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Sydney Roosters sound NRL title alarm by defeating Brisbane Broncos


If carnage was the order of the day with out the ball, it was cruise management with it for the Chooks.

A sluggish Broncos line was by no means actually up to the mark and the Roosters took full benefit, commonly marching 60, 70 and 80 metres in units that didn’t function the dealing with errors that stay of their sport.

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It’s these acquainted fumbles that stay arguably the largest query mark to a good greater question: Is that this the yr a staff wins the premiership from exterior the highest 4?

When the Roosters are flying, with Walker and Suaalii in live performance with Joey Manu and James Tedesco, they mount a compelling case for the prosecution.

Particularly so once they’re doing their factor behind the brute pressure generated by Radley, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, mid-season signing Matt Lodge and the soon-to-return Siosiua Taukeiaho.

Even with Nathan Cleary twiddling his thumbs till finals, premiership front-runners Penrith and the resurgent North Queensland and Cronulla can after all argue simply as compellingly for the defence.

But having entered 2022 alongside the Panthers as premiership favourites, the Roosters seemed fairly the half, lastly, as they claimed their fourth straight win.

It nonetheless solely lifts them to seventh on the ladder. South Sydney can reclaim that slot by downing the Warriors on Saturday. The Raiders may even be part of Robinson’s outfit on 22 factors in the event that they upset Penrith.

However with a Nat Butcher double coming both aspect of half-time and the Broncos solely in a position to reply by an Oates double and a late Kurt Capewell salvo, the Roosters’ run is one that may’t be ignored.

So too, the lesson Brisbane had been handed a month out from the finals, with back-to-back losses trigger for concern reasonably than outright alarm.

Queensland icon Cameron Smith argued the Broncos had been “spooked” by the Roosters’ physicality and it was arduous to argue in any other case – particularly as repeated errors got here from a again line mild on expertise.

The Roosters themselves have farewelled loads of finals know-how in recent times because the likes of Luke Keary, Manu and Walker work their combos in actual time.

As has been the case with Robinson sides in recent times although, it’s a run that appears bloody-well timed to say the least.

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