SPORT Cronk the cream on top as Roosters big men pound Warriors
A CLASSY Cooper Cronk and a barnstorming Jared WaereaHargreaves helped the Roosters rediscover their mojo in attack yesterday with a comprehensive 32-0 victory over the New Zealand Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
The Roosters ran in five tries to record their sixth win of the year in punching style.
Without playmakers Shaun Johnson and Issac Luke, the Warriors’ attack floundered.
Cronk was brilliant, playing a role in three tries to steer the Tricolours to their first win over the Warriors since 2015.
Importantly, the win came just five weeks after the Warriors smashed Trent Robinson’s men 30-6 at Allianz Stadium.
The Roosters put the round 4 performance aside to ruthlessly dispose of the Warriors.
Cronk and halves partner Luke Keary provided direction and polish, but the Tricolours’ big men laid the platform. New Zealand-born bookend Waerea-Hargreaves led with a mammoth 160 running metres from 16 runs off the bench.
A rampaging JWH was sent to the sin bin in the closing minutes, but his hot form opened the door for the Roosters’ backs to run riot.
Star recruit James Tedesco delivered one of his better games for the Tricolours with a try and 197 running metres.
Blake Ferguson continued his solid form with a try and 177 running metres, while centre Latrell Mitchell did his NSW Origin chances no harm with a strong effort. SYDNEY NZ WARRIORS