Category: Roosters


Carney on track for Rd 2

Roosters coach Brian Smith remains confident star playmaker Todd Carney is on track to return for next weekend’s clash against Manly despite aggravating a groin injury on Friday. Speculation Carney would be an 11th hour inclusion against South Sydney was wide of the mark as the Dally M medallist sat out his side’s thrilling 40-29 victory. “Some of you people scared his mum this morning so much she was ready to get in her car and drive down (to Sydney from Goulburn),” Smith said in reference to newspaper reports suggesting Carney would play in the season opener. “He was never every going to play,” Smith said. “Up until Monday he was a chance but Toddy ruled himself out on Monday. He knew he wasn’t quite right, he’s trained pretty well every day.” “To be absolutely honest, today he had a little aggravation which we want to see how it goes (on Saturday), but nobody’s too worried about it and we think he’ll be ready to go next weekend.” Continue reading

Piggys back!

It may be his first NRL match for the Sydney Roosters but Mark “Piggy” Riddell will be no stranger to Roosters fans when he runs out on the SFS on Friday night. A veteran of 178 First grade matches, Piggy has spent the last couple of years playing in England but has returned to Australia and is looking forward to his NRL return after being announced on the bench. “I am just thrilled to be getting a run again in the NRL because I didn’t really think it was ever going to happen again so I just want to make the most of it and enjoy my time,” he said. Having been around for so long Piggy would be a pretty good judge of a team’s potential and his opinion of the current Roosters squad would leave Roosters fans excited about the season ahead. “There is just so many quality players around the club at the moment and most of them are still so young,” he said. “The high level of talent in the club extends to kid’s who haven’t even played first grade yet so you combine them with the few older guys and the young kids with experience and this team has un limited potential.” Continue reading

Sydney Roosters star Todd Carney is out of Friday’s NRL season opener against South Sydney at the Sydney Football Stadium. Carney, who has endured a torrid lead-up to the start of the new campaign, following his arrest for drink-driving 10 days ago, has not been named in the Roosters side after failing to recover from January groin surgery. The Dally M Medallist sustained the injury playing for Australia in the Four Nations clash with New Zealand in Auckland in October. Coach Brian Smith named Braith Anasta at five-eighth alongside Mitchell Pearce with Carney expected to be back for the round two clash with Manly. However, the Roosters are boosted by the surprise return of secondrower Mitch Aubusson who had been expected to be sidelined until round four with a shoulder injury. Souths coach John Lang said he had been preparing for Carney to play and believed the troubled playmaker’s off-field problems would have no effect on his game. “He had a great season last year and I see no reason why he won’t pick up where he left off last year,” Lang said. “Often for players, the game and training, if there’s been a few problems that can be a bit of a relief for them rather than another pressure.” Continue reading

Can he, or Carney play? Find out Friday!

The fallout from Todd Carney’s drink-driving charge is set to overshadow the NRL season launch on Wednesday, with no resolution expected until Friday. The Sydney Roosters five-eighth, who was charged with low-range drink-driving on Saturday morning while on a provisional licence, has yet to be handed any punishment. Carney met with Roosters coach Brian Smith and chief executive Steve Noyce on Monday, but the club were unable to reveal any decisions on his punishment on Tuesday with Noyce absent due to a NRL CEO conference in Sydney. It’s understood Carney’s situation was not raised at the conference. The club released a statement on Tuesday suggesting no decision was likely until Friday. “The Sydney Roosters are continuing to assess appropriate outcomes in regards to Todd Carney and will not be making a final decision today (Tuesday) on his penalty following his low-range drink-driving offence,” the statement read. Continue reading

The match review committee examined three other  incidents from the weekend’s trials.

Sydney Roosters forward Nate Myles was cleared of a lifting tackle on Wests Tigers back Wade McKinnon, while Cronulla recruit Jeremy Smith was deemed not to have tripped Newcastle’s Mark Taufua.

Penrith half Luke Walsh’s sickening hit on Parramatta’s Daniel Mortimer, which also sparked a melee, was deemed legitimate.

Gold Coast youngster Ryan James will need to wait another day to know whether he faces a second pre-season suspension after he was placed on report in the trial against North Queensland.

Footage of the Titans-Cowboys match will not be available until Tuesday.

The match review committee is poised to wreak havoc with the opening week plans of several NRL sides after a potentially costly final round of trial matches over the weekend. Penrith, Cronulla and the Sydney Roosters all face nervous waits ahead of the match review committee releasing their charges on Monday, with key players Luke Walsh (Panthers), Jeremy Smith (Sharks) and Test forward Nate Myles (Roosters) involved in questionable tackles. Myles’ incident appears the most serious of the three, despite no action being taken by the referees after a lifting tackle on Wests Tigers fullback Wade McKinnon. McKinnon lost the ball after appearing to be dumped on his head ten minutes into the second half at the Sydney Football Stadium – the oversight compounded when the Roosters cleaned up possession and scored in the corner. Continue reading

We are just 12 days from the kick off to the 2011 NRL/NEX Dream Team competitions so there isn’t much time left to work out that all important campaign strategy. 

In Part 1 – I talked about the Raiders and the advantage they had for coaches in the 2011 season.  They are not the only team with an advantage when it comes to the early bye rounds.  Another team with a similar advantage is the Warriors

The Warriors have their 1st bye in round 12 with the Raiders.  Be wary though – if you stack your team with players from the Raiders and Warriors it may cost you a win in your round 12 head-to-head clash in your individual league or get you knocked out of the Eliminator Competition.   

If you are considering the Warriors, they have some good scoring options to choose from.  New players to the club, old players, players returning from injury and a couple of cheap options to make you money and trade up to those high priced stars.  The down side to the Warriors is they share their round 17 bye with the Cowboys, Sea Eagles, Storm, Tigers, and the TitansContinue reading

Tigers 19 – Roosters 8

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. Continue reading

Carney aiming for Round 1

Roosters coach Brian Smith has confirmed reigning Dally M medallist Todd Carney is on track to play in his side’s season opener against South Sydney next month. Carney underwent groin surgery four weeks ago and was initially expected to miss the first four rounds of the competition. The 24-year-old will sit out Saturday’s Foundation Cup clash against Wests Tigers at the SFS but is considered an almost certain starter for Round 1 in a major boost for the Tri Colours. “Unless something goes wrong for him he’ll play in the first comp game,” Smith said on Tuesday. “We even thought about just playing him for 20 minutes in this game but he’s not quite at that stage … it’s just a little too early for him.” “We’ve still got 17 days before the comp starts and we start with Souths on Friday night so we’d obviously like him to be right for that.” “Without and mishaps between now then he’ll be fine I think.” Continue reading

Flying rookie to face Benji

A rookie with blistering speed who spent last year on the wing in the Toyota Cup will wear the Sydney Roosters’ No. 6 jumper and go head to head with Benji Marshall.Coach Brian Smith yesterday named little-known Mark Kheirallah to start at five-eighth against Wests Tigers in Saturday’s Foundation Cup at the SFS and hoped he would unearth a “little nugget of gold” who could fill in for the injured Todd Carney later this year. While Carney is expected to overcome a groin injury for the NRL season-opener against South Sydney, Smith was more than happy to let 21-year-old Kheirallah shine. Kheirallah only got his chance for the Roosters a fortnight ago when back-up five-eighth Jonathan Ford rolled his ankle against Ipswich. “Mark got his opportunity in that game without much preparation and did quite well,” Smith said. “It was one of those opportunities that was bound to happen because blokes get injured in footy. Continue reading