A six-try romp against the Melbourne Storm is usually cause for celebration but Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson says his team still has a lot of work to do.
The defending NRL champions rolled the Storm 32-12 at AAMI Park on Sunday in a case of being too big, fast and hungry for the home side.
Robinson still picked plenty of holes in his team’s performance.
“I feel like we’re going OK but we need to improve still,” he said.
“We gave up too much ball to the opposition and some small defensive things that we’ve got to keep on top of.”
The Roosters halves James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce made another statement about their NSW State of Origin omission, with Maloney having a hand in most of his team’s four-pointers.
Two of the tries were scored by ageless skipper Anthony Minichiello, who opened and closed their tally.
The powerhouse Roosters forwards, led by Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and hooker Jake Friend, made too many quick, easy metres up the middle with speedsters Michael Jennings and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck doing damage out wide.
Waerea-Hargreaves was put on report in the 21st minute for a high tackle which sparked a melee and resulted in Roosters lock Frank-Paul Nuuausala and Storm prop Bryan Norrie being put in the sin-bin.
The Storm went into the match without injured superstars Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater.
Ben Hampton filled Cronk’s halfback role but an ineffective kicking game left the home side struggling for options.
Trailing 16-0 at halftime, they didn’t get across the tryline until the 48th minute when Ben Roberts was brought into the halves and set up a try for winger Mahe Fonua.
Just when it appeared a Storm comeback was on the cards, Maloney sent the ball wide to Tuivasa-Sheck who showed dazzling footwork to cross in the corner and push the lead out to 14 points.
A Sonny Bill Williams try soon after put the result beyond doubt.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy said his team’s 41 missed tackles made it a tough day at the office.
He did however make mention of diminutive Storm fullback Kurt Mann, who was rewarded for a stand-out game with a late try.
“The effort at times was really good but our execution, especially defensively, was poor,” Bellamy said.
“We’re struggling with a lack of personnel but we’re making it a lot harder on ourselves than we should be.
“It’s a frustrating time but we’ve just to keep our nose to the grindstone and work our way out of it.”
Compounding the home side’s misery forward Mitch Garbutt suffered a grade three medial ligament tear and will miss six to eight weeks.