Roosters keep Dragons scoreless in massive victory

A dominating performance in both attack and defence has seen the Tricolours run out 36-0 winners at WIN Jubilee Oval.


The massive defensive effort marks the fourth time this season the Roosters have held a team scoreless, the first team to do so since the Eels in 1982.


Coming in to the match as heavy favourites the Bondi boys didn't disappoint, constantly thwarting the home sides attacks while being clinical at the other end when required.


Both the Rooster halves excelled at Kogarah, running riot around the Red V defence.


As they have done all year, the big fellas up front, or the Bondi wall as we like to call them, held strong all night, playing with a toughness and passion that are the cornerstone of coach Trent Robinson.


After leading 18-0 at the break the Tricolours refused to drop their standards in the second stanza, getting the simple stuff done before running away with the victory.


Welcomed back in to the fold after a week off through injury, James Maloney threw a brilliant cut out pass to a flying Tupou, the winger passing inside to Jennings who was way too fast for the opposition setting up Maloney on the inside to finish the play he started.


Not long after Boyd Cordner continued his impressive run of form, scoring his third in three weeks, running on to a clever short ball from halfback Mitchell Pearce to make it 12-0.


It was one of the "one percenters" that set up the Tricolours third.


Some great kick pressure resulted in an error from the Dragons and it was Jake Friend who scooped, picking up the ball and passing from the ground to a flying Michael Jennings, who raced 80m untouched to score.


Playing in an unfamiliar position on the wing, Shaun Kenny-Dowall showed plenty of power as he won a fiercely contested bomb with Morris before pushing aside the Dragons centre and slamming the ball over.


The next will go down as a try to Aidan Guerra but it was all Mitch Pearce.


Spotting a hole in the defensive line, Pearce stepped inside his origin mate Merrin to set up the easiest of tries for his old housemate.


After a clever chip kick where they re-gained possession, the visitors seemingly went the wrong way on the next play but you should never underestimate Jennings.


The flying centre delivered an offload when it didn't seem possible, enabling enough space for giant winger Tupou to reach out and score the Chooks final try of the night.


The win keeps the Roosters in second spot on the NRL ladder with a bye to come next weekend.