Last Time Played: Roosters v Raiders

Sydney Roosters v Canberra Raiders
Round 17, 2011
Allianz Stadium

The Raiders carved the chooks up to the tune of 38-12 in a seven-tries-to-two rout at Allianz Stadium in Round 17 last year.

Six Raiders players bagged tries, with centre Jarrod Croker snaring a double. The visitors scored on the end of their first set and led 18-12 at halftime – but realistically should have been much further ahead given they had a full nine sets more than the Roosters (who were missing Mitchell Pearce and Nate Myles to Origin duty). That weight of possession and the increased tackling workload paid in the second 40 as the Green Machine piled on 20 unanswered points. Blake Ferguson’s second-half try was a highlight: the winger showed excellent hands to pull in a pass from behind his body, chipped ahead over the defence and got a dream bounce to score. Ferguson was a standout, running 210 metres.

Five-eighth Josh McCrone laid on three try assists, with halves partner Sam Williams chiming in with two of his own. The bad news for the Roosters is that the loss was incurred with Josh Dugan sidelined for the Raiders.