Competition - NRL Premiership

Round - Round 04

Teams - Sydney Roosters V Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Date - 26th of March 2016

Venue - Allianz Stadium, Moore Park, Sydney NSW

Photographer - Robb Cox

After making his first grade debut for the Sydney Roosters in Townsville, Mitchell Frei looks right at home at the top grade.

It wasn’t a fairytale first game for the young second rower, but a character building experience on a tough night for the Roosters.

Regardless of the result though, the first opportunity is always one that commits to memory.

“The whole thing was a bit of a blur, I loved the whole experience," he said to RoostersTV.

“I haven’t watched it yet, but being out there was good enough for me,” he added.

Coming off the bench in Townsville, Frei recorded 24 tackles and 51 metres for 7 runs against the North-Queensland Cowboys.

In his second appearance for the Roosters, he recorded 21 tackles and 48 metres for 7 runs against the Manly Sea Eagles last Saturday night.

Improvement is the name of the game, and he knows this side has plenty of improvement left in them.

“I just want to keep improving, to bring enthusiasm off the bench and make sure that middle is locked up tight in defence.”

It can be easy to hang your head when things aren’t going your way, but Frei says the Roosters are doing anything but.

“Nobody is walking around kicking stones.

“We know where we want to be and where to improve.”

A big game awaits against the New Zealand Warriors at Central Coast Stadium this weekend, and Frei will once again get his opportunity to play.

Hunting for a big win, the boys are ready to go out there and give it their all.

“We’ve been training really well, with a real defensive focus.

“Now it’s time to go out there and do it.”