Yates’ verdict: Saints given hard lesson by cut-throat Roosters

Sydney Roosters' Aidan Guerra goes over for a try past Saints' Morgan Knowles
Sydney Roosters' Aidan Guerra goes over for a try past Saints' Morgan Knowles

It’s tough enough facing one of the world’s best club sides but when the Gods don’t smile on you, then you are up a creek without a paddle.

Saints certainly didn’t enjoy a rub of the green, particularly in the first half of their

Joe Greenwood is tackled by Sydney Roosters' Dylan Napa (left) and Sio Siua Taukeiaho

Joe Greenwood is tackled by Sydney Roosters' Dylan Napa (left) and Sio Siua Taukeiaho

38-12 drubbing by the Sydney Roosters in the World Club Series encounter at Langtree Park on Friday.

The Aussies first try came on the back of a St Helens drop out, even though it looked as though they had initially kept the ball in open play, the second followed a fortuitous ricochet and there was a suggestion that the third resulted from a forward pass.

But having said that Kerion Cunningham’s boys were forced to play second fiddle for large parts of the game and were given a sharp lesson by the NRL Minor Premiership winners in cut-throat finishing and finely-tuned organisation.

More worrying, though, is the fact that in their opening three meaningful fixtures - two in the Super League and one on the world stage - Saints have conceded 98 points and it is something they will need to address as quickly as possible on the training field ahead of Friday’s trip to Hull KR.

Joe Greenwood is tackled by Sydney Roosters' Dylan Napa (left) and Sio Siua Taukeiaho

Joe Greenwood is tackled by Sydney Roosters' Dylan Napa (left) and Sio Siua Taukeiaho

How the players respond will be key to the outcome and no one needs to remind them that their recent record at Craven Park in both league and cup isn’t something to write home about.

Saints Alex Walmsley is tackled by Sydney Roosters' Kane Evans (left) and Dylan Napa

Saints Alex Walmsley is tackled by Sydney Roosters' Kane Evans (left) and Dylan Napa

Sydney Roosters' Aidan Guerra celebrates his try against Saints, during the World Club Series match at Langtree Park

Sydney Roosters' Aidan Guerra celebrates his try against Saints, during the World Club Series match at Langtree Park