Sport Rugby League Roosters let Dragons off the hook

Roosters let Dragons off the hook

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Ill-discipline has cost the Roosters as they went down 14-12 in their Anzac Day clash with St George Illawarra.


at Sydney Football Stadium, April 25 2015
Tackles:Jake Friend (SYD) – 54
Runs:Trent Merrin (SGI) – 36
Offloads:Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (GLD) – 4
Run (m):Trent Merrin (SGI) – 162
Roosters: S Kenny-Dowall, R Tuivasa-Sheck tries, J Maloney 2 goalsDragons: P Mata’utia, M Rein tries, G Widdop 3 goals

It was a bizarre clash, with torrential rain and hail forcing the teams off in the 27th minute after Dragons hooker Mitch Rein made it 10-0.

The break may have re-energised the Roosters who got on the board through Shaun Kenny-Dowall in the 36th minute and it was 10-6 as the teams headed to the sheds in improved conditions.

Two silly penalties allowed Dragons pivot Gareth Widdop to push the lead to 14-6 heading into the final 10 minutes, but a quick Roger Tuivasa-Sheck tap and try saw the Roosters move within two points in the 71st minute.

Michael Jennings failed to handle a James Maloney pass in full flight with the line in sight with just over two minutes remaining and the Dragons were able to hold on for their sixth-straight win of the season.

More to come.