Patience will be required
THE Sydney Roosters have never liked taking baby steps.
Ruthless towards results and winning premierships, the Bondi-firm demand success last week — not today.
Coaches, even club legends, are sacked and 11-year clubmen can be moved on, if the Ws don’t come.
The premiership favourites lost yesterday to the wooden spoon favourites, the Wests Tigers.
The Roosters played like they were trying to run before they could walk. Despite having never played a minute of NRL together, the spine of Cooper Cronk, Mitch Cornish, Jake Friend and James Tedesco were expected to click, gel and punish the Tigers.
The gun halfback Cronk couldn’t have done much more to get the Roosters home. He kicked a 40/20, shoved his forwards into position and was feverishly busy in defence. The swagger was also there, but Smith and Slater weren’t. And it showed.
Tigers coach Ivan Cleary’s homework on Cronk paid off, with his outside men slamming the door on almost every attacking play that resulted in the footy getting to Tedesco.
“Sooner rather than later,’’ Roosters coach Trent Robinson said, when asked how long will it before his attacking combinations click.
“They’ve had enough time together, but as you saw we didn’t execute well enough.’’
By no means would Robinson be panicked. But in the end, it showed us all — even the Eastern Suburbs hierarchy — that the hottest roster in the NRL will need something the club has never been good at taking.
Roosters' Cooper Cronk.