Roosters v Warriors: Five key points

The return of the Bondi Wall, Warriors aren't buying the hype, and Ferguson continues to amaze. The key points to come from the Roosters' Round 19 win over the Warriors.

Report: Roosters shut out in-form Warriors

 

Roosters happiest with their defence

There were many positives for coach Trent Robinson to take out of his side's big win on Sunday afternoon. 

His front-row rotation was dominant, his backs were clinical and his star-studded side came out of the clash unscathed by injury.

But the best part of the Roosters' display was keeping an exciting Warriors team to zero points, according to Robinson.

"I thought obviously keeping them scoreless the way that they've been attacking," he said when asked about the most pleasing aspect of the win.

"I thought the way we pressured and moved, and guys made really good individual decisions."

Robinson's side has now conceded just 72 points in eight home games to date.

 

 

Warriors content with the way they finished

Things could have gone horribly wrong after the Roosters crossed just two minutes into the second half to extend their lead to 24-0.

But from there on out, the Warriors bravely held the Roosters out, a fact that pleased their coach Andrew McFadden.

"It certainly wasn't a complete disaster," he said.

"I think the way we finished the game it could have completely got away from us in the second half but I thought there was still lots of desperation. 

"There were probably a few little battles I thought we might have won at the end of the game in possession but we just unfortunately in the first half wasted our possession. 

"They came up with a couple of tries off kicks and a bit of class and against the Roosters at 18-0, that's a lot of scoreboard pressure. 

"What's most important is that we didn't disintegrate in the second half."

The Roosters are building nicely

With seven games remaining in season 2015, the Tricolours currently sit well within the Telstra Premiership's top four.

After a slow start to the season, it's a position that coach Robinson is happy with.

"I've said it all year, I thought we've been in a really good space all year," he said. 

"Probably a little bit tired at the start of the year in those first rounds - five to eight.

"Then we came out of it and we're playing some good footy.

"[We] clawed our way back into the competition and we've played two good games out of the bye, and we've got a bit of a balance there with 'Jenko' [Michael Jennings] and 'Fergo' [Blake Ferguson] happening.

"We're in a good position, [I'm] happy with where we are."

Kiwis weren't buying the hype

Coming into Sunday afternoon's encounter sitting pretty in fourth place on the competition ladder, the Warriors have been one of the form teams in recent weeks.

However they got knocked down a notch or two by a sizzling Roosters outfit. 

But skipper Simon Mannering didn't think the result had anything to do with complacency.

"I don't know if it was a bit of complacency, I don't think so," Mannering said.

"Within the team we weren't buying into what was said outside.

"We're still very realistic with what's happening with the competition this year, it's so close it doesn't matter where you're sitting on the table eight weeks out from the finals you've got to worry about that when it comes to September.

"For us we'll definitely be keeping our heads down and thinking about our own game and preparation and not considering what's happening outside of the team."

 

 

'Fergo' a shining light in testing time for the Roosters club

With Shaun Kenny-Dowall missing from this week's Roosters team, and Michael Jennings set to appear in court in coming days, the Roosters are going through a trying time off the field.

But on the field, a shining example of the support and regrowth the club can also offer was on show in the form of Blake Ferguson, who had a blinder against the Warriors.

"I was really happy with our club when I was thinking about 'Fergo' this week," Robinson said.

"I've learnt some lessons about what a human being can do when they decide to do something and the way they can take some hard lessons in their life and transform it and what a club can do for a player as well."

Asked about the welfare of Kenny-Dowall, the Roosters coach said the club will be offering him their full support.

"He's doing it tough at the moment," Robinson said.