NRL Match Report | Round 13
The Roosters have pulled off a nice win in tough conditions on Sunday afternoon, downing the Wests Tigers 32-18 at Allianz Stadium.
It was the ideal start for Jackson Hastings in his return, forcing a repeat set with his first kick of the afternoon and delivering a golden ball to Latrell Mitchell that opened the scoring for the Roosters.
A massive defensive effort to force another goal-line dropout in the following set saw the Roosters go over again on the wing, when Dale Copley did well to find Daniel Tupou open in the corner.
The Tigers would strike straight back though with a length of the field try that went through several sets of hands, and finished off by Tim Simona.
The Roosters were impressing in the wet weather, forcing plenty of repeat sets and holding good field position in the first half.
After forcing their third straight goal-line dropout, they were finally gifted a four-pointer when Ryan Matterson threw a perfect pass to Blake Ferguson to put him over between the uprights.
An error from Blake Ferguson just shy of the break saw the Tigers score a crucial four-pointer to bring it to within just a converted try at half time.
After a back-and-forth start to the second half, the Roosters would be first to execute when Jake Friend put in a perfect grubber kick for Aidan Guerra to clean up and score just shy of the uprights.
James Tedesco showed his side just how important he is when he stepped and forced his way over between the uprights to bring his side back into it.
After receiving a penalty in good field position, Sio Siua Taukeiaho elected to take the two-points on offer after striking them well all game.
Connor Watson would score his first try in the NRL to seal the win for the Roosters, on the back of a clever offload from Aidan Guerra put him over on the left edge.