braith Anasta’s penalty just before the interval stretched his side’s lead to 12-0 after Tom Symonds, in for the injured Frank-Paul Nuuausala, was denied a try by the video referee for a knock-on.

The Tigers started the second half well and cut the deficit through giant rookie front-rower Aaron Woods who charged his way to the line, but the Tigers were unable to add to their score due to a combination of poor handling and some committed Roosters defending.

The crowd were out of their seats in the 49th minute when Todd Carney, looking back to his Dally M Medal-winning form, raced downfield and sent referee Tony Archer crashing to the turf, but it wasn’t long before the hosts were in again through Minichiello.

Kennedy embarked on another run, and Leilua did superbly to hand off to the 2005 Golden Boot winner, who dived over for his 103rd try for the club.

Young Queenslander Kennedy then denied Alan Schirnack a try underneath his own posts as the Tigers went desperately in search of points, with Benji Marshall becoming more and more involved in the game.

Despite being down a man after Minichiello was marched by Archer for not letting Robbie Farah play the ball, the Roosters repelled the visitors and then added some gloss to the scoreline when Carney raced home for a try in the final minute, with Anasta adding the extras.


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Post by willow » Sun 03 Apr, 2011 7:11 pm

ROOSTERS BEAT WESTS TIGERS 24-6 IN NRL
By Wayne Cousins, SFS
3/04/2011 4:45:03 PM

Wests Tigers suffered a 24-6 loss to the Sydney Roosters at the Sydney Football Stadium today in round 4 of the Telstra Premiership.

In front of a crowd of 20,479, Wests Tigers fought gallantly but the absence of several key players through injury made it a tough afternoon.
Wests Tigers have a staggering 11 players out of its 33 man NRL squad injured.

Prior to kick-off, Wests Tigers Head Coach Tim Sheens moved centre Tim Moltzen to half-back, leaving debutant Jacob Miller to start from the bench. Geoff Daniela moved off the interchange bench to start at centre.

Chris Heighington moved from lock to second-row with Bryce Gibbs returning from a knee injury to start at lock. Forward Alan Schirnack dropped back to the interchange bench. Jason Schirnack was omitted from the side.

The signs were promising early for Wests Tigers when a short ball by centre Blake Ayshford to full-back Wade McKinnon saw him hit a gap in the 2nd minute before offloading to five-eighth Benji Marshall.

The ball player raced to the 20 metre line before offloading inside to makeshift half-back Tim Moltzen who was tackled just short of the line by winger Joseph ‘BJ’ Leilua. Moltzen lost the ball in trying to plant it over the line in the two man tackle.

The Roosters opened the scoring in the fifth minute when centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall stepped inside by centre Geoff Daniela and Moltzen before slamming the ball down on the line despite the attention of Chris Heighington and McKinnon. Captain and second-rower Braith Anasta failed to convert from the sideline for a 4-0 scoreline.

Sydney Roosters prop Martin Kennedy then used his brute strength to crash through the tackle of Wests Tigers captain and hooker Robbie Farah to score next to the posts. Anasta converted the try for a 10-0 lead after 14 minutes.

Video referee Tim Mander was called upon in the 29th minute to rule whether Tom Symonds had grounded the ball from a short grubber kick. It was ruled no try.

Anasta converted a penalty goal in the 35th minute to stretch the lead to 12-0 after Wests Tigers were penalised for holding down the tackled player too long. The score remained that way until half-time.

2nd Half
Wests Tigers started the second half off on the right note when a short pass from dummy half saw rising prop Aaron Woods crashed through the attempted tackle of Anasta to score next to the posts. Marshall converted the try to leave Wests Tigers trailing 12-6 after 46 minutes.

The Roosters went to a 16-6 lead in the 50th minute when full-back Anthony Minichiello scored out wide after receiving an inside pass from Leilua. Anasta converted the try for an 18-6 lead.

Wests Tigers had a good attacking chance in the 63rd minute but the final pass from centre Blake Ayshford to winger Matt Utai went to ground. Jacob Miller entered the field for his NRL debut in the 64th minute, moving straight to half-back.

Minichiello was sent to the sin-bin for a professional foul in the 70th minute, leaving the Roosters to play the final 10 minutes a player short. Daniela was placed on report for a lifting tackle in the 62nd minute.

The Roosters were denied a try in the left corner after winger Justin Carney put his left foot on the sideline in the 63rd minute.

The home side secured victory in the 78th minute when five-eighth Todd Carney raced onto an inside pass from Mitchell Pearce to score a 30 metre try behind the posts. Anasta converted the try for a 24-6 victory.

The loss leaves Wests Tigers on 4 points from two wins from four games. Wests Tigers will now tackle South Sydney Rabbitohs at the Sydney Football Stadium on Friday, April 8, at 7.30pm.

