Wests Tigers’ resistance lasted only 40 minutes as the firepower-laden Sydney Roosters charged to a 40-18 victory at Campbelltown Stadium with four second-half tries – despite captain Boyd Cordner sitting out the match with a knee complaint.
NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce, under-pressure Queensland back-rower Aidan Guerra, and boom utility Connor Watson – who was pitched into the action early after Jake Friend suffered a third-minute concussion – each scored doubles in an entertaining 10-try affair.
Recent arrival Tuimoala Lolohea skipped through for his first try in Tigers colours in just the fourth minute, but Blake Ferguson, Watson and Guerra all crossed to put the Roosters in control, before James Tedesco narrowed the halftime deficit to four points.
Pearce scored back-to-back tries to take the game away from the Tigers, however, with the second a dazzling effort that saw the in-form No.7 dot down just inside the dead-ball line from a Latrell Mitchell kick.
The Roosters led 40-12 with 11 minutes left before Sauaso Sue posted a consolation effort for the well-beaten Tigers.
— Adam Mobbs (@AdamMobbs) June 11, 2017