Pow­er­house Roost­ers blow War­riors off the park

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - DEAN RITCHIE

A TWIN­KLE- toed full­back, two blis­ter­ing cen­tres, classy halves, mas­sive front- rowers, worka­holic back­row­ers, Ori­gin stars, as­tute and hon­est coach, big- match play­ers, win­ning cul­ture, big bench, great at­ti­tude.

Yep, the Syd­ney Roost­ers are back and ready for yet another tilt at the ti­tle they se­cured so bril­liantly in 2014.

Yesterday, the Roost­ers made a state­ment to the NRL: We’re ready.

They are a beau­ti­fully bal­anced side that can over­come any op­po­si­tion side. The Roost­ers were clin­i­cal in a 24- 0 drub­bing of fel­low top- four as­pi­rant, New Zealand War­riors at Al­lianz Sta­dium yesterday.

The War­riors were left in no doubt what level they must at­tain to win the premier­ship.

It was a highly ef­fec­tive shut- out by a side that could easily have posted 40 points. The Roost­ers will be there deep into Septem­ber, no doubt.

They may even carry the hopes of all NSW given the form of Queens­land sides Bris­bane and the Cowboys.

Any side that keeps the free- flow­ing War­riors score­less de­serves ap­plause.

“Keep­ing them score­less, the way they have been at­tack­ing, the way we pres­sured and moved, guys made re­ally good in­di­vid­ual de­ci­sions,” Roost­ers coach Trent Robin­son said.

“There was some re­ally good stuff when we tran­si­tioned into at­tack and we went af­ter them. I like the free­dom we played with.”

The Roost­ers blew New Zealand away yesterday.

Tries came in the 22nd, 26th and 32nd min­utes, the home side lead­ing 18- 0 at half- time. It was game over.

Cen­tre Blake Fer­gu­son was men­ac­ing, full­back Roger Tuiv­asa- Sheck was dan­ger­ous, James Maloney was strong.

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