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

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