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NRL 2020 LIVE: Sydney Roosters belt Brisbane Broncos 59-0 in rout

That’s all from us on a record-breaking night. The T R Y on my keyboard desperately needs a rest. Remember when I tipped the Roosters by 8 tonight at the start of the blog? Bizarrely, I would have been closer if I said 80.

Enjoy your weekend … and keep a thought for Ben Te’o, announced as Brisbane’s new signing about an hour before kick-off tonight.

It doesn’t get much easier for the Broncos either next week. They’re due to play Des Hasler’s Sea Eagles, a side looming as a genuine premiership threat from what we’ve seen so far this season. It will be a massive week of soul searching for Brisbane, who even without David Fifita, Tevita Pangai jnr and Kotoni Staggs were absolutely awful tonight.

The Roosters will play the Bulldogs, who could be heading into that match off the back of an 0-4 start if they can’t beat the Dragons on Monday.

That last two minutes told you everything you need to know about the Roosters. Brisbane peppered their line and Trent Robinson’s side refused to buckle, keeping their opponents scoreless.

It will be one enjoyable plane ride home tonight for the tricolours and maybe their biggest statement yet after last year’s grand finalists, Canberra, were installed as premiership favourites.

Kyle Flanagan races away for the Roosters.

Kyle Flanagan races away for the Roosters.Credit:AAP

Thank goodness that’s done. One of the most lopsided matches of rugby league you will ever see as the Roosters belt the Broncos 59-0 at Suncorp Stadium. It’s the largest ever loss in Brisbane’s decorated history and the first time they’ve ever been kept scoreless at their fortress.

Unbelievable. And to think the two-time defending premiers didn’t have James Tedesco, arguably the world’s best player.

Stop it, please just stop it. The Roosters bust the Broncos line down the left with Josh Morris setting up Luke Keary who finds Brett Morris ghosting up the middle just at the right time.

Kyle Flanagan kicks the conversion for 59-0. Again, fifty-nine-to-nil.

And if it stays like this, it will be a new record for the heaviest loss in the Broncos’ history – after their 58-0 capitulation to the Eels in the finals last year. Always knew Anthony Seibold was going to take them to a new level in 2020…

Victor Radley leaves the field for the Roosters, his arm almost pulled out of its socket when it was twisted and caught underneath Anthony Milford in a tackle. That was ugly, really ugly. Yet somehow he didn’t look in too much pain leaving the field. Let’s hope he’s OK.

Raise the bat. There’s the half century. Daniel Tupou is on the end of a quick catch-and-pass move to the left and scores virtually untouched for the Roosters.

Kyle Flanagan kicks the conversion. It’s 53-0 with eight minutes to go.

Stat flash: the Broncos have never been held to nil at Suncorp Stadium. And don’t mention the 58-0 … me thinks it’s about to be broken.

Forget he’s probably really a Queenslander, but surely this is the year Luke Keary becomes a Blue? It’s a long way to State of Origin which will be played after the NRL season this year, yet he couldn’t be much more impressive tonight.

Serious question: what does Anthony Seibold say to his side tonight? They’ve been thrashed in two straight weeks by serious title contenders in the Eels and Roosters. I’d love to see an old school spray, but I’m not sure what it would achieve with such a young and inexperienced side. Ben Te’o’s going to need to be a miracle worker at this rate.

Luke Keary scores for the Roosters.

Luke Keary scores for the Roosters.Credit:AAP

Guess who? Angus Crichton gets his second, the Roosters their billionth try tonight (eight, if you’re counting). It’s a little scoot from dummy-half on the last tackle. He didn’t think for one moment about passing it to his halves on the final play.

Kyle Flanagan doesn’t miss. Roosters lead 47-0 and there’s still 15 minutes to go.

Yep, the sun’s going to rise tomorrow. The Roosters are in again. It’s scrappy, the ball comes out the back on the left and Luke Keary picks it up before drifting across field and finding a marauding Lindsay Collins. Reminder: it’s 13 Roosters on 12 Broncos at at the moment.

Kyle Flanagan converts from in front. It’s 41-0 and we have 20 – yes, 20! – minutes still to go.

The Broncos behind their tryline after another Roosters four-pointer.

The Broncos behind their tryline after another Roosters four-pointer.Credit:AAP

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