Roosters dig deep to bury Sea Eagles

A massive defensive effort and some skilful execution in slippery conditions helped the Sydney Roosters to a 18-12 victory over Manly.


The scoreboard doesn't fully reflect the match as the Roosters without a recognised goal kicker, dominated for the majority of the match, scoring four tries to two.


In his comeback from suspension Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was instrumental for the home side constantly bending the visitors backwards in defence.


The battle up front was intense all night and the Tricolour forwards fully held their own with every player standing up to do their job.


Electric winger Tuivasa-Sheck opened the scoring latching on to the end of a slick backline movement to put the Tricolors up by four.


What followed was a barrage on the Tricolours line, with the home side holding out eight consecutive sets at one stage.


Once the home side finally got the ball it was a solo effort from hooker Jake Friend that sent the crowd in to raptures.


Late in the half Mortimer was escorted from the field with concussion while Jennings dropped the ball with the try line begging.


Manly looked to score on the stroke of half time but a brilliant saving effort from Aidan Guerra saved the day.


The Tricolours suffered a second casualty just after the break when Tuivasa-Sheck was involved in a sickening collision, which saw him carried from the field with concussion.


Jamie Lyon showed his class just after the break, powering his way over two defenders to put themselves back in the hunt.


We were really in for a match at this stage and it took a great ball from SBW to put Tupou in space, the winger flying down the touchline and finding Jennings on the inside to extend the Tricolours lead.


With Maloney and now Mortimer on the sidelines the goal kicking stocks were limited, both Cordner and Pearce had cracks, but with no conversions successful, Manly remained in the hunt.


A piece of SBW magic set up Jennings second with a round the corner pass which seemed to give the Roosters victory.


A late George Rose try, put Manly back in the hunt, but having scored four tries to one the home side fully deserved the victory.