A horror first half has seen the iSelect Titans under-20s suffer their worst defeat of the season against the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium this evening.
Our boys were behind 28-0 after 26 minutes and 34-0 at half-time after having the ball for just three sets in the opening session as the Roosters ran riot.
Two more tries followed in the first six minutes of the second half to give the Roosters 46 unanswered points in even time, from eight tries and seven goals.
It was a disappointing effort after four good weeks for the young side that went down by one point to the Cowboys and had beaten Canberra and Parramatta. They just weren’t on their game early and were missing Christian Hazard and Shaun Hudson who had been in tremendous form.
However they showed good character to keep the Roosters scoreless in the last 34 minutes and score three tries in final 15 minutes.
Errors with the ball were costly early and the Roosters played an open style, with halfback Jackson Hastings – son of club legend Kevin – controlling mush of the play. It was 12-0 after just 11 minutes and the Titans never recovered.
They finally gathered some momentum late in the game and right winger Zac Spring, who tried hard and broke the line several times in the second half, was rewarded with two tries.
Late inclusion, Jayden Connors, then scored a wonderful try after Spring broke clear again and Connors toed through Spring’s pass that went to ground and regathered in the in-goal.
Sydney Roosters 46 (Momirovski 2, Elliot 2, Manu, Milne, Goodsell, Cornish tries; Hastings 7 goals) beat iSelect Titans 16 (Spring 2, Connor tries; Fletcher 2 goals).