That’s all from us for the blog tonight. Every week the Roosters seem to lose another player or two to injury, every week you keep wondering is it really going to matter?
For all his try-scoring heroics, Matt Ikuvalu might not have even been the best Rooster on the park tonight. That performance from Siosiua Taukeiaho (213 metres and 39 tackles) in a 64-minute stint was unbelievable.
It doesn’t matter how many injuries they have, there just seems another bloke willing to step up and lead from the front. Not surprisingly, James Tedesco led allcomers with 262 metres. They just keep on keeping on.
Jason Taumalolo charged for 208 metres and Josh McGuire had 199 for the Cowboys.
Next week? The Roosters will be readying themselves for the grand final rematch against the Raiders on Thursday night at the SCG. The Cowboys will head to Sydney to take on the high-flying Panthers.
After they featured in one of the best club matches we’ve seen in the last decade last week, this has to be one of the more bizarre ones. The Cowboys should have led 8-0 in the first half after Kyle Feldt’s shocking missed penalty attempt, and the Roosters made them pay.
Jake Friend was the only big concern for the Roosters out of the match for itself after suffering a head knock and failing his HIA in the first half.
I’m not sure what tonight will do for Cowboys coach Paul Green, who must be feeling some heat. Despite that win against Newcastle a fortnight ago, his team has been trounced in every other match the past month. Expect a torrid week in Townsville for the premiership-winning coach.
That’s it. How does poor old Ryan Hall feel? He thinks he’s scored his first NRL try right at the death with the other winger scoring five, but it’s called back for a forward pass. At least he can see the funny side.
Wow, what a flogging. The Roosters really turned on the afterburners in the second half and run out huge 42-16 winners with unheralded winger Matt Ikuvalu crossing for five (yes, five) tries. And he was only called into the team in the warm-up after Brett Morris’ injury.
The Cowboys? Their defence is shambolic. I don’t know where they go. Valentine Holmes only lasted until half-time with his bad ankle, but that’s the least of their worries. Their edge defence was terrible.
“Some of the missed tackles tonight was like under-10s stuff,” Andrew Johns tells Nine.
Well, well, well. The Cowboys have another one. It’s nothing more than a consolation, but Reece Robson grabs a double with a barge over from close range.
Kyle Feldt adds the extras, but it’s still 42-16 with just a couple of minutes left.
It’s still hard to wipe the smile from the Roosters’ faces though…
Guess what? Nah, it’s not Matt Ikuvalu. It’s not even the Roosters this time actually.
It’s Coen Hess of the Cowboys who charges over Kyle Flanagan, who does his best to hold on but can’t stop the ex-State of Origin back-rower. A good big man will always beat a good little man in that situation.
Kyle Feldt skews his kick wide though. The Roosters still lead 42-10 with just on six minutes left.
He hasn’t scored in the last six minutes…
Surely not? It’s that man again. Matt Ikuvalu has five tries!
I don’t think I’ve written anything else in this blog other than Ikuvalu scoring tries. This time Luke Keary kicks for the winger and he soars above Ben Hampton for the easiest try. Can we please get a shot of Brett Morris in the sheds? If his groin wasn’t already hurting, I’m tipping it’s hurting a bit more after watching his replacement carve up.
Kyle Flanagan misses to the near side this time. I reckon that blade of grass he’s put the kicking tee has been worn out.
The Roosters lead 42-6 with 14 minutes left. It’s been more than 70 years since we’ve had a player score six tries in a top flight game.
Please tell me I’m dreaming. Matt Ikuvalu has four tries. Four tries! The bloke wasn’t even supposed to be playing tonight.
This time it’s Kyle Flanagan finding the winger in a bit of space and he shrugs off Ben Hampton. We’ve still got a bit less than 20 minutes to go and who’s to say he won’t get one or two more.
Kyle Flanagan makes up for his earlier misses from the same spot. It’s 38-6 to the Roosters.
And yes, the Cowboys did lead 6-0 not too long before half-time.
Now there’s more trouble for the Cowboys with Scott Drinkwater down in backplay with a knee problem. He’s getting strapped up and is going to try to keep playing. You can’t really feel sorry for the Cowboys though when you compare it to the Roosters’ injury toll.