The Sydney Roosters battled their way to a 12-10 win against the Brisbane Broncos at Allianz Stadium last night.
The game began fiercely with both forward packs making good metres and the contest was in the balance for the first 10 minutes.
The scoreboard opened when Rooster's Five-Eighth, James Maloney slotting a penalty goal, giving the home side a slight advantage. With the Roosters 2-0 up and in possession, Roosters enforcer, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves fell awkwardly in a tackle and was left on the turf in agony. He was assisted off and was rubbed out of the game.
Four minutes later, the Roosters were hit again with injury worries as half-back, Mitchell Pearce went down clutching his leg as he attempted to catch a pass from his hooker, Jake Friend. Pearce was also ruled out of the game. Roosters down to 16 men.
The injury crisis which hit the competition favourites did not cause the team to implode. In the 30th minute, the home side showcased a clinical set piece move which saw Rooster winger, Brendan Elliot cross over and Maloney sinking the conversion to put his side 8 points in front. The Roosters dominated possession for the rest of the half but could not break the Broncos defence. The score remained the same at half time.
The second half began where the first left off and the visitors replied with a try within the first five minutes. Broncos winger, Jordan Kahu flu through the air past Elliot to plant the ball in the in goal area to give his side four points. However, the Roosters replied instantly when Boyd Cordner chased a Maloney grubber and was able to ground the ball. 12-6
The game went tip for tap and Broncos managed to score another try but could not prevail and went down by two points.
The Roosters have now won nine in a row and sit on equal competition points with Brisbane and North Queensland. With two rounds left, the Sydney Roosters could become minor premiers three years runnning, a feat achieved by only three other clubs. The tri-colours will travel to Brookvale Oval to square off against the Manly Sea Eagles this Friday night.
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