Dominant second half display secures six in a row

A dominant second half performance saw the Tricolours defeat the Penrith Panthers 42-6 on Friday night.


After conceding first, the Tricolours struggled to get in to rhythm in the opening half, but in a credit to their attitude, finally shifted in to gear to run away with the win.


The entire forward pack lifted in the second stanza, with the impact of bench forwards Isaac Liu and Sam Moa clearly noticeable.


Jake Friend continued his rich run of form, proving a constant threat for the home side, as did the halves combination who found space for their outside backs all night.



A slick back line movement kick started the scoring for the night, the Panthers crashing over out wide through Simmons.


The Tricolours responded not long after when a well worked movement created an extra man for Tupou to cruise over untouched out wide.


After a flat period for the next ten minutes the Tricolors finally found some rhythm and were rewarded with the lead when in form hooker Jake Friend powered his way over.


After a clever pick up at the back the Panthers fullback Moylan raced away right at the end of the first stanza, only to be brilliantly chased down by Tupou to send the Tricolours in to the break leading by six.


The Tricolours pounced early in the second half, after a Panthers mistake from their first set of six, Boyd Cordner ran his now trademark line to extend the Roosters lead.


Just after being denied a try the Panthers then gave away a cheap penalty and it was the returning Aidan Guerra who ran a perfect line and stepped the fullback to deflate the home side.


James Maloney was the next to score after running through one of the biggest gaps you will ever see, before a clever pass from Kenny-Dowall put Tuivasa-Sheck in some space and he put on a step Benji would be proud of to touch down out wide.


It was role reversal time in the dying minutes as Waerea-Hargreaves through a perfect cut out pass to Maloney who drew the fullback for Cordner to finish the game with a double.