Napa-led Roosters finally breakthrough for first win
THE Sydney Roosters, led by some brutal charges in attack and defence by wrecking ball Dylan Napa, have snapped a five-game losing streak, with a 17-10 win over South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.
Napa took it upon himself to turn around the Roosters' worst start to a season in 50 years, by coming up with some huge first-half hits in defence, arguably none better than when he levelled front-row opposite Sam Burgess in the 32nd minute.
While Napa's stinging tackles were a constant feature of the first stanza, the Roosters' first try was a surprise one, going against the play after a dominant start by the Rabbitohs.
In the 12th minute, Roosters hooker Jake Friend made a bust out of dummy-half and found Mitchell Aubusson in support, before a pinpoint cross-field kick from young halfback Jackson Hastings saw winger Daniel Tupou score out wide.
The Roosters then took a 10-0 lead after a huge shot from Napa on Rabbitohs second-rower Chris Grevsmuhl forced the ball free.
Napa then showed some brilliance with the ball, offloading to Friend, before the No.9 found a straight-running Aidan Guerra to crash over near the posts.
The Bunnies bounced back with a try to winger Aaron Gray in the 36th minute, courtesy of a lovely pass from Luke Keary, which was tipped on beautifully by Hymel Hunt.
But the night belonged to Napa, who was in everything, including scoring a try of his own in the 47th minute, chasing through to dive on a brilliant chip by Hastings, giving his team a 16-4 lead.
ROOSTERS 17 (D Tupou, A Guerra, D Napa tries; J Hastings 2 goals, field goal) def RABBITOHS 10 (A Gray, C Walker tries; B Goodwin goal). Crowd: 18,161 at ANZ Stadium.