After a tough loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Thursday night, let's discuss the key Sydney Roosters talking points from the match.
DEFENCE STILL BUILDING
While there are some learning curves to overcome with our defensive line, the scramble defence came together for much of the first half of the match.
A couple of unfortunate errors resulted in tries to the Rabbitohs, but there were some impressive defensive moments for the Tricolours, like Reece Robinson’s try-saver in the first half and Ryan Matterson holding up Greg Inglis in the second.
The Roosters are still building towards playing the Roosters way and that includes the defensive end of the ground.
CAPITALISING ON MOMENTUM
Thinking about what could have been isn’t healthy, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t opportunities for the Roosters on Thursday night.
Head Coach Trent Robinson mentioned in the Press Conference that his side set up plenty of opportunities on the night, but they didn’t quite execute which contributed to the loss.
As the combinations continue to build throughout the season, fans can only be left to wonder how things can potentially be.
RIVALRY IS WELL AND TRULY ALIVE
There’s no doubt that it’s tough going against the arch-rivals and they showed us that they are exactly that in round 6.
It was a physical battle between the sides as expected that even resulted in some heated confrontations throughout the match, proving that as the years go on that the oldest rivalry in the NRL is alive in well.
Fans of the game should be excited at the prospect of the rematch at ANZ Stadium in round 22.
WHEN IT CLICKS, THERE WILL BE MAGIC
While this team is still working on consistency and the before mentioned Roosters way, the fans are gifted with the difficult task of remaining patient.
There have been some glimpses of what this team can accomplish in 2018 and the potential is still being worked on.
The side continues to grow and learn lessons, though they need to learn them if they’re to improve down the stretch of a long NRL season.