Roosters run rampant in Auckland
A rampant Roosters side have recorded their fourth straight victory with a thirty-four point, 46-12 victory over the New Zealand Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium in Round 24 of the 2014 NRL Premiership.
It was an electric opening to the match and just four minutes into the clash a cross-field kick from Sam Tomkins looked the goods for the home side before Daniel Tupou towered over the chasers to take on the fly and race 70m down field, only to be cut down by Shaun Johnson 15m out.
The ball was shifted wide to the right from the following play-the-ball and a rampaging Aidan Guerra ducked and stepped his way through the Warriors line to reach out and score.
The try went to the Video Ref following what looked like a fumble from Guerra, which was proven to be true, however a stray foot from Thomas Leuluai was ruled foul play and a Penalty Try was given.
The home side hit back in the 10th minute after a well placed Johnson chip-kick was batted back by a high-flying Ngani Laumape into the hands of Sam Tomkins, to cross in the corner.
It wasn't until ten minutes later than the scoreboard attendant was up off from his seat as a penalty mid-field piggy-backed the Tricolours up field before quick-thinking from Jake Friend out of dummy-half saw the future Maroons No.9 take it blind to find Boyd Cordner.
The Blues and Kangaroos backrower shifted it quickly to his NSW team mates Michael Jennings - who started the phase back on the first tackle with a leaping take on a Johnson bomb - in space to dance his way around the defenders and score.
After a physical period in the middle of the first half it took a mistake from Tomkins at the back on a spiralling bomb from Maloney for six again to be called before the following tackle saw SBW move into first-receiver and flick it off for Shaun Kenny-Dowall to duck and dive his way over.
The try from SKD saw the Kiwi international jump to third on the Club's all time try-scoring list, ahead of the legendary Dave Brown.
It was just 46 seconds into the second half before the scoreboard was ticking over again after a brilliant start to the set with runs from SKD, SBW and Sam Moa began to break up the Warriors line and a sniping Maloney slipped through before finding his Captain, Anthony Minichiello, in support to score under the sticks.
After starting from the bench for the third week in a row, Sam Moa showed his ability to burst through a line in the 48th minute after a mistake from the Warriors handed the Tricolours a scrum inside their 40.
After another strong effort from the big men through the middle, Pearce gifted Moa a short-ball just metres out to crash over and score.
A mid-field break from Maloney yet again saw the Roosters in space and despite some fancy passiong between the left-edge it was the man who started it in the No.6 cut down just inches short.
Warriors Seb Ikahihifo flopped onto Maloney in an attempt to save the four-pointer and was sin-binned for his actions.
As the momentum began to swing well and truly in the visiting side's favour it was the man nobody expected to do the damage, as Isaac Liu burst onto a pass 25m out and showed his ability with a rampaging run to the line carrying Warriors defenders to score.
With the scoring rate beginning to slow it was the returning Jake Friend who flicked the switch and got the Roosters back on board after a scoot out of dummy-half and grubber into the in-goal was dived upon by a flying Boyd Cordner to score.
The Warriors peppered the Roosters line late into the match on the back of a string of penalties inside the Tricolours half, before finally crossing out wide through Ngani Laumape to give the home crowd something to cheer about.
However they weren't cheering for long as just minutes following the Warriors began to push the pass one too many times as SKD came up with a loose one, popped off for Pearce on the right wing before the half ducked and dived under defenders before finding SBW who spun it wide for Cordner to put Jennings over untouched.
And, that's where it stayed as neither side added to their totals in the final two minutes of play, seeing the Roosters make it four wins in a row with a 46-12 victory at Mt Smart Stadium.