Sydney Roosters, without James Tedesco, travelled to Brisbane to face a youthful Broncos side at Suncorp, and for Brisbane fans, they’ll be thankful that the full-back wasn’t on the field.
After an early penalty and error in favour of Sydney, the crossed in the fifth minute, as Victor Radley and Luke Keary linked up to create space for Brett Morris who offloaded to his brother Josh, who then stepped inside three Broncos players, twisted and stretched over to score his first try for the Roosters.
It didn’t take long for the visitors to grab a second either.
After a set restart, on the last tackle, the Roosters set themselves up to spread the ball from right to left next time, and this time, Joseph Manu was the recipient of a Brett Morris pass to dive over in the corner.
With 20 minutes gone, the Roosters were still on, and after another set restart, Victor Radley took advantage of the dogged Brisbane defensive and cut across the grain, and ran straight under the posts with two tacklers on his back.
The 16-point lead soon became 22, as a double pump from Luke Keary allowed him to pop the ball onto Angus Crichton, who walked over on the left edge.
The Broncos finally found themselves deep in the Roosters half, and Brodie Croft kicked across the field to Darius Boyd, but unfortunately, Boyd couldn’t grab the ball in the air, and the Roosters escaped.
In the very next set, a quick play-the-ball from Boyd Cordner allowed Jake Friend to run at the Broncos defence, exploit the gap, release Radley down the middle, who with just Jamayne Isaako in-front of him, passed to Kyle Flanagan who slid under the posts.
Flanagan converted his own score to make it 0-28 with seven minutes to go to the break.
Just minutes later, the Roosters seemed to have picked up try number six, as Keary, and the Morris brother combined once again, to allow Josh to score on the left edge. Unfortunately, it was deemed the Boyd Cordner interfered with Brodie Croft and the try was disallowed.
Despite being denied try number six, the Roosters were awarded a penalty inside the Broncos 10-metre line and looked to punish the home-side.
However, when Brett Morris looked to stretch over the line, the full-back dropped the ball.
With just seconds remaining on the clock, Luke Keary kicked a drop-goal to make it 0-29 at the break.
HALF-TIME: Brisbane Broncos 0-29 Sydney Roosters
The Roosters started the second half in the same fashion as the first, with Isaac Liu showed enough power, to break through a weak Brisbane defence, and pass to Keary, who raced away 50 metres to score.
Multiple errors from Brisbane were just compounding them to further punishment from the Roosters. and with 24 minutes remaining, Jesse Arthars found himself in the sin-bin after repeated infringements from the home side.
With the Broncos at sixes and sevens in defence, and the Roosters playing expansive rugby, it wasn’t going to take long for try number seven.
Keary found himself probing across the field, looking for a runner, and Lindsay Collins charged forward and straight through a huge gap and run under the posts.
Flanagan looked to pick up his second try of the night, as Luke Keary’s high bomb was knocked backwards and the half-back picked the ball up to score.
However, Sio Taukeiaho was deemed to have knocked on and the score was scrubbed off.
The Broncos were still down to twelve when Angus Crichton picked up from the ruck and burrowed through Ethan Bullemor and Tesi Niu for his second of the night.
With 10 minutes remaining, the Tri-Colours cracked 50 points, as they shifted the ball quickly through the Morris twins and Keary out to Daniel Tupou for his 94th try in Roosters colours.
Try number ten followed, as Josh Morris made a half-break through Jesse Arthars and Brodie Croft, offloaded to Keary, who in turn released Brett Morris to score.
The Broncos were determined not to be kept to zero but with the last play of the game, Daniel Tupou snuffed out a kick by Brodie Croft.
FULL-TIME: Brisbane Broncos 0-59 Sydney Roosters
Isaako, Oates, Arthars, Boyd, Farnworth, Milford, Croft, Flegler, Paix, Haas, Bullemor, Hopoate, Carrigan
Interchanges: Niu, Ofahengaue, Kennedy, Lodge
B. Morris, Tupou, J. Morris, Manu, Hall, Keary, Flanagan, Waerea-Hargreaves, Friend, Taukeiaho, Cordner, Crichton, Radley
Interchanges: Collins, Verrills, Liu, Butchers
Tries: J. Morris, Manu, Radley, Crichton (2), Flanagan, Keary, Collins, Tupou, B. Morris
Goals: Flanagan (9/10)
Referee: G. Atkins
Touch Judges: C. Butler, Z Przeklasa-Adamski
Video Referee: B. Galea