NYC Squad claim victory over Tigers

The Sydney Roosters have claimed victory over the Wests Tigers in today's NYC trial at Kogarah Oval.


In a match played in wet and windy conditions after being switched from Allianz Stadium late yesterday, the Roosters dominated possession in a good performance that would have pleased their Coach Paul Green heading into the start of the season.


For Wests Tigers, Coach Todd Payten would have been frustrated and disappointed with the performance from a side that has now recorded a draw, a win, and a loss from their three trial matches.


Payten fielded a strong side for the trial including several key players from the premiership winning team last year but with plenty of hard work over the next fortnight, he will have his side right for round one against Newcastle.


Wests Tigers certainly have the talent and depth to again be a strong force in the NYC competition this season. The Roosters will also be very competitive judging by todays performance.



1st Half


Wests Tigers soaked up some early defensive pressure from the Sydney Roosters inside their own quarter in the opening five minutes.


The pressure paid off down the other end of the field five minutes later when hooker Nofoa Leapai darted over from a short dummy half run. Two plays earlier, half-back Jack Madden went close to scoring after good work by five-eighth Matt Mulcahy.


Mulcahy converted the try for a 6-0 lead to Wests Tigers after 10 minutes.


The Roosters drew level midway through the first half through a soft try under the posts through half-back Tyler Cornish. Centre Brendan Elliot converted for a 6-all scoreline.


It became 10-6 to the Roosters a few minutes later when forward Shaquille Blair crashed through three defenders to score next to the posts. Elliot converted for a 12-6 lead to the Roosters.



2nd Half


The Roosters extended their lead a few minutes into the second half when forward Alex Thomas used his strength and size to score next to the posts. Elliot converted for an 18-6 lead.


Cornish scored his second try when he regathered from his own short kick to score next to the posts a few minutes later. Elliot converted for a 24-6 lead.



Final Score: Sydney Roosters 24 - Wests Tigers 6