Winning big moments impresses Robinson
Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson put the come-from-behind victory over the North Queensland Cowboys down to senior players coming up with the big plays in pivotal moments.
The Cowboys took a 16-6 lead into the break on the back of three consecutive tries, but Robinson maintained his side remained calm on focussing on turning the scoreboard around.
It resulted in a 15-minute blitz as the tricolours levelled up the scores, before a Luke Keary try on the back of a wave of momentum in the second half secured the win.
"It took a pretty impressive second half to beat them," Robinson said post-game.
"They've been in really good form and have shown that.
"We were disappointing in that first half, we started well but didn't sustain much pressure. Our discipline was poor but then outstanding in the second half and we went after those moments."
Despite trailing by 10 points at the break, Robinson felt the tide would turn on the back of an improved second half, but the response he got from his side proved even better.
They completed 20 of 21 sets to finish the game – a statistic that would go a long way to winning any half of football.
Senior players Mitchell Aubusson and Blake Ferguson were both credited for their contributions in delivering when it mattered.
"The boys looked good at half-time and had energy, but we just didn't play how we wanted to play and that was a credit to North Queensland, they dictated to us," Robinson said.
"But we just got back on track to how we wanted to play them and started well followed by the big moments where others jumped on board.
"We had a couple of guys feel the momentum and they decided to do something about it which was really pleasing at this time of the year.
"The whole team followed suit and it's been a while since I've seen that so it was impressive."
The lowlight for Roosters fans came in the 32nd minute when Cowboys back-rower Coen Hess was ruled to have scored a try when there was insufficient evidence to suggest otherwise.
While the Bunker couldn't find enough evidence to overturn the original on-field decision, Robinson insisted the side have learnt to move on from controversial decisions quickly.
"That [Hess try] was disappointing but we knew if we reacted to stuff we couldn't control we would've been in trouble so it was pretty calm at half-time," he said.
"It's hard because we don't get enough angles but he didn't get it down for mine. I think there was enough to say he didn't but we can't control too much of that."
The Roosters are within reach of finishing the 2017 season on top of the Telstra Premiership ladder, and take on the Sea Eagles and competition leaders Melbourne over the next fortnight.
Robinson was not overly fussed when quizzed on the prospect of finishing on top of the competition after 26 rounds but rather ensuring his side was well placed in the top four.
"Finishing in the top four is important in our game, it statistically shows that," he said.
"Good form and keeping up the ladder is what we want to continue to do - the minor premiership is not important to us at all."