Rugby League


Roos run riot, but coach not impressed

The Queanbeyan Kangaroos might be undefeated at the top of the Canberra Raiders Cup ladder and chasing a third straight premiership, but coach Aaron Gorrell wasn't impressed with his team's 60-14 victory over a winless West Belconnen Warriors yesterday.

Gorrell came off in the second half with a rib injury and took the opportunity to watch from the stands but didn't like what he saw.

He said his team played like it was ''better than we are'' despite running in 11 tries in the battle between top and bottom at West Belconnen.

The former St George Illawarra and Broncos player was especially unhappy with conceding three tries.

''On the table-wise we're going good but we're a long way from where we want to be. I think we were pretty scrappy today,'' Gorrell said.

''We started well but fell away in the end and it's pretty disappointing for them to score 14 points I think. I think it's an attitude thing that we need to fix and stop thinking we're a bit better than we are.''


Roos second-rower Adam Pearce scored twice in the opening seven minutes, but the Warriors steadied and were able to make a few breaks down their left edge and should have had more than Brent Turner's try to show for it.

But a penalty released the pressure and the Roos shot down the other end for winger Brendan Harper to make it 18-4 after 26 minutes.

From there the floodgates opened and the visitors were 40-4 up at the break.

To their credit, the Warriors fought out the second half to minimise the damage. They might also have discovered a future star.

Sixteen-year-old hooker Isaac Hamad came off the bench to make his first-grade debut and didn't look out of place.

His speed around the ruck will cause plenty of headaches in years to come.

Coach Alan Jones said despite his size he was as strong as most of his more senior teammates.

''He's a good defender and he's quick out of dummy half. He needs to work on a couple of things. Like I said to him, 'Just go out and play your own little game, don't worry about the scoreline,' … and he did that. I thought he was pretty smart,'' Jones said.