The Sydney Roosters struck early when Michael Jennings raced down the left sideline and passed the ball inside to James Maloney who scored on his return from injury.
Even with some cracking tackles from the Dragons' Michael Weyman, the Roosters yet again crashed through the Dragons defence as Boyd Cordner reached out to score their second try.
The Dragons received a few repeat sets and started mounting pressure. Sadly, they couldn’t convert these opportunities and finished sets like these with dropped balls and dummy-half forward passes.
Craig Garvey’s first touch in the NRL was a great one, with a 10m break from dummy half. The next play, Dragons dropped the ball and Michael Jennings raced off 80m to score under the posts. James Maloney converted all 3 tries in the first half as the Roosters lead 18-0 at half time.
A hamstring injury to Sonny Bill Williams kept him from returning in the second half as a precaution. But it didn’t spot the Roosters from scoring early through Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Aiden Guerra tries. Daniel Tupou crossed in the 60th minute and it was officially over by then.
The Dragons got over their goal line twice through Jack de Belin and Jason Nightingale but were held up both times. That would be as close as they would get to scoring tonight.
Tupou attempted to make it a double but with the assistant of Nathan Green he went out over the sideline. James Maloney's kicking was spot on with 6/6 goals.
St George Illawarra’s season is well and truly in the balance as they try and avoid the wooden spoon. A bye next week will give a chance for the team to re-group. Sydney Roosters will also enjoy a bye.
St. George Illawarra Dragons 0 Sydney Roosters 36
Venue: Kogarah Oval
Halftime Score: Sydney Roosters 18-0
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Mitchell Pearce
2 points - Michael Jennings
1 point - James Maloney
ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (0)
SYDNEY ROOSTERS (36)
Tries: James Maloney, Boyd Cordner, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Aidan Guerra, Daniel Tupou
Conversions: James Maloney (6/6)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Interchange: 10. Jack Stockwell 15. Leeson Ah Mau 19. Will Matthews 22. Craig Garvey
1. Anthony Minichiello (c) 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Michael Jennings 11. Mitchell Aubusson 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. James Maloney 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Luke O'Donnell 15. Frank-Paul Nuuausala 12. Sonny Bill Williams 13. Boyd Cordner
Interchange 14. Daniel Mortimer 16. Aidan Guerra 17. Sam Moa 19. Isaac Liu
Scored by James Maloney. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Jennings made a break down the left sideline and throws the ball inside to Maloney. Maloney converts his own try.
Sydney Roosters 6-0
Matt Prior makes an unforced error.
Prior trying to break the lines and loses the ball.
Scored by Boyd Cordner. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Cordner keeps his arms free and puts the ball down right on the line. Maloney converts from in front.
Sydney Roosters 12-0
Nathan Fien makes an unforced error.
Fien receives an offload and was trying to play the ball quickly - however he drops the ball.
Scored by Michael Jennings. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Jennings bolts the length of the field to extend the Roosters lead. Maloney converts from right in front.
Sydney Roosters 18-0
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves makes an unforced error.
JWH can't get the ball and it's a Dragons scrum 20m out from their goal line.
Scored by Shaun Kenny-Dowall. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Pearce kicks the ball high. Brett Morris can't control the ball as SKD gets the ball and puts it over the line. Maloney converts.
Sydney Roosters 24-0
Scored by Aidan Guerra. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Pearce breaks through the Dragons defence and offloads to Guerra. Maloney converts.
Sydney Roosters 30-0
Jack de Belin makes an unforced error.
De Belin loses the ball into the Roosters. Roosters scrum feed 20m out from their line.
Scored by Daniel Tupou. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Roosters spread it to the left and Tupou goes over in the corner. Maloney converts from the sideline.
Sydney Roosters 36-0