Roosters shut out in-form Warriors
The Sydney Roosters have won their fifth straight match in dominant fashion, completely overpowering and outplaying the New Zealand Warriors to claim a 24-0 victory at a sunny Allianz Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The big Tricolours pack asserted their dominance through the middle of the field, with their powerful forwards wearing the Warriors pack out with huge hits in defence, and powerful runs with the ball in hand.
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Dylan Napa, Sam Moa and Sio Siua Taukeiaho in particular were immense all afternoon, creating ample time and space for the Roosters' dangerous outside backs to pile the points on.
The Warriors fought hard all afternoon, and were well in the game in the opening 20 minutes.
However just keeping up with the Chooks for that long clearly exhausted them, as they started to open up in defence from midway through the first half.
Shaun Johnson was roughed up early by the Roosters and struggled to have his usual impact thereafter.
Blake Ferguson meanwhile was strong for the Tricolours, despite going down late in the first half with a leg injury, his ability with ball in hand posing constant issues for the Warriors defence.
The Roosters put their first points on the scoreboard in the 21st minute.
A high tackle from David Fusitu'a handed the men from Bondi a repeat set near the line, which they would capitalise on as Aidan Guerra claimed a nice grubber early in the set from Jake Friend on the goal-line.
They would immediately set to work extending that advantage, scoring off their next possession as a mid-field penalty provided great attacking position once again.
This time Ferguson was the star, showcasing his awesome ball-running ability by throwing off Solomone Kata before spinning over the line.
An amazing solo effort from Roger Tuivasa-Scheck provided the Roosters a commanding 18-nil half-time advantage.
Against his future teammates, the exciting fullback chased down a well-placed attacking bomb and leapt above Sam Tomkins who was powerless to stop his more athletic opposite number rising above him and claiming the ball right on top of the goal-line.
Immediately after the resumption of the second half, the Chooks put points on the scoreboard once again, as Maloney supported a Michael Jennings break on the inside to finish off a long-range movement.
Following Maloney's fourth conversion from as many attempts, the scoreboard sat at 24-nil, as it would remain for the following 38 minutes until fulltime.
The match slowly decreased in intensity over the final half hour, as the Roosters strangled their opposites out of the match.
After holding their opposition scoreless, the Chooks have now conceded just 72 points in eight home games to date.
They remain in third position on the ladder, while the Warriors are bumped out of the top four to sit in seventh position.
Sydney Roosters 24 (Guerra, Ferguson, Tuivasa-Sheck, Maloney tries; Maloney 4 goals) defeated New Zealand Warriors 0 at Allianz Stadium. Crowd: 16,301.