Brett Morris claimed the rare feat of starting the season with back-to-back hat-tricks as the Sydney Roosters’ red-hot attack crowed again in a 40-6 win over Wests Tigers.
Morris bagged his second straight three-try effort in the dominant win, while James Tedesco also bagged two tries in his return to Campbelltown against his old club.
Halfback Luke Keary was arguably the Roosters’ best, with the 86 points the club has scored over the first two rounds their best start to a season in attack.
Even coach Trent Robinson spoke before the season that he could feel a drop in external expectation about the club.
But it’s hard to see how they could be flying under the radar any longer.
Their in-form right edge has now scored 12 tries in the opening two rounds, with Keary’s switch to halfback an overwhelming success.
Their first try down that edge when Tedesco put Joey Manu into free space with a cut-out ball, before Brett Morris kicked back inside for his fullback.
They were at it again six minutes later, this time when Lachlan Lam moved across and used his quick hands to put Morris over.
So dominant were the Roosters down that side of the field, Tigers centre Joey Leilua missed eight tackles and Luke Brooks three.
Just as they terrorised Manly on the same edge, the Roosters only enhanced their first-half scoreline when Keary wrapped around and put Sitili Tupouniua through.
It was one of five tries the halfback created.
Another came after halftime when he got on the outside of Brooks and produced a lovely flick ball for Morris’ second.
Morris’ hat-trick was complete when Manu took a Keary cross-field kick uncontested, before the veteran winger finished the job.
Keary’s kicking also gifted Tedesco his second try, when the fullback chased through a grubber kick through the middle of the field and it ricocheted off a defender into his hands.
The Tigers’ only try came when Jacob Liddle went over from dummy-half in the first half.
Daine Laurie was their best at No.1, while Brooks threatened with ball in hand in his 150th game but three times kicked it dead and gave away seven-tackle sets.
Their defence was best summed up when it capitulated through the middle of the field late, allowing Lindsay Collins to go through and put debutant Fletcher Baker over.