Roosters off to a great start with Wallabys thrashing
A WIN against the Wallabys on Saturday night seems to have marked a different season for Calliope Roosters this year.
Roosters defeated the reigning premiers 36-14 in what coach Russell Thomas said was a good win.
"The guys went well," Thomas said.
He said some of the young "home-bred boys" stepped up to the challenge and the club's new NRL recruits were fitting in nicely.
"We are starting to gel," he said.
Wallabys president Adam Hamilton said it had been a tough game and good to watch. His side led 4-nil with 10 minutes to go in the first half, but he said Calliope quickly made up for it.
"Calliope scored a bit of a runaway try and got a little momentum," Hamilton said.
By the time the half-time siren sounded, Calliope had scored three tries.
"It was a good battle really," he said. "They had a couple of tries late in the second half as well."
The most pleasing thing for Hamilton was the way the Wallabys played, despite the loss.
"I'm stoked with the effort of our blokes. They were unreal. We didn't win but the effort was there."
He said Calliope would be a tough team to beat this season with plenty of quality players but he thought the rest of the teams were up for the challenge.
"I think the five teams are all going to be competitive," he said.
Thomas said Wallabys played well and they would be a "formidable" opponent throughout the season.
"They will be a force to be reckoned with," he said.
Despite the win, he said Calliope had some work to do as completion rates and a lack of discipline let the side down.
"That last pass just always came unstuck."
The Roosters are also battling a few minor injuries but Thomas said they were nothing too severe.