by THE DOC
Ikuvalu, Keary and Tedesco perfect 10 as Roosters rampant
|The defending premiers show no signs of slowing down and destroyed the Cowboys with their slick attack, they dominated possession and it's hard not seeing them retain the title when they are playing like this. Matt Ikuvalu scored 5 tries in place of the injured Brett Morris. While the injury toil amps up the Roosters still find ways to win with the troops at their disposal, and with the form of Luke Keary and James Tedesco NSW fans might be licking their lips at the prospect of having the Roosters duo for the State of Origin.
Honestly, there's too many to call but three players will get the shout out, James Tedesco who is honestly just getting better and better, Luke Keary the best Five-Eighth in the league and Matt Ikuvalu scoring 5 tries after only being drafted into the team due to injury. The entire team is playing so well anytime they do play bad you just know they'll find a way to win regardless.
Another injury and this time to the wonder twin Brett Morris, while on the evidence of Ikuvalu scoring 5 that he might not be missed it's a blow nonetheless to Trent Robinson's team.
Coach Rating 10- Trent Robinson is by far the best coach in the league and to manage the injury toll-like he has shows how good he is, as a coach and what a call it was to call Matt Ikuvalu into the team this man has his eyes on creating history with arguably the best team in the division.
Player Ratings 1-10. 10= THE BEST
Fullback James Tedesco 10- 231 Run Metres, 1 Line Break, 2 Line Break Assists, 2 Try Assists, 7 Tackle Breaks. This was vintage Teddy and this is why he is the best player in the world and the number 1 for both State and Country, the Cowboys couldn't handle the pace he brought and his ability to create a try from nothing makes him the complete player. That second half was almost video game-like.
Left Winger Ryan Hall 6- Despite everyone bashing Englands Record Try Scorer for being invisible the Roosters didn't need him to do anything except making his runs and defend well, and he did all of that and still managed 127 metres, keep in mind the Roosters went to the right of the field every attack it was hard to see Hall scoring when Keary directed them down the right edge.
Left Centre Josh Morris 7- 4 Tackle Breaks, yet still only ran for 89 metres all match (and everyone says Hall was invisible). Like his winger partner, he barely saw little of ball attack wise and likely suffered due to one Matt Ikuvalu's performance the night.
Right Centre Joseph Manu 8- Arguably can be said the best right centre of the league, his ability to beat 2 or more defenders and still managed to get the offload away and pass in tight spaces is one of the main reasons why whoever is outside him on the right-winger to always score. 2 Line Break Assists and 2 Try Assists on a complete performance
Right Winger Matt Ikuvalu 10- He might not be a flashy but he's finally come good after quietly performing and on this performance, Tonga coach Kristian Woolf should take notice of him and give him a call up for the Pacific Islanders. If he had scored a hat-trick it would have been brilliant but 5 tries is unreal even if half of them were simple put-downs but you can only score against what is in front of you and he did just that. 7 Tackle Breaks for him as well, extremely effective replacement
Five-Eighth Luke Keary 10- All Roosters and NSW want is for this man to fit and ready throughout the rest of the season, scored 2 tries and that pace of his is unbelievable.and his control of the team is second to none. The best in his position bar none.
Halfback Kyle Flanagan 7- Has quietly gone about his development in this star-studded team and taken each game to build himself in confidence and was solid from the conversions slotting 5 from 8 of his kicks. Very solid defensively and has been the perfect foil for Keary so far this season.
Prop Jared Warea-Hargreaves 6- Wasn't that massive this week but seems his coach had an eye on not losing any more key players as he only remained on the pitch for the first half an hour, got through plenty of defensive work and was solid throughout his limited time.
Hooker Jake Friend 7- You know what you get from the wily veteran when he plays, crisp service from dummy half, strong defense and organization of the line though like Hargreaves Robinson made him alternate between taking a rest on the bench to prevent injury to his veteran Hooker.
Prop Siosiua Taukeiaho 9- Was the dominant front-row forward and ran for 195 metres and was a menace to the Cowboys defense, the creation of that try for Sitili Tupouniua was forward play at its best and dummying and getting through Coen Hess is no mean feat and timing that offload wasn't easy at all.
Second Row Angus Crichton 9- What a rejuvenation it has been for the big back-rower, he's been consistent and powerful all season so far and defensively perfect with a 100% completion rate of his tackles and running over 100 metres. Might just be able to force his way back into NSW contention on this form.
Second Row Mitchell Aubusson 6- Wasn't at his vintage best but the way the rest of the team is playing he didn't have to be, was defensively impressive with over 90% of his tackles completed and made several good carries though remained in first gear for much of the game.
Lock Nat Butcher 7- Over 100 metres ran all match, a defensive powerhouse and proved that he's as good a deputy for Victor Radley for Roosters not to miss the enforcer too much though likely lacks the ball playing of the former.
Lachlan Lam 7- Not his best position but did a very good job in relieving the veteran Jake Friend and showed good handling skills and a real connection with his halves and forwards, should expect plenty more game time with Roosters injury toll.
Sitili Tupouniua 7- Off the bench and scores, a wonderful try ran some good lines, and was generally at the heart of everything the halves did right and was very good defensively.
Lindsay Collins 7- This kid is something special, came off the bench, and was complete menace breaking tackles and got the assist for Luke Keary's second try. Collins might just be the wildcard for Roosters in their ever-growing forward pack and Queensland in the State of Origin.