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Most of the Roosters' frontline talent had an extended run in Saturday's 36-22 Pre-Season Challenge win over the Sea Eagles, ahead of their trip to Las Vegas for Round 1. 

Captain James Tedesco played the full 80 minutes at fullback and was heavily involved, breaking through 10 tackles and running for 157 metres, while standoff Luke Keary and centre candidate Billy Smith had some nice individual moments at Industree Group Stadium in Gosford. 

With Jared Waerea-Hargreaves suspended for Round 1, Terrell May and Egan Butcher both put their name forward to fill the void with busy shifts, while Tongan international Sitili Tupouniua did his chances no harm with a strong showing that included a second-half try. 

New recruit Dominic Young scored early in the second quarter before heading to hospital as precaution, following a crusher-style tackle which saw Toafofoa Sipley placed on report.

Dominic Young Try

While the Roosters appeared to have it over their vastly less experienced opponents for much of the game, the opening 15 minutes were all about the Sea Eagles as they enjoyed two thirds of possession but had only a try to Sipley to show for it. 

When they got their chance the Roosters took full advantage, with a Keary break leading to halves partner Sam Walker burrowing over, before Young got his first try as a Rooster. 

Sam Walker Try

Manly still ended up leading 12-10 at the break though, thanks to a long-range Raymond Tuaimalo Vaega break setting Clayton Faulalo up for a try.

Daniel Tupou and Sitili Tupouniua both scored inside the first 10 minutes of the second half to give their side an eight-point lead, with Jake Arthur hitting back after an 80-metre counterattack before Tupou grabbed his second. 

Jaxson Paulo's try against his former club should have seen Manly level scores with nine to go, but for Brandon Wakeham to push a regulation conversion wide. 

Tries to Connor Watson and Junior Pauga in the final five minutes put the final scoreline beyond doubt. 

Match Snapshot

  • The Roosters fielded a team made up almost entirely of NRL regulars, while Manly coach Anthony Seibold opted to play a less experienced group.
  • Manly used 26 players while the Roosters went into the game with only 21.  
  • Roosters recruit Dominic Young left the field after being the victim of a crusher-style tackle from Toafofoa Sipley and later went to hospital as a precaution. 
  • Despite having to make 27 fewer first-half tackles than the Roosters, the Sea Eagles missed 20 to their opponents' 11 in the opening 40 minutes. 
  • The Roosters broke through 48 tackles across the 80 minutes. 

Play of the Game

It didn't impact the result in the end, but this try from Clayton Faulalo summed up Manly's desire to play exciting footy. It also made up for the earlier blunder from the young centre and win partner Raymond Tuaimalo Vaega, which saw them blow a certain try with a forward pass. 

Clayton Faulalo Try

What's Next

With their respective season-openers in Las Vegas just around the corner, the Roosters take on arch-rivals the Rabbitohs at Belmore Oval on Friday and the Sea Eagles head back home to 4 Pines Park to face the Broncos on Saturday.

Acknowledgement of Country

Sydney Roosters respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.