Keary drives, Radley bleeds as Roosters descends into the Broncos

Luke Keary pulled off his best performance of the year to sack the Sydney Roosters for a pivotal 34-16 win over the Brisbane Broncos that kept the Chooks in pole position for the top eight.

It was a victory based on Keary’s skill and courage Victor Radley, who made it through a horrible cut to set the tone on defense and play effectively with the ball on offense.

In his third game, returning from a long spell out with concussion symptoms, Keary was at the center of everything good for his team.

He made two tries, made several crucial contributions that could have led to more points and scored a well-deserved final score to seal the win. Notably, he returned in the 6 jumper and played as a pure five-eighth.

Sam Walker, who took on the role of midfielder while Keary was out, did most of the work on the kicks, organization and setting, with his partner authorized to create offensive form.

James Tedesco, as always, was also excellent, contributing 215m and producing a spectacular assist for the try that kicked off the score early on.

“We played pretty well tonight,” said Trent Robinson. “I felt like we smothered them at different times and I felt like we dominated and played the way we wanted to play for 40-50 minutes there.

“On the pitch, these guys are training each other to improve. We have more in us. It doesn’t depend on us as coaches though. We decide how we will play, but those guys on the pitch nail him. “

The Roosters were in desperate need of winning to keep pushing for the Finals and while they will be happy they got the two points they needed, this was another demonstration of some of the problems that mean they are fighting for a spot. rather than cruising to the final.

They produced moments of true quality, but often struggled to hold the ball and offered opportunities to their opponents.

When the Roosters held the ball, they rolled up the pitch with relative ease, but made twice as many mistakes as their opponents.

Despite their debauchery with the ball, their defense was excellent and kept the Broncos very quiet. The average distances established for Brisbane were around 30m – very low by their standards – and was a testament to the effectiveness of Matt Lodge and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves in stopping the green light.

Brisbane badly missed Pat Carrigan in the middle and although they got their usual big effort from Payne Haas, they lacked the troops to go with him. Selwyn Cobbo, who returned for his first game from Origin 3, was very quiet and only managed 56 meters with the ball in hand.

Even though the Broncos scored the same number of points as the Roosters, they scored over 400 meters less from their collective effort. They were monstrous.

“Taking points early is something we have to get out of our game if we’re serious about where we want to go,” said Kevin Walter.

“It’s a little worrying that it has happened in the last three or four weeks. We are still learning, they have a pretty experienced team there.

“We will learn from tonight, we will all learn it. Trainers included. We have the artillery there, it’s just a matter of getting it right. “

The Roosters couldn’t have started much better. They rolled up the pitch with little resistance and, on the back of a Keary break, Tedesco cleverly tapped for Paul Momirovski to cross intact.

Tesi Niu was fighting hard on defense, a fact that had not gone unnoticed by Walker. The halfback may have made an early try after Niu’s bad drop in his own goal, only for the bunker denying it.

It doesn’t matter, as Walker kicked again moments later, Niu made a meal out of it and Nat Butcher got the better of it.

Keary then isolated Angus Crichton over Adam Reynolds for a third and only a quarter of an hour later, a cricket score was on the cards.

The Roosters, however, struggled to maintain the intensity at times and did it again here. They lost a blood-stained Radley for 15 minutes to a head test in which Corey Oates took visitors to the board.

It would have been for the goal in the first half, although Brisbane seemed more likely: Kotoni Staggs came closer but was held back by a combination of Terrell May and Daniel Tupou.

As soon as the second half began, the Roosters repeated one of their tricks. Where Crichton had been on Reynolds in the first half, this was Butcher on Ezra Mam for his second night.

Tupou therefore should have extended the lead further, only for Staggs who saved the try with a late play in his arm. He paid the other side when Mam jammed Joseph Suaalii for Oates to get a second. He seemed a bit ahead, but the goal remained.

Keary, once again, counterattacked. This time he did it all by himself, hitting Kurt Capewell off guard on the defensive line and circling him all the way to the line.

The second row of the Broncos then managed to grab one for themselves, but that would have been only a consolation, as Suaalii sent home the happy SCG punters with an attempt at the end to add shine.