Robinson full of praise for pack's defence
Roosters coach Trent Robinson has applauded the collective effort of his forwards following the side's 32-0 romp of the Warriors in Auckland.
With five unanswered tries, the Roosters attack is finally clicking, but it was their defence which caught the coach's eye on Saturday night.
Holding the high-flying Warriors to zero points was the most pleasing aspect about his side's sixth win of the year, and Robinson credited his forwards for winning the battle in the middle.
"It was a good defensive performance first and foremost, keeping them to zero was very pleasing for us. I felt like we left some points out there on attack to be honest," he said.
"Isolating those guys (the forwards), I felt like the pack played like a Roosters pack tonight and that was a performance that we wanted."
The Tricolours finished with more than 200 more metres gained than the Warriors, and their line speed contributing to some of the home side's 16 errors.
Captain Boyd Cordner said his side knew the match would be won up front, and he was pleased with how his team-mates responded.
"We were really focused all week on trying to build our season. Everyone knows how hard it is to win over here (Auckland) and to get the win against a quality outfit was pleasing," he said.
"We knew their forward pack had been powerful and potent all year.
"Keeping them scoreless was the most pleasing thing tonight. It's a really important part of our game and something we really believe in. Although it was good, of course, to see our attack gel and get some points, the defence tonight was certainly the most pleasing thing."
Prop Dylan Napa was a one man wrecking ball for the visitors all night, with several jarring hits swinging momentum and causing errors.
Cordner said he was just glad to have the front-rower on his side.
"Some of those shots from him, they're really big momentum shifters," he said.
"Just the energy it gives us as a team, it helps and that's why we have a guy like Dylan Napa in our team and that's why he is the player that he is.
"I'm lucky enough not to play against him week in week out, but I know he puts that fear in the opposition they sort of look for him in the defensive line."
The Roosters now turn their attention to Friday night when they will take on the Broncos.