Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Young Roosters Trigger Upset

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Young Roosters Trigger Upset

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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 yesterday.

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

aUs older guys fed off the younger guys,a Anasta said.

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

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

aIt was just a great week ... well, a great end of the week.a

a[pounds sterling] AAP

Results from round 23:

BRISBANE 34 (J Hoffman 3 D Copley J Reed tries C Parker 7 goals) d NORTH QUEENSLAND 16 (M Bowen K Fai Fai Loa B Tate tries J Thurston 2 goals);

WESTS TIGERS 32 (G Ellis 2 R Farah C Heighington T Moltzen B Ryan tries B Marshall 4 goals) d PENRITH 18 (A Purtell R Walker T Waterhouse tries L Walsh 3 goals);

WARRIORS 20 (S Berrigan S Johnson S Mannering F Mateo tries J Maloney 2 goals) d NEWCASTLE 12 (A MacDougall A Uate tries K Gidley 2 goals);

MANLY 26 (S Matai 2 D Cherry-Evans B Stewart tries J Lyon 5 goals) d PARRAMATTA 20 (C Hicks J Horo R Morgan tries L Burt 4 goals);

MELBOURNE 40 (C Cronk 3 B Slater 2 S Manu A Quinn tries C Smith 6 goals) d GOLD COAST 16 (D Moore B Thompson W Zillman tries P Campbell 2 goals);

SOUTH SYDNEY 47 (N Merritt 3 G Inglis 2 D Farrell C McQueen B Ross tries C Sandow 7 goals C Sandow field goal) d CANBERRA 18 (J Dugan B Ferguson R Robinson tries J Croker 3 goals);

SYDNEY ROOSTERS 20 (P Graham J Leilua M Masoe J Ryles tries B Anasta 2 goals) d ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 12 (M Cooper T Merrin tries K Stanley 2 goals). …

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