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Rooster James Maloney defends decision to override coach's order

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Canterbury defeat Sydney in dogfight

The Canterbury Bulldogs defeated the Sydney Roosters 8-9 at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.

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Sydney Roosters five-eighth James Maloney defended the decision to ignore coach Trent Robinson's instruction to take a shot at goal which, had it been converted, might have seen the team win Friday night's match against Canterbury.

Minutes before Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds potted the field goal – the only point in the second half – to seal a hard-fought 9-8 victory with 10 minutes on the clock, the Roosters chose not to take a penalty goal close to the opposition's line.

Robinson said he would be more firm with future instructions, but Maloney said the players felt they could score a try.

Bad move: A dejected Aidan Guerra and James Maloney after Friday's loss to the Bulldogs.

Bad move: A dejected Aidan Guerra and James Maloney after Friday's loss to the Bulldogs. Photo: Getty Images

''The call was left up to us,'' he said. ''It felt like we were getting a bit of momentum, but it was probably the wrong way of thinking, with the conditions. If you had the time again, you'd take it.''

 After suffering their third loss from five games, Maloney said it was obvious that as defending premiers, the Roosters' opponents were lifting. However, he stressed that there was no reason to panic.

''That's what we're coming to terms with at the moment,'' he said of the spirit his team had encountered so far. ''It's a challenge we'll have all year, so we need to adapt, and there's areas we can improve.'' 

 Maloney said supporters shouldn't interpret their team's early-season defeats as a sign of complacency in the Roosters' ranks.

''It's not through a lack of hard work or a lack of willingness,'' he said. ''It's just a [need for] some polish and offering a little more in attack. I think sometimes when we use a bit of 'juice', we're a bit predictable.''

7 comments so far

  • Ignoring who won or who lost 2 memorable things can out of this game. Firstly the defence of both teams was hard solid and no Storm premeditated tactics of lifting the player of the ground to immobilise him. One of the best games I've seen for a long time solid man or men on man defence without a hint of anything other than that front on defence. Proof that the game can be exciting with the simplest things being done correctly. 2nd a great call by the ref when a one on one tackle went past the parallel a penalty was blown before the player hit the ground. Hard to say but WELL DONE REFS!!!! It would be great if the Storm coach and captain played the sport rather than seeking illegalities that have to be wound up later. Anyone who thought the chicken wing etc was in the spirit of the game should have been banned for life!! 10 years of destroying the game had to stop sometime! Maybe one day the Storm win at all costs will be reviewed to win by playing the game not the rule book better.

    Commenter
    Well done refs
    Date and time
    April 06, 2014, 1:12AM
    • Totally agree, great game the other night...tough hard legitimate defence, storm take note !

      Commenter
      Bullsroar
      Date and time
      April 06, 2014, 9:57AM
    • Yes a wonderful match. Best I've seen for ages. Result in the balance the whole game. Congratulations to both teams.

      Commenter
      Jay
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      April 06, 2014, 1:04PM
  • maybe maloney they don't need a coach if they know better 2 tries had been scored all game yet int here almighty arrogance they thought they would score

    Commenter
    morgan
    Date and time
    April 06, 2014, 10:19AM
    • Well done Maloney. You've reinforced the opinion of everyone who thinks you're actually out of your depth in the elite game.

      Commenter
      Phil J.
      Location
      Seaforth
      Date and time
      April 06, 2014, 11:07AM
      • Why isn't he penalised for throwing opponents' boots away?

        Commenter
        Jay
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        April 06, 2014, 12:36PM
        • Maloney's right - there is no need to panic. Premierships are built on solid defence and the Roosters have conceded just two tries in two games. Had a little luck (and adjudications) gone their way in both games (v Manly and Canterbury) the results would have been different.

          Commenter
          Gekko
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          Potts Point
          Date and time
          April 07, 2014, 10:19AM

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