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Roosters youth helps overcome tough week

Steve Jancetic 14/08/2011 07:50:13 PM Comments (0)

Sydney Roosters skipper Braith Anasta credited the NRL club's youth for helping to overcome a week that had threatened to destroy the fabric of the squad.

With Todd Carney, Nate Myles and Frank-Paul Nuuausala suspended after defying a team drinking ban, the Roosters were given little chance of containing St George Illawarra in their grand final rematch in Wollongong.

But, after upsetting the premiers 20-12, Anasta pointed to the positive nature of the newer players as the catalyst for the turnaround.

"Us older guys fed off the younger guys," Anasta said.

"They were just fantastic, we benefited from having so many younger guys.

"They were just happy to be in first grade, a few of them got opportunities.

"It was just a great week ... well, a great end of the week."

Unfortunately for Anasta and the Roosters the drama isn't about to blow over any time soon, with suggestions the trio may not front the club's board for another ten days to determine their futures.

Whether any of them return this year or next remains questionable, with Anasta saying they had some way to go to restore the trust of their teammates.

"They're going to have to earn that back," Anasta said.

"First they have to face the board, so we don't even know where we stand there.

"Then, because we haven't talked about it, we're just trying to prepare the best we can to win games.

"When they come back into the squad, then whatever their punishment is, if they are welcome back then we'll accept them and move on.

"It's out of our hands so there's no point in us talking about it."

Carney appears in most danger of having his contract torn up, with the reigning Dally M player of the year resembling a cat with his long list of lives.

Anasta said he had spoken to Carney, but it had little to do with his future at the Roosters.

"I have because I wanted to make sure he was alright," Anasta said.

"I wanted to make sure he hadpeople around him and that he was in a healthy state.

"I wanted to make sure he's in the best possible place.

"He knows where he stands with the team, but we're all worried about him and all wish the best for him."

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