Shaun Kenny-Dowall starred for the Roosters with two tries as he continually probed the Dragons defence out wide and through the ruck on Monday night.
The Roosters enjoyed a glut of possession in the
first half to lead 14-8 at the break, only another impressive defensive
effort from the Dragons ensuring the score did not blow out before
But that weight of possession showed in the second
stanza with the Roosters putting in a controlled 80 minute performance
to move into fourth on percentages ahead of Melbourne.
They sit behind Brisbane, North Queensland and the Dragons after 15 rounds.
an eighth minute James Maloney penalty goal, Peter Mata'utia crossed
for the first try of the match. Blake Ferguson was crunched in a tackle
from Jason Nightingale for Mata'utia to scoop up the loose Steeden and
But that went against the run of play for the first
half, with the Roosters responding through Kenny-Dowall in the 15th
minute after he latched onto a James Maloney kick.
dominated up front through much of the first half and interchange prop
Kane Evans continued that trend when he scored from close range next to
the posts in the 28th minute for the Roosters to lead 14-6 with the
A late Gareth Widdop penalty goal brought the scores closer just before half-time.
Kenny-Dowall crossed for his second in the 58th minute from a Roger Tuivasa-Sheck pass, his 105th four-pointer for the Roosters.
try put Kenny-Dowall past Bill Mullins as as the tri-colours' second
all-time try scorer behind Anthony Minichiello (139 tries).
Roosters looked to be cruising to a comfortable win before Widdop
crossed on the end of a scintillating 80m effort to drag his side to
within four points.
An 80th minute field goal from Jake Friend
pushed that gap out to five as the Roosters held firm and recorded their
eighth win of the season.