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Roosters crow in trials - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Sat, 17 Feb 2007 23:23:00 GMT
The roosters kicked off their 100th year celebrations with a 10-4 victory over the Wests Tigers at Aussie Stadium.

But despite winning the priceless Foundation Cup, it was nothing short of a painful victory for the homeside after losing Chris Flannery to a suspected broken ankle.

The win hands the Roosters their first trophy since winning the NRL premiership in 2002.

Perhaps even more disconcerting for coach Chris Anderson was the fact that Flannery, a late inclusion in the trial, could now face up to four months on the sideline.

Flannery left the field 8 minutes before the end to the disappointment of the 16,198 in attendance.

In a further blow, new prop Chris Beattie was also placed on report for a high tackle on Robbie Farah.

With most of the major stars from both teams left on the shelf, the game was more or less a chance to get the muscles flowing after a long off-season.

Jamie Soward may very well have inched his way closer to grabbing the starting halfback spot for round 1 of the NRL after grabbing the match winning try.

While the loss of the Foundation Cup left Wests Tigers fans hogging the tissues, the news wasn’t all bad for coach Tim Sheens

Coming away with a young team relatively uninjured and halfback who is delivering was just as crucial as getting ahead on the scoreboard.

ROOSTERS 10 (J Williams try, J Soward 1/1, S Foley 0/1 goals.) Wests Tigers 4 (T Tuiaki try. D Collis 0/1 goals) Crowd: 16,198 at Aussie Stadium, Sydney.Referee:

At Pioneer Oval in Parkes, Eels coach Michael Hagan scored an important first win with his new club after a rookie Parramatta squad toppled the Sharks 36-14.

The Eels, despite the absence of their new halves Brett Finch and Tim Smith, controlled the game early and ran away with it seven tries to three.

Last week GRL discussed whether Parramatta was testing out suitable captains of the future with Riddell strengthening his right to be first in line after the incumbent Nathan Cayless.

Riddell - minus most of his regular teammates - scored a try and kicked two of four goals while using his first grade experience to direct his young side superbly for 55 minutes.

Not holding back, Riddell revealed to the Daily Telegraph, "I would love to captain the club."

Coach Michael Hagan admitted he also liked what he saw.

"Mark Riddell was very good tonight, and he led the side well. He did a great job as captain.'

On a positive note for new Sharks coach Ricky Stuart, Ben Ross survived his first game in almost a year.

eels 36 (M Riddell Z Taia B Green E Uaisele M Lett F Mateo C Inu tries; C Inu 2 goals M Riddell 2 goals) SHARKS 14 (B Kearney D Nielsen P Stephenson; D Cooper 2 goals) Crowd: 8071 at Pioneer Oval, Parkes.

Former Melbourne Storm centre Chris Walker made a good first impression despite watching his former teammates run away with a strong 32-6 win in Coffs Harbour.

The former State of Origin star – who walked out on the Storm at the end of last season due to personal reasons – grabbed a try which he converted in the 34th minute.

It will be an important three weeks for Walker who has yet to secure a long-term contract with the Titans.

Leading 12-6 at half-time, Melbourne did not hit full speed until the final quarter when they stacked on four tries to complete their first mission of 2007.

Titans fans probably won't be too depressed with the result considering they ran onto BCU International Stadium with a squad lacking the likes of Scott Prince, Luke Bailey, Mat Rogers, Preston Campbell, Luke O'Dwyer and Anthony Laffranchi.

A loss of this magnitude next week against Parramatta in Lismore could however make some fans very nervous.

Melbourne Storm 32 (W Chambers 2 D Johnson A Quinn S Tagataese B Slater tries; C Smith 4 goals) Gold Coast Titans 6 (C Walker tries; C Walker goal) Referee: T Archer. Crowd: 10,000 at BCU International Stadium, Coffs Harbour - Read More, Here