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Roosters whack Parramatta 48-12

By David Beniuk 31/07/2010 08:55:21 PM Comments (0)

The Sydney Roosters have proved four playmakers are better than one, bursting Parramatta's bubble in a red-hot 48-12 thrashing of the Eels at Parramatta Stadium.

Halves Todd Carney and Mitchell Pearce, lock Braith Anasta and fullback Anthony Minichiello - who bagged two tries - ran riot as the Roosters scored eight tries to two and notched their fifth straight NRL win in front of 19,824 fans.

Parramatta's reliance on Jarryd Hayne was all too evident, with the superstar fullback only able to produce flashes of his best behind a beaten pack in the Jack Gibson Cup clash.

"We've probably got a bit more than that in more limited ways I guess," Roosters coach Brian Smith said of his playmaking stocks.

"Mini's throwing passes for tries.

"(Last week) that cut-out pass that our new ball-playing fullback-stroke-halfback threw under pressure was an absolute ball-tearer."

The Roosters had been unable to post back-to back victories since their bright start to the season in rounds one and two, but now find themselves the juggernaut of the competition.

A win over St George Illawarra in next week's SCG blockbuster could even give them a sniff of the minor premiership.

The Eels had won three straight coming into Saturday night's game, but could now finish the weekend four points outside the top eight.

The Roosters' attacking quartet have the side playing a scintillating brand of football, and veteran Minichiello set the tone early by sending a superb ball to a rampaging Mitchell Aubusson in just the sixth minute.

It was then Carney's turn, a brilliant grubber from 40m out resulting in centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall's fifth try in two weeks in the 12th minute.

Pearce laid on the third, a one-handed offload to Minichiello and the Roosters led 18-0 after 21 minutes.

Anasta's good form also continued and he laid on a late four-pointer for winger Phil Graham's second.

"When you say four (playmakers), I say nearly 17, the way our blokes are playing," said Carney, who also booted eight from eight.

"We're scoring the tries out wide but the set-up work they're doing for us goes unnoticed and while they keep doing that we'll keep winning."

The Hayne Plane hit considerable turbulence as the Eels' attack faltered, although Hayne did manage a typical solo effort to beat three players to get the Eels on the board in the first half.

"I thought we had a temporary closure of the airport tonight," Smith quipped.

"But my God he stretched us at every opportunity."

Eels coach Daniel Anderson said the scoreboard reflected his side's performance.

"I think we tried to mimic the Roosters but we weren't as good as them," he said.

"They beat us to every single play in the game I reckon tonight."

Smith's men led 24-12 after the Roosters had out hot-potatoed Parramatta in the first half, scoring four tries to two.

But it was 30-12 three minutes after the break when centre Kane Linnett crossed out wide after Eels half Jeff Robson had fumbled a grubber, and Minichiello, Frank Paul Nuuausala and Graham compounded the embarrassment for the home side.

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