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Friday, 15 March 2019

Roosters slam 'disrespectful' clash with Cronk


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The Sydney Roosters have expressed their displeasure over what's been described as "disrespectful" treatment of veteran halfback Cooper Cronk during their round one loss to South Sydney.

Things got heated between the two sides near the end of the contest when Souths star Cody Walker and Cronk clashed, which sparked several little scuffles sporadically as the match drew to a close.

Roosters star Luke Keary was close to Cronk when he came head-to-head with Walker, and threw a subtle jab at his opposite number after the match.

"There was obviously that incident at the end where one bloke wants to carry on and be a bit disrespectful," Keary said before confirming he was talking about Walker.

"But everyone who plays the game knows that's how he plays it. That's fine. If he wants to go around doing that, it will come back to him.

"It is what it is, some people play the game like that".

NRL Highlights: Roosters v Rabbitohs - Round 1

Walker commented on his run in with Cronk on Friday night, saying battles between Souths and Roosters have always been feisty.

"I think it is just a little bit of a heat of the moment-type thing and it is a great reminder about the rivalry between Souths and the Roosters," Walker said on Friday night.

"But when it is all said and done we shook hands and that’s where it stays.

"Those little battles will still be around when we are playing again later in the season but it is just great come away with two points against such a quality side at such an iconic stadium".

Meantime ...South Sydney captain Greg Inglis reminded teammates NRL titles are won in October not March after the Rabbitohs marked the start of the Wayne Bennett era with a statement first-round win over the Sydney Roosters.

Supercoach Bennett wasted no time placing rival sides on notice after masterminding Souths' stirring 26-16 victory over the reigning premiers on a rain-sodden SCG on Friday night.

Slater dissects Reynold's kicking game

Bennett handed his Rabbitohs playmakers a licence to thrill and Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker delivered with scintillating attacking displays.

Reynolds had a hand or boot in four of his side's five tries, while Walker set up one and crossed for the second-half game clincher.

"We have very talented halves and we have a very good fullback and an extremely good hooker, so my job is to free them up and let them play their football," Bennett said.

"(It's) not to try and put them in a box or play with structure. That is detrimental to the way they play. They have a freedom to play and that is what they bring.

"That is the beauty of what makes them the players they are."

Inglis, who outpointed Latrell Mitchell in their much-hyped personal battle after starting at right centre for the first time "since probably 2006", expects Reynolds and Walker to continue to thrive under Bennett.

NRL Press Conference: Trent Robinson - Round 1

But the endorsement came with a warning.

"Him and Cody and (hooker Damien Cook) led the side very well. They're only going to grow and get better from here on in," Inglis said.

"(But) we haven't achieved anything. We've won one game out of one."

"It was terrific game by the boys defensively but we've just got to go back and fix a few little key areas up."

Even Roosters coach Trent Robinson could see how Bennett's approach had already transformed the Rabbitohs following the seven-time premiership-winning mentor's off-season high-profile coaching swap with Anthony Seibold.

"They have got much more freedom in the way that they play," Robinson said.

"They were very structured last year. You could read it."

Reynolds said the key to Souths mounting a title push was striking an attacking balance.

"We've still got structures. I think every team in the NRL's got structures. It's whether you stick to them monotonously," he said.

"If we see something, (Bennett) has encouraged us to take it and I thought on occasions tonight we did that."

The Sydney Roosters have expressed their displeasure over what's been described as "disrespectful" treatment of veteran halfback Cooper Cronk during their round one loss to South Sydney.

Things got heated between the two sides near the end of the contest when Souths star Cody Walker and Cronk clashed, which sparked several little scuffles sporadically as the match drew to a close.

Roosters star Luke Keary was close to Cronk when he came head-to-head with Walker, and threw a subtle jab at his opposite number after the match.

"There was obviously that incident at the end where one bloke wants to carry on and be a bit disrespectful," Keary said before confirming he was talking about Walker.

"But everyone who plays the game knows that's how he plays it. That's fine. If he wants to go around doing that, it will come back to him.

"It is what it is, some people play the game like that".

NRL Highlights: Roosters v Rabbitohs - Round 1

Walker commented on his run in with Cronk on Friday night, saying battles between Souths and Roosters have always been feisty.

"I think it is just a little bit of a heat of the moment-type thing and it is a great reminder about the rivalry between Souths and the Roosters," Walker said on Friday night.

"But when it is all said and done we shook hands and that’s where it stays.

"Those little battles will still be around when we are playing again later in the season but it is just great come away with two points against such a quality side at such an iconic stadium".

Meantime ...South Sydney captain Greg Inglis reminded teammates NRL titles are won in October not March after the Rabbitohs marked the start of the Wayne Bennett era with a statement first-round win over the Sydney Roosters.

Supercoach Bennett wasted no time placing rival sides on notice after masterminding Souths' stirring 26-16 victory over the reigning premiers on a rain-sodden SCG on Friday night.

Slater dissects Reynold's kicking game

Bennett handed his Rabbitohs playmakers a licence to thrill and Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker delivered with scintillating attacking displays.

Reynolds had a hand or boot in four of his side's five tries, while Walker set up one and crossed for the second-half game clincher.

"We have very talented halves and we have a very good fullback and an extremely good hooker, so my job is to free them up and let them play their football," Bennett said.

"(It's) not to try and put them in a box or play with structure. That is detrimental to the way they play. They have a freedom to play and that is what they bring.

"That is the beauty of what makes them the players they are."

Inglis, who outpointed Latrell Mitchell in their much-hyped personal battle after starting at right centre for the first time "since probably 2006", expects Reynolds and Walker to continue to thrive under Bennett.

NRL Press Conference: Trent Robinson - Round 1

But the endorsement came with a warning.

"Him and Cody and (hooker Damien Cook) led the side very well. They're only going to grow and get better from here on in," Inglis said.

"(But) we haven't achieved anything. We've won one game out of one."

"It was terrific game by the boys defensively but we've just got to go back and fix a few little key areas up."

Even Roosters coach Trent Robinson could see how Bennett's approach had already transformed the Rabbitohs following the seven-time premiership-winning mentor's off-season high-profile coaching swap with Anthony Seibold.

"They have got much more freedom in the way that they play," Robinson said.

"They were very structured last year. You could read it."

Reynolds said the key to Souths mounting a title push was striking an attacking balance.

"We've still got structures. I think every team in the NRL's got structures. It's whether you stick to them monotonously," he said.

"If we see something, (Bennett) has encouraged us to take it and I thought on occasions tonight we did that."

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