The tricolours have atoned for last week’s heartbreaking loss to the Broncos, by destroying the Titans in the second half in Gosford. Trailing 14-6 at the break, the Chooks scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to secure a well deserved victory. Here are five things we learned from the match:
1 Game of two halves
This match was truly a game of two halves, as the Titans had been playing slick footy to deservedly lead 14-6 at the interval. Continuing on from their dramatic victory over the Knights last week, the men from the holiday strip were playing an entertaining brand of footy, by throwing the ball around and creating loads of opportunities for themselves. It could even be said that they should have been further ahead at the break, if not for a disallowed try to Anthony Don in the first half.
However, the second half was a completely different story, as the Titans not only allowed the Roosters back into the match, but they succumbed rather meekly to an energetic Chooks outfit. Subsequently, the tricolours posted 28 an answered points, en route to a 34-14 victory. Moreover, the likes of NSW hopefuls, James Tedesco and Blake Ferguson had absolute blinders in the second half, as Teddy had collected a try and Fergo had bounced back from an earlier error to produce some strong carries. Both Fergie and Teddy had staked their claims for a place in the Blues lineup for the first Origin match.
For the Titans, they could find themselves dropping down to 14th place by the conclusion of this round if the Bulldogs are able to upset the Tigers in their match.
2 Cordner justifies his selection as Blues skipper
Over the last week or so, former NSW coach Phil (Gus) Gould was rather vociferous in calling for incumbent Blues skipper Boyd Cordner to be completely omitted from Origin selection. However, new Blues coach, Brad (Freddy) Fittler had stood by Cordner, by naming him as the skipper for the Blues. Cordner would also go on the record and say that Gus’ comments had stung him. And for the first half, it seemed that Gould’s comments may have had some merit to them, as Cordner and his team seemed rather uncertain.
However, the second half was a completely different story, as the Roosters ran riot over the Titans to record an impressive victory. Leading by example was their skipper, Boyd Cordner, who made 120 metres from 11 hit ups, had 1 try assist and made 33 tackles. This shows that Fittler had good reason to select Cordner as his skipper, and that Cordner gives us the reason for his worthiness for his position as Blues skipper.
3 Sin-binning the turning point?
With the scores locked at 14-all in the 51st minute and the Roosters on the attack, Titans halfback, Ash Taylor was sent to the sin bin for what appeared to be a professional foul. From there, the avalanche of points from the Chooks would come, as they were also able to prevent the Titans from adding to their halftime score.
As well as the Taylor sin-binning, the ill-discipline cost the Titans dearly, as they would eventually concede 11 penalties to their opponents’ 8. Given the timing of the bulk of the Roosters’ points being scored coinciding with Taylor being given his marching orders, it does make us wonder if the Titans have issues with maintaining their discipline...
4 Turning point of the Roosters’ season?
It’s no secret that the Roosters are nowhere near where they would like to be right now, given how precariously placed they were in the top eight, heading into this match (8th position, to be precise). Moreover, they were on six wins and five losses prior to this match. As such, this victory sees them improve their position on the ladder to sixth, with seven wins from 12 matches.
Some commentators on the radio have suggested that this rather impressive victory may be a turning point of their season. And looking at their draw for the second half of the season, these commentators could be onto something. With eight of their next twelve opponents being placed in the bottom half of the ladder, there is an abundance of opportunities for the Chooks to pick up some valuable points as they endeavour to climb up the ladder.
5 Gosford demons exorcised
Another statistic that many may not be aware of is that the Roosters have won only three times at Gosford in twelve matches. Those victories came in their first three matches there against the Northern Eagles, Cowboys and Raiders in 2000, 2004 and 2005, respectively. However, they would lose their next nine matches at the Central Coast against the Knights, Storm, Titans, Broncos, Warriors and Sharks. This means that their Gosford drought has been going for over a decade.
This victory over the Titans was undoubtedly valuable for the Roosters. Not only did it improve their ladder position and give them two precious competition points, but it meant that they were able to exorcize the demons of being unable to win at Gosford that had been plaguing them since 2005.
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