Smith scares Roosters to victory
May 2, 2010 - 7:04PM
A “scary” halftime spray from coach Brian Smith inspired the Sydney Roosters to a fifth NRL victory of the season on Sunday - equalling their record for the whole of the 2009 campaign.
On a sweltering day in Campbelltown, the Roosters scored a late try through Todd Carney to beat Wests Tigers 12-8 after being on the back foot for most of the second half in a low-scoring but entertaining encounter.
It was a brave performance from the Roosters, who trailed a dominant Tigers side for 74 minutes before Carney pounced to score and silence the home supporters.
Smith was reluctant to discuss his halftime rant after the game, but skipper Braith Anasta admitted he was scared by the sight of his apoplectic coach.
“It was the first time he has sprayed us, we weren’t playing the best, our intensity was not there and it was good that he got up us,” Anasta told AAP.
“It was a bit scary, I haven’t seen him like that before. But it worked, we all got a bit of a rocket and went out there and scored an early try and got back into the game.”
Anasta was put on report for shoving Tigers centre Blake Ayshford to the ground following a melee that started after Nate Myles was harshly penalised for what looked to be an legitimate tackle on Todd Peyton.
However, Anasta said he was not worried about the prospect of a suspension.
“I haven’t been put on report for 10 years and I can’t believe I am on report for that, I am not too concerned but we will see what happens,” he said.
"Mylesy’s was a great tackle, I don’t understand why he gave a penalty, it was ridiculous.
“But it was big win for us and I am very proud of the boys.”
Smith said he was delighted with the way his players responded in the second half and was pleasantly surprised with how his players had responded since his arrival at the club late last year.
“We are not there yet, and are still a long way from becoming a very good team but we are on the right track and I have been pleased with the way the guys have reacted to us,” Smith said.
“It was pretty tough out there at times but we hung in there and got the late try.”
Smith admitted he was not overly impressed with the performance of Carney after he was moved from fullback to replace the injured halfback Mitchell Pearce and admitted his side missed Pearce’s on-field influence.
“I thought we were a bit rudderless at times but it is an indication of the high standard of football our guys play at this level,” he said.
"You can have top players like Carney and even Minichiello once or twice, looking out of sorts and looking like they don’t know what they are doing.
“But Toddy will be better for the experience of playing there today.”
In Sunday’s other game, Manly returned to winning ways with a 30-22 win over a fast-finishing South Sydney.
Manly, who gave away a 12-point lead to lose to the Gold Coast on Monday, piled on 20 unanswered points either side of halftime to set up a massive 30-6 advantage.
However, Souths, who overcame a 24-6 deficit to beat Canberra last week, launched another stirring comeback, scoring three tries in 16 straight points to cut the deficit to eight with seven minutes remaining.
look i know we’re all sick of sheens bashing threads, but this to me is a big thing. it was obvious from the first set after halftime the rossters meant business. i turned to my brother and said ‘we’re gone, they have really switched on’
the roosters went out there and responded to what their coach wanted,
gould touched on this after we beat the eels after he went to town on how soft we were. benji came out and said they wanted to prove gould wrong.
why cant OUR coach do this to the players? why cant they respond to what HE says?
do they not fear him? do they not agree with what he tells them to do? do they not want to win for him? or are they just too comfortable with him?
They did pick up the intensity a little bit in the second half but I still thought their attack was dreadful at times. If not for the bomb at the end I dont think they would have ever scored on us in the second half. Although I must say I thought their defence was quite good, when we were attacking their line they were always up on us very quickly.