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Dragons go down to Roosters at Allianz

The Roosters stormed home to down the Dragons 42-12 on Sunday afternoon at Allianz Stadium.

Tries on either side of the break saw the Red V drag themselves back into the game after a less-than-ideal start before the floodgates opened for the hosts.

The Roosters took advantage of an early penalty to draw first blood via Victor Radley who dashed through to pounce on a Sam Walker grubber.

Walker knocked over a penalty goal the following set to extend the hosts’ lead beyond a converted try less than 10 minutes into the contest.

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was sent to the sin bin soon after for a high shot on Max Feagai as he was carting the ball out of his own end.

The Roosters managed to survive the 10-minute period however with Dominic Young crossing in the right corner off the back of it to make it 14-0.

A spirited Feagai charge coming off his own line wrestled some ascendancy back the way of the Red V before the centre found himself in the game again moments later off a Zac Lomax aerial take and offload.

The Dragons’ plethora of attacking ball finally bore fruit just shy of the half with Jacob Liddle diving his way over out of dummy-half for the side’s first try of the afternoon.

Lomax added the extras from just to the right of the sticks to cut the deficit back to eight heading into the break.

Ben Murdoch-Masila was denied the Dragons’ second early in the second half by video officials after a messy, mid-air contest that resulted in a Sitili Tupouniua knock-on.

Christian Tuipulotu powered his way over in the left corner off the back of it courtesy of a skilful Luciano Leilua offload with Lomax nailing a difficult conversion to cut the deficit to two with a half-hour to play.

Radley left the field in the aftermath after displaying category one concussion symptoms which would see his afternoon come to an early end.

Lindsay Collins forced his way over for the answer soon after to extend the advantage back to eight before Angus Crichton got to a Walker grubber to make it back-to-back tries for the hosts.

The points continued to flow for the Roosters with James Tedesco scoring off a bungled fifth-tackle option to make it 30-12.

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Daniel Tupou was the next to cross for the hosts with the winger strolling over in the left corner off a last-tackle shift before Jaydn Su’A was placed on report in the dying stages for a high shot on Michael Jennings which forced the centre off for a HIA.

Sitili Tupouniua snagged another late one for the Roosters as the rain began to fall to secure a 42-12 victory.

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