NRL Match Report | Round 1
The Sydney Roosters went down 10-44 to the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Allianz Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Rabbitohs would be the first on the board for the afternoon, when back-to-back penalties saw Cameron McInnes dart over from dummy-half to bag the first try of the day.
The Roosters were seeing little possession and were left defending set after set on their goal-line.
It would be capitalised on less than fifteen minutes in, when Aaron Gray scored in the corner on the back of some nice play from the Rabbitohs for their second.
It was becoming a nightmare start for the Roosters, as the Rabbitohs scored back-to-back tries off kicks through Paul Carter and Alex Johnston in the opening twenty five minutes.
It was a dominant half for the Rabbitohs, and was capped off by a solo effort from Greg Inglis to score their fourth of the afternoon just wide of the uprights.
The Roosters got some more ball at the end of the half, but the Rabbitohs would take a 0-26 lead going into the break.
It wasn’t the Roosters afternoon, and that point would continue in the second half when Kyle Turner barged over to make it a 0-32 point lead.
Joe Burgess scored his first NRL try for the Roosters, finding space on the left wing on the back of some clever ball movement.
The Rabbitohs hit back minutes later through Bryson Goodwin, after getting a flick pass from Cody Walker.
The Roosters finished the game off in style, when Dale Copley made the break, passed inside to Jackson Hastings, he passed wide to Burgess for his second and final for the afternoon.
Hymel Hunt wanted to make it a convincing score for the Rabbitohs, barging his way over on the right hand side to make it a 10-44 scoreline.