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Roosters trounce Tigers

By Laine Clark 26/06/2004 05:48:15 AM Comments (0)

There was a strong sense of deja vu at Campbelltown Stadium on Friday night after the Wests Tigers were thrashed 56-0 by the Sydney Roosters and another NRL star admitted he was tempted to switch codes.

The same day Newcastle star Andrew Johns knocked back a lucrative offer from the NSW Waratahs, Roosters centre Ryan Cross - who joined teammate Brett Finch in bagging three tries - admitted he was considering an offer to switch codes.

The news came after the Roosters ran in 10 tries against the hapless Tigers - just five days after the home side was thrashed 50-0 by St George Illawarra.

While all eyes were on Cross and star halfback Finch, ex-Test skipper Brad Fittler looked set to make himself available for a fairytale representative farewell after consulting with Blues coach Phil Gould following the impressive win.

Fittler said he would make a decision on whether to play in Origin III at Sydney on July 7 "in a couple of weeks" after his shock representative return for Origin II on June 16 on Brisbane.

And Fittler looked set to make himself available with Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan hinting strongly the 32-year-old veteran would give Origin the green light before the NSW team is announced on Monday.

Canavan was also hopeful Cross would say yes - to a contract extension at the Roosters.

Coincidentally Cross and Johns are managed by the same man - John Fordham.

"We have tabled an offer. It's been with his manager for a couple of weeks now, admittedly John Fordham has been preoccupied which we appreciate with the Andrew Johns situation but we'd like to have a resolution," Canavan said.

"The club's happy with Ryan and we'd like to think Ryan is happy with the club which we hope will bring an early resolution."

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