Wests Tigers halfback Robert Lui has the early running in the battle for the NRL club’s No.7 jumper this coming season after a five-star display in a 19-8 trial win over the Sydney Roosters. The gifted halfback showed deft skills to set up first-half tries for skipper Robbie Farah and Liam Fulton, before the 21-year-old sealed the match with a blazing individual effort to totally overshadow more illustrious teammates Farah and Benji Marshall. Lui’s performance was a none-too-subtle reminder to coach Tim Sheens given the man he was meant to be vying with for the No.7 jumper – Tim Moltzen – was making his return after 10 months out due to a knee reconstruction. Lui put the icing on the cake with a field goal after the siren, the Tigers claiming their first Foundation Cup in the fifth year of the clash. The Roosters, however, will be hoping their playmaker Todd Carney’s latest run-in with the law is only a minor setback after he was charged with low-level drink driving. Last year’s grand finalists lacked anything in attack in Carney’s injury-enforced absence, not to mention his goalkicking with Braith Anasta failing to convert Joseph Leilua’s two tries. After an early avalanche of penalties, the game settled down as both sides adjusted to the latest rule crackdown by referees, Anasta penalised for taking a line drop out over the mark. Leilua’s first try came after a spell of hot potato following a tapped-back bomb, before Lui brilliantly set up Farah and Fulton in the space of two minutes to make it 12-4 at the break. The Roosters’ second came after Tigers fullback Wade McKinley appeared to be dumped on his head in a tackle which could land Nate Myles in trouble, while Jared Waerea Hargreaves was penalised after a hair pull on Tigers winger Lote Tuqiri.