Playing To The Conditions

A defensively perfect start to the season in torrid conditions has Wyong coach Rip Taylor impressed.

The wind was blowing and the track was wet, but the Roos still managed to pile on the tries without conceding a point, downing the Wests Tigers 42-0 at Morry Breen Oval.

Taylor admits, however, that the lob-sided result came down to his side playing to the conditions better than their opposition.

“We probably had a little bit of luck, we ran into a very, very strong southerly wind in the first half,” Taylor says to NSWRL.com.au.

“Our kicking game was way better, Mitch Cornish was great, in the first half he had three repeat sets and I think the Tigers kicked it dead on five occasions.

“That helped us set a platform for the game.”

The Roos lined up with a relatively new 17 compared to seasons of late, but that proved to be no hindrance to their dominant performance.

Taylor named a few individuals who stood out, but was adamant that all 17 players who donned the green and gold jersey yesterday performed well.

“Zane Tetevano, Dale Copley, everyone across the park played good footy in very trying conditions with the southerly winds and the rain.

“It’s been wet all week, so the conditions weren’t great that’s for sure.

“The Tigers turned over a fair bit more ball than we did, so the boys concentration in those conditions was good to see.

“It was a good performance from all 17 players.”

The Roos won their match a few hours before the Sydney Roosters defeated the Gold Coast Titans 28-18 last night.

Not all of the Roosters squad made the trip to the Gold Coast however, with some players dropping back to play for Taylor’s side in their emphatic victory.

Dale Copley scored a hat-trick, Jayden Nikorima scored two, while Zane Tetevano ran for more than 260 metres at lock.

“We’ve had a couple of sessions together, the Roosters boys are working hard to fit in,” Taylor says.

“Obviously we are doing the same trying to keep the calls roughly the same with little things like that.

“All of the Roosters boys that have been coming up for a few weeks now have come over and not been kicking stones, they’re just trying to improve their footy and get to where they want to be.”