1 Roosters returning Origin stars brilliant in big win
Mitchell, Tedesco and Cordner were all superb on returning from a weeks rest after State of Origin and their presence no doubt helped lift the Roosters to a comprehensive win over the Sea Eagles at Lottoland. Tedesco at fullback ran for 273m and was everywhere in attack, Latrell Mitchell scored two of his own, setup a try and kicked eight from ten with the boot ending the match with 24 points.
Boyd Cordner was at his industrious best getting through 141m and 27 tackles with a try also to his name. Most pleasing however would have been the fact it was a team performance with every player chiming in to get the Roosters attack going. Going by this performance teams will either want to avoid them come September or wholeheartedly live by, to be the best you have to beat the best.
2 Jake Friend still in the fight for a Queensland Jumper next year
Putting my own hands up, I humbly admit defeat in believing Friend would not cut it in Origin and was hardly cutting it at NRL level. His presence out of dummy half had been non-existent for over a year and he didn't offer much else. Yesterday was a return to some sublime form that also showed in a showdown with McCullough previous to the State of Origin, Game I team being named.
Passes that his playmakers could run onto, darts from dummy half and an astute kicking game he had it all. Keep this up and Jake Friend may yet wear a Queensland Maroons jersey at the ripe old age of twenty-eight.
3 Manly now in the battle to avoid the wooden spoon
Coming into the game they sat two points above the Eels, Cowboys and Bulldogs and a win would have seen a four-point cushion with six games to go for each side for the season. The Sea Eagles next two assignments are difficult to say the least, up against the Panthers who will be as hungry as ever for a win following an embarrassing loss to the Broncos and then the Sharks at Shark Park.
Their following four fixtures are against the Bulldogs (H), Titans (H), Tigers (A) and Broncos (A). So whilst at least two wins from their remaining six are more than realistic this side cannot seem to put two good weeks together and the wooden spoon looms as a distinct possibility for season 2018.
4 Roosters hitting form just at the right time
The Roosters now sit on 26 competition points and in fourth spot, a double chance in September is now in their hands. The Roosters 56 points to 24 win over the Sea Eagles showed their attacking content, significantly boosting their for and against.
Earlier in the season their attack came into question with big money signings Tedesco and Cronk not delivering on their potential. Now with a side that is gelling, they are hitting form at the pointy end of the season and it will be crucial to their premiership credentials to get the aforementioned double chance in September. Should they manage the run home well, they could even end up Minor Premiers once more.
5 Roosters equal away game record
The Roosters racked up 56 points against the Sea Eagles yesterday afternoon the equal most the club has ever managed in an away match. Their dazzling attack resulted in 14 line breaks to the Sea Eagles 3 and they ran out to a 28-0 lead after just 24 minutes. Despite their brilliant attack Robinson was fuming at full-time with Cherry-Evans allowed to cross over for a late try as the Sea Eagles never gave up despite being thoroughly dominated on home turf.
The Roosters now turn their attention to the Dragons at Allianz Stadium in the same time slot next Sunday, in what will be a blockbuster and one not to be missed.
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