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Post by willow » Sun 03 Apr, 2011 8:29 pm

Roosters too strong for wounded Tigers

Updated April 3, 2011 17:45:00

Sydney Roosters returned to their winning ways in confident fashion on Sunday with a hard-fought 24-6 victory over an under-strength Wests Tigers at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Last year's beaten grand finalists, who went into the game on the back of two successive defeats, finished with 12-men after Anthony Minichiello was sin-binned with nine minutes remaining but showed great resilience to hold off a late rally from the visitors.

Star five-eighth Todd Carney said the Roosters' focus on defence paid off.

"We spoke about that during the week, that every team at the start of the year always sets goals and our goals were [to keep teams] below 14 points," he told Grandstand.

"The best last year was the Dragons and the first few weeks we haven't done that, but we lived up to it today and hopefully that's a bit of a sign for the next few weeks to come.

"We made more mistakes in that first half than we did last week and that's just something we've got to work on.

"We know if we can do that our defence will stick and I think that's what we showed in the second half."

The Tigers welcomed back second-rower Bryce Gibbs for the first time since round 23 last year, and coach Tim Sheens opted to start Tim Moltzen at half-back with rookie playmaker Jacob Miller dropped to the bench.

Moltzen, who had never tasted defeat playing in the role, almost got his side off to the perfect start in the second minute, latching onto a Benji Marshall off-load, following a Wade McKinnon run, but was held up on the line brilliantly by Mitch Aubusson and Joseph Leilua.

The Roosters broke the deadlock through Shaun Kenny-Dowall in the sixth minute, with the Kiwi centre somehow forcing an arm out from underneath a pack of Tigers' defenders to score.

Giant prop Martin Kennedy, who enjoyed a tremendous game, then bulldozed his way over for the first try of his career as the Roosters dominated the first half.

Braith Anasta's penalty just before the interval stretched his side's lead to 12-0 after Tom Symonds, in for the injured Frank-Paul Nuuausala, was denied a try by the video referee for a knock-on.

The Tigers started the second half well and cut the deficit through giant rookie front-rower Aaron Woods who charged his way to the line.

But the Tigers were unable to add to their score due to a combination of poor handling and some committed Roosters defending.

The crowd was out of its seats in the 49th minute when Carney, looking back to his Dally M Medal-winning form, raced downfield and sent referee Tony Archer crashing to the turf, but it was not long before the hosts were in again through Minichiello.

Kennedy embarked on another run and Leilua did superbly to hand off to the 2005 Golden Boot winner, who dived over for his 103rd try for the club.

Young Queenslander Kennedy then denied Alan Schirnack a try underneath his own posts as the Tigers went desperately in search of points, with Marshall becoming more and more involved in the game.

Despite being down a man after Minichiello was marched by Archer for not letting Robbie Farah play the ball, the Roosters repelled the visitors and then added some gloss to the scoreline when Carney raced home for a try in the final minute.

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Post by willow » Mon 04 Apr, 2011 7:31 am

Sydney Roosters beat Wests Tigers in NRL round four
Dean Ritchie From: The Daily Telegraph April 04, 2011 12:00AM

THEY kept turning up for each other yesterday, time and time again. Protecting their tryline with fierce pride and determination. The same defensive resilience which saw them come within 80 minutes of a premiership last season.

The Sydney Roosters set a new defensive standard for this year's campaign yesterday. It made skipper Braith Anasta declare: "Everyone had each others' backs."

It was fascinating watching the Roosters defend yesterday under high pressure from Wests Tigers.

What about these statistics.

The Wests Tigershad a whopping 90 plays at the Roosters in the second half. Of those, 64 were in the Roosters' half and 42 in their 20m zone.

It was a flood of possession but the Roosters scrambled courageously, conceding just one try at the SFS.

They refused to buckle or bend. How many times were the Tigers pulled down just centimetres from the tryline? It must have been a dozen.

The Tigers were poor but will avoid heavy criticism given their injury toll.

Roosters fans walked away convinced their side's defence would again be the backbone of their charge for successive grand final appearances.

"The guys really dug in," Roosters coach Brian Smith said. "They were fantastic given the massive amount of possession they had in the second half.

"I hope that now sets the standard for us [defensively]. Everyone pulled them down an inch or two before the tryline.

"We have done it [defended strongly] in patches this year but it's no good doing it in patches at this level. I was very, very pleased the players did their jobs today. It was a great performance for such a young team."

Anasta was equally satisfied with his side's defence.

"It was a huge effort," Anasta said. "All the boys are feeling it in the dressing room. They are tired and worn out. We didn't let each other down."The Tigers dropped a lot of ball and lacked cohesion, mainly through having to find replacements for five key players.

The Roosters forwards looked big and mobile and will terrorise many sides.

Big Martin Kennedy was impressive and Anasta described his display as "his best by a long way".

Kennedy scored a robust try in the 13th minute to give his side a 10-0 lead.

The Tigers clawed back to 12-6 but the Roosters always seemed in control, despite fullback Anthony Minichiello being sin-binned in the 71st minute.

