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Roosters beat Eels without Mason, Myles

By Todd Balym 04/04/2009 12:10:48 AM Comments (0)

Sydney Roosters crowned themselves the new kings of controversy by thumping Parramatta 24-6 on Friday night to cast aside a week of off field drama.

With representative stars Willie Mason and Nate Myles watching from the grandstands under a club imposed suspension for breaching an alcohol policy, the Roosters defied their lack of size to belt the Eels three tries to one in front of 11,231 fans at the SFS.

It was the club's second NRL win of the season and again it came on the back of troubles off the field.

The Roosters' other win in 2009 was a 28-4 victory over Canberra in round two after young hooker Jake Friend was banned two weeks by the NRL for a high range drink-driving charge.

As they did two weeks ago, the Roosters heavy-hitting defence set the standard as they stunned a full-strength Parramatta side that again failed to offer much in attack.

The Eels had more than 54 per cent of the possession and more than 50 tackles inside the attacking 20m zone, but came away empty handed.

Parramatta's only try came from a Jarryd Hayne intercept in the 79th minute when the match was over.

Winger Shaun-Kenny Dowall scored two brilliant tries for the Roosters while fullback Sam Perrett set the tone early with the first try after eight minutes.

Kenny-Dowall struck a major psychological blow by scoring his first try three minutes before half-time with a full-stretch diving effort to grasp a Braith Anasta kick and give his side a 16-0 lead.

The Kiwi international then sealed the result in the 57th minute with Anasta and centre Mitchell Aubusson using quick hands to put the winger into the corner.

Former skipper Craig Fitzgibbon booted the sideline conversion to take his tally to 12 points, including three penalty goals, and along with Frank-Paul Nuuausala and Mark O'Meley was magnificent up front.

The only sour point for the Roosters was a suspected fractured eye socket to centre Sia Soliola.

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