Roosters answer the critics
From TONY ADAMS in Sydney
SYDNEY City justified their place as undefeated leaders of the Australian Rugby League premiership to their many critics with an impressive 28-16 defeat of Auckland yesterday.
After playing all the lowly placed teams in the opening seven rounds, some critics had branded the Roosters as false competition front-runners.
But in the first real test of their class and character, the Roosters could not have been more dominant against the unpredictable Warriors.
'We knew this would be the game on which we were going to be judged and so we were determined to really give it our best,' Roosters skipper Sean Garlick said.
It was Garlick who put the Roosters on the road to victory, creating the opening try for prop Terry Hermansson after just three minutes with a clever inside pass.
The second half was a cakewalk for the Roosters, as they cruised home before a good Saturday crowd of over 13,000.
Auckland actually won the second half scoring 10-6, but it was too little, too late against the well-drilled Roosters side.
Warriors coach John Monie had no excuses to offer for his team's poor showing that sees Auckland drop to the tail of the top eight.
'It was a familiar story,' Monie lamented. 'We made a lot of unforced errors and you can't do that against a good side like the Roosters.' 'Our handling was poor and we missed a lot of one on one tackles,' he added.