A try to Todd Carney from a neat set play in the final minutes enabled the home side to post a convincing win.

Carney was also involved in a drama with referee Tony Archer. He burst through a gap in the 48th minute, only to run squarely into Archer and bowl him over. Fortunately, the incident did not have an impact on the final result.

"We're not offering any excuses," Tigers coach Tim Sheens said. "We had enough ball and at 12-6 we were back in the game."

Tigers hooker Robbie Farah looked to be affected by a groin injury but will continue to delay surgery that would keep him out for six weeks.

Tigers centre Geoff Daniela was placed on report for a dangerous throw.

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Post by willow » Mon 04 Apr, 2011 7:45 am

Bruised but far from battered, Sheens' boys show their mettle
Phil Gould - SMH
April 4, 2011

It's a long time since I've seen a team try so hard yet still finish a long way behind.

The Wests Tigers were beaten 24-6 by the Roosters yesterday afternoon, but I doubt neither their coach nor their fans will be disappointed with their efforts. The final score was not really a true reflection of the closeness of the contest. To my eye, the Tigers boys showed tremendous heart and spirit, and they only needed to have a few things go their way for the final result to be very different.

Missing nine first-grade players for yesterday's clash was always going to be a test, not only of their player depth, but of their resolve. As a group, they stood up to be counted, and several of the younger players confirmed their outstanding potential.

Mind you, the large number of changes did have its effects. I thought the Tigers' attack in the first half lacked confidence and fluency.

Normally, the Tigers play with a great rhythm to their attacking structures. Their play is designed to get key playmakers like Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall in good positions, with the ball in hand, as often as possible. Yesterday it was obvious Farah was injured and noticeably restricted. Marshall was conspicuously quiet for the first half-hour; not necessarily by design, but rather because those responsible didn't deliver him the ball anywhere near enough.

The second half was much better in this respect. Marshall had a lot more quality possessions and had the Roosters' defence scrambling on any number of occasions.

He created a number of half-chances for line breaks but some over-enthusiasm and over-exuberance from teammates led to crucial errors at the most inopportune of times.

The Tigers just couldn't get the vital try to narrow the margin and get the home side nervous.

On a few occasions, I got the impression the Tigers looked tired and dejected, and were mentally struggling to stay in touch with their opponents. However, Tim Sheens's Tigers are made of pretty stern stuff these days. They never gave up and kept fighting all the way.

The injury situation doesn't look like improving any time soon so it will be interesting to see if they can graft out a few wins with this restricted roster and wait for the cavalry to arrive later in the season. Let's hope so anyway.

The Roosters were excellent as well. Their injury toll was far less publicised going into this clash but they too were missing a number of players from their top squad. This caused some major reshuffling to the side, and offered opportunities to a few youngsters and a couple of experienced journeymen to show their wares.

The Roosters started this match full of intent, and maintained the intensity in their play all the way to full-time.

Despite a 12-0 lead at the half-time break and, holding a similar advantage for most of the second half, I'm sure they never felt comfortable the win was theirs, especially while Benji was still breathing.

I was mightily impressed with the Roosters' dedication to defence. They were forced to protect their line for long periods on a couple of occasions, and did so admirably. They seemed far more composed under defensive pressure than I've seen them so far this season. They looked to be in control of their emotions and their actions. Big improvement.

In attack they still had the tendency to get excited and force the unnecessary pass. They came with a plan to target the Tigers' right side defence, and they pursued this strategy with relentless integrity.

Big front-rower Martin Kennedy had one of his best ever games in the top grade. He is developing nicely. The unheralded Daniel Conn played his first match of the season for the Roosters, and in doing so reminded his coach just what his side might have been missing. He's an honest toiler.

Hooker Jake Friend was tireless in defence, and his probing runs from dummy-half kept the Tigers' forwards busy. I love the potential in young Tom Symonds. He is one of those rare back-rower types who can hit gaps at speed off short passes - he looked dangerous.

Fullback Anthony Minichiello produced a performance off the top shelf as well.

No, the Roosters were very good, and they had to be too, because any less commitment and they would have been beaten by the Tigers.

Good game. I enjoyed it.


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Post by cunno » Mon 04 Apr, 2011 7:57 am

A lot of talk about how great the roosters defence was PLEASE remember they had to defend against an injury depleted team trying to adjust to a combination of existing, replacement and some playing with injury, Wests Tigers players. As I said before let's see how great they are in round 20 at Leichhardt.

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Post by Tigerdave » Mon 04 Apr, 2011 8:18 am

Good article from Gus

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Post by Cultured Bogan » Mon 04 Apr, 2011 8:18 am

With the amount of times we got close to the line, if we crossed only 50% of the time we would have racked up 30-40 points.

Just couldn't penetrate their defense on the line...
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Post by IronTiger » Mon 04 Apr, 2011 8:48 am

Good summary by Gould and a fair reflection of the game. I don't however agree re Farah but that's just my opinion.

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