Sport Cowboys produce almost the perfect game, but Roosters prevail

19:26  04 august  2018
19:26  04 august  2018 Source:

NRL's Roosters are "getting better": coach

  NRL's Roosters are They've won by a combined 48 points over the past two weeks, but the Sydney Roosters warn they're a still long way from their best with the NRL finals nearing.The Roosters went to third on the NRL ladder after their 32-16 defeat of the Dragons on Sunday, in a performance Robinson claimed was their best of the year so far.

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A powerful spell from Jason Taumalolo – in arguably his best game for at least two months – was just as crucial as the Cowboys rocked the Roosters It didn't last long though; the Roosters produced one of the team tries of the year in the next set with Joey Manu starting the movement and finishing it

Stepping through: Blake Ferguson beats Johnathan Thurston to cross for the Roosters at Allianz Stadium.© AAP Stepping through: Blake Ferguson beats Johnathan Thurston to cross for the Roosters at Allianz Stadium. Coaches are forever banging on about completion rates. Hold the footy and you win the game.

Well gents, try explaining what happened at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

North Queensland, in taking on the premiership heavyweights the Roosters, did not drop the Steeden until there was two minutes and 33 seconds left on the clock. They finished with a completion rate of 35 from 36, a a tick over 97 per cent. And they got dusted.

There appears to be a spate of potential grand final previews at the moment. We had one last week when the Roosters smashed the Dragons. Another on Friday night when Souths beat the Storm. And then there’s next Friday’s blockbuster between those old sparring partners, the Roosters and the Rabbitohs.

Roosters duo in embarrassing mix-up

  Roosters duo in embarrassing mix-up Sydney Roosters duo James Tedesco and Blake Ferguson were involved in an embarrassing mix-up during the match against St George Illawarra on Sunday.With the Roosters already up 16-0 midway through the first half, Dragons halfback Ben Hunt got a kick away under pressure with Tedesco and Ferguson making a beeline towards the ball from opposite directions.

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But if you had to make a prediction on who would be there on the big day at the start of the season, there were plenty of people telling you it could well be contested between North Queensland and the Roosters.

Don't argue: Jason Taumalolo runs over the top of James Tedesco to score.© AAP Don't argue: Jason Taumalolo runs over the top of James Tedesco to score. That will clearly not be happening. This is as close as the pre-season fancies will get to big-time September footy, a round-21 clash most notable for being the last time Johnathan Thurston shares a football field with Cooper Cronk.

The Roosters may yet do a lap of honour. The Cowboys, incredibly, are in contention for nothing but the wooden spoon. Both teams put on a performance befitting their potential as the Cowboys mounted a big comeback. The Roosters were up by 18 points and appeared to be cruising to a blowout victory, but had to be content to get home in a nail-biter.

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  Luke Keary injury: Sydney Roosters five-eighth to miss a month with medial ligament damage Keary's injury was the only blip for the Roosters in their 36-18 crushing of St George Illawarra on Sunday evening. The playmaker's absence will be a roadblock for the Roosters as they pursue a top-four finish.Keary has put on 17 try assists and has scored five for himself so far this year to be one of his side's best in 2018.His return would coincide with the Roosters' final-round clash with Parramatta, meaning he would have just one hit-out before the finals begin on September 7.Dylan Napa was a late withdrawal from the Roosters squad for Sunday's game as he continues to recover from his own MCL injury.

Roosters 16 - 20 Cowboys . The toughest kick in the game . Quick hands from the Cowboys almost gives Winterstein a bit of space but he’s reeled in. Both sides perfect through 10 minutes - feeling each other out.

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Surrounded: Joseph Manu meets a mob of Cowboys.© AAP Surrounded: Joseph Manu meets a mob of Cowboys. Despite having some of the most exciting attacking weapons in the game, both sides can be accused of negative play. What is with this obsession with kicking penalty goals? One of Thurston’s attempts came when his side were six behind.

The Roosters also opted against a tap at a time when their opponents were on their goal line and faced the prospect of being a man down if they conceded another penalty.

Thankfully, they gave us some great attacking footy as well. The first try, to none other than man-of-the-moment Latrell Mitchell, is what rugby league is all about. A beautiful shift to the left, involving James Tedesco and a lovely short ball from Boyd Cordner, resulted in Mitchell planting the ball down and performing his trademark kangaroo celebration.

His centre partner, Joseph Manu, scored one just as spectacular, even if there was a hint of a bobble during the ground. When wingers Blake Ferguson and Daniel Tupou got in on the act, it looked like it would get ugly for the Cowboys at Allianz Stadium.

Joey's bold call for Hayne's future

  Joey's bold call for Hayne's future League legend Andrew Johns claims Jarryd Hayne's recent form leaves Parramatta with an easy decision for 2019.Hayne was heavily criticised at the start of the season for a series of below-par performances, before he was sidelined with injury for an extended period.

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Yet they almost stole it.

Swan song: Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston will never play on the same field again.© AAP Swan song: Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston will never play on the same field again. When Jason Taumalolo broke through the line and the only thing standing in his way was Tedesco, it was one of those car-crash moments – you knew there was going to be carnage, but you couldn’t look away. There is not a man on the planet that could have stopped him. And in one of his farewell games, Thurston scored a try. The conversion pushed him into second place on the all-time points-scorer’s list, passing Andrew Johns.

He would have traded it for a victory, but it was not to be.

With the game over, we look forward to the action to come. Next week’s Rabbitohs-Roosters clash, another potential grand final preview. Next week the Cowboys take on the Broncos in the local derby. That will be their grand final.

Cronk: Roosters have found their identity .
The Sydney Roosters have established themselves as the NRL's form team after winning 11 of their last 13 matches.After a lacklustre start to the year, the Sydney Roosters provisionally moved to the top of the NRL ladder with a gritty 18-14 win over fellow title contenders South Sydney on Friday.

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