The Easter Monday clash, played in front of 18,014 die hard fans, was the first time since 1999 that the club had held opponents scoreless in back to back rounds.
Daniel Tupou came up with three line breaks in his 212 metre effort. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck celebrated his first NRL try with two more for the match, while Michael Jennings was a constant thorn for the Parramatta right edge. While there were countless stars, James Maloney collected man of the match for his 80 minutes of attacking brilliance.
Both sides took a while to settle into this match, with defence dominating the early parts of the game. An early penalty gave the Roosters the first real chance of the evening, with both Sam Moa and Frank-Paul Nuuausala going close. However, the Eels held firm in defence, and were awarded a penalty of their own when Shaun Kenny-Dowall was ruled to have been offside from a Mitchell Pearce grubber.
It took 12 minutes for the home side to open the scoring. Mitchell Pearce sent up a towering bomb which was too hot to handle for Vai Toutai. Jake Friend quickly offloaded the ball to Nuuausala, who probably could have scored himself. Instead, he offloaded to the unlikeliest of first try scorers, with fellow double barrelled forward Jared Waerea-Hargreaves crashing over for his first of the season. The New Zealand international will be thanking his countryman for helping him get off the duck so early in 2013. James Maloney continued his fine form with the boot, pushing the lead out to six.
The Eels should have come up with their own four pointer just four minutes later when Jacob Loko spilled a Chris Sandow grubber over the line. The visitors were made to pay almost immediately, when some great lead up play from Kenny-Dowall and Minichiello saw the Roosters increase their lead. Sensing a retreating defence, Maloney grubbered through for his halves partner. A bad bounce cost Pearce a try of his own, but the halfback was calm enough to bat it back for the most famous double barrelled name at the club to score his second of the year. Maloney couldn't convert the Sonny Bill Williams try, with his kick cannoning off the uprights.
The Roosters almost came up with their third try off the half, but Kenny-Dowall was held up just short of the line. Two minutes later and it looked as if the double barrelled partnership would strike again, but again Kenny-Dowall and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck had their chance snuffed out. Two plays later, and it was a case of third time lucky for the right edge, with Tuivasa-Sheck out leaping Toutai to score his first career NRL try. Maloney made no mistakes from the touch line, handing the Roosters a well deserved 16 point lead.
It didn't take long for the 2012 NYC star to double his try scoring tally in 2013. Some great build up play from Pearce and Kenny-Dowall put the youngster away for his second try in the space of ten minutes. It was a picture perfect sweep from left to right, with the winger showing off his freakish abilities with the spectacular out down. Needless to say, Maloney had no problems with the kick.
The half time stats painted a telling picture, with the hosts missing just two tackles to Parramatta's 16. SBW produced four offloads, while the Roosters ran the ball for a whopping 744 metres.
The half time break did little to halt the home side's momentum, with Michael Jennings scoring his first try in the red, white and blue. Some rapid hands from Pearce and Minichiello combined to find Jennings out wide. There was nothing on when the left centre got the ball, but a stunning in and away bamboozled Ken Sio, before the NSW representative carried two defenders with him over the line. For the second time tonight, Maloney sent a kick crashing into the posts.
It took until the 61st minute for either side to register another opportunity, and unsurprisingly, it was the home side who almost extended their lead past 30. Another brilliant cut out pass from Maloney found Jennings, who quickly dished it out to Daniel Tupou. The left winger looked set to score, but some excellent cover defence forced the error.
The winger was away two minutes later following an error from the Eels. Tupou looked majestic in full flight, but was grounded by Hayne and Sandow 10 metres out. The ball was quickly spread from Pearce to Williams, who delivered an incredible cut out pass to send Tuivasa-Sheck diving away for his third try of the night. Maloney kept the good times coming, converting the young gun's hat trick.
It was quickly turning into a wingman's feast when Maloney facilitated another Tupou break. His third line break in five minutes gave the side great field position, which was duly converted into another six points. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves held up three defenders on his way to the line, before popping the pill out the back for a delighted Daniel Mortimer to score his first of 2013. It was a terrific ball from the prop, who earned an early shower for his hard work.
There would be no cue in the rack for the Roosters tonight, as the side marched their way downfield to score from the very next set. An audacious chip and chase from Maloney almost put Boyd Cordner away for his first of the year. From the ensuing play, Jennings dummied to the open side, before putting Tupou away down a skinny short side. The winger finally got the try he deserved, overpowering Sandow in the corner. Don't worry, Maloney kicked it. Again. 44-0.
Boyd Cordner typified the newfound spirit at the club. Instead of coasting to a 44 point win, the Origin bolter beat two Eels, before carrying another defender over the line to put the icing on an unforgettable team performance. The ensuing goal pushed the score out to 50-0. Yes, 50-0.
While Brad Arthur would have been thrilled with the attacking performance, it will be the back to back shut outs that has him most excited. The team will take plenty of confidence ahead of their trip to Canberra next Sunday night.
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