Roosters five-eighth Jordan Sharpe has described the side’s 52-6 win over Uralla at Kootingal as their best performance of the year.
The competitions leaders were at their ruthless best against a game but outgunned Tigers outfit on Saturday, with Roosters No.1 Anthony Smith crossing for three first half tries.
The match was effectively over when the Roosters posted three tries late in the first half – two to Smith working the left edge – to lead 36-0 at halftime.
When replacement Blake Stacey crossed almost immediately after the break, followed quickly by a try to centre Logan Howard, an embarrassment was brewing.
As the Tigers players milled in the in-goal area following Howard’s try, one of the side’s trainers said the players were facing a test of character.
Would they be able to “look at themselves in the mirror” after the match.
The pep talk seemed to work.
Uralla produced a spirited but largely unrewarded effort for the remainder of the match.
Their only try came in the 78th minute when replacement Adrian Habchi won the race to an in-goal grubber kick.
“The boys really turned up for each other,” Sharpe said.
“We put in a great 80-minute performance … they scored off a grubber, they didn’t run through our line.
“I thought it was a good effort.”
In other matches, Manilla beat Bingara 56-10, Bendemeer downed Barraba 54-18, Bundarra defeated Werris Creek 36-24 and Boggabri edged Walcha 26-20.