Roosters break Anzac clash hoodoo with win over Dragons
LAST year it was the Dragons that blew the Roosters away in the dying minutes to snatch a fairytale Anzac Day clash.
There was none of that yesterday, with the Roosters producing a sublime performance up front in the first half, before cruising to a 34-10 victory in the annual Allianz Stadium clash.
The Roosters were simply sensational in the first half, taking a 22-4 lead into the sheds.
It looked like we could have had yet another Anzac Day classic on our hands after Jason Nightingale put the red and whites ahead 4-0 after five minutes.
But that was as good as it got for the joint-venture club, with the Roosters breaking their hoodoo (they had not previously won this game since 2007) in brilliant fashion.
Sonny Bill Williams, who has never lost against the Dragons, was a large part of that brilliance again for the tricolours.
His offload in the 22nd minute - a no-look, around-the-corner ball for Mitchell Pearce trailing him, before Anthony Minichiello finished the movement, was out of this world.
Four minutes earlier, five-eighth James Maloney produced a classy in-and-away to suck in the defence, before putting Mitchell Aubusson into a hole, with lightning-quick Michael Jennings finishing the breathtaking movement.
Jennings, in great form and a Blues certainty, got his second after 62 minutes.
He appeared out of nowhere to snap up a Jake Friend grubber and score, following a try to hulking winger Daniel Tupou.
Dragons centre Matt Cooper scored a consolation try with eight minutes remaining, off a Nathan Fien grubber, for his side that was simply outclassed through the middle.