Sydney Roosters

Roosters edge Bulldogs in a thriller

It took nine rounds for the Tricolours to register two wins in 2016, but last year's strugglers have already equalled that mark a fortnight into the new season. 

The halves pairing of Luke Keary and Mitchell Pearce picked up from where they left off on the Gold Coast with the duo playing a part in almost all of their side's five tries. 

There were plenty of positive signs for the Bulldogs who started and finished the game on fire despite being ravaged by injuries throughout the contest.  

Hat-trick hero Mitchell gets 'pass mark'

As the Roosters ran riot in the first half to open up a 28-0 lead at the break Mitchell was one of the major beneficiaries, scoring two tries in the first 40 minutes before sealing the 32-18 Telstra Premiership win with the final try of the night.

Robinson was unaware that Mitchell had even scored the first hat-trick of his young career and said the decision to move him into the centres was made just two days after the 2016 season came to a close.

We need to find killer instinct: Roosters

But for skipper Jake Friend - who isn't interested in making excuses - it's a reminder of just how ordinary they were last year.

Hanging over the Roosters' annus horribilis is a sense of 'what could have been?'

Watson re-signs with Roosters

20 year-old Watson expressed his delight at extending his contract with the Tricolours.

"I'm very excited to extend my time with the Roosters," said Watson.

"I'm learning so much from Robbo (head coach Trent Robinson) and the coaches, and this is where I want to build a career. 

"I know I still have a lot of improvement in me, and hopefully I'll keep learning and improving and secure an opportunity to play some good footy for the Roosters," he added.

Robinson said it was exciting to have Watson extend his arrangement with the club.

Dylan Napa admitted to hospital after charity party turns ugly

Reports suggest there was a violent incident that occured in the early hours of the morning, but Napa's involvement is still unknown.

A neighbour claimed there were noises of breaking bottles and screaming before the authorities arrived.

“This morning (Sunday) about 3am I heard a woman shouting at someone but I could not hear any voices shouting back then the next thing I heard was screaming and bottles breaking,” the neighbour told The Daily Telegraph.

Brisbane Broncos beat Sydney Roosters 24-14 to make NRL finals picture a little bit brighter

The Broncos sit in fourth place after the first game of the final round, but will be overtaken by North Queensland if the Cowboys beat the Titans on Saturday.

Canterbury is also an outside chance of passing last year's runners-up, but would need to beat South Sydney by 45 points on Friday to make that happen.

Regardless of how it ends up, Brisbane will happily take the two points for a fifth-straight week although the performance left a bit to be desired with the playoffs looming.

Cooper unlucky again: Qld selectors

Queensland selector Allan Smith admits Cooper will remain in the queue along with fellow Cowboys back-rower Ethan Lowe when they finalise June 22's Origin II team on Monday.

Smith said only injuries would pave the way for Cooper's maiden Origin due to the selectors' loyalty to incumbent bench forward Guerra.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it," Smith told AAP when asked about Queensland's Origin II side.

"Our biggest issue is how everyone pulls up."

Melbourne Storm on top of NRL ladder after hammering Sydney Roosters

The emphatic victory saw the Storm reclaim first place on the ladder from Cronulla and they will hang on to it despite the fact the Sharks are yet to play their round-14 game.

Cronulla would have to beat reigning premiers North Queensland by more than 42 points on Monday night in what would be its 10th-straight win to take top spot back.

On Saturday night, the Storm looked every part worthy ladder leaders as long-serving stars Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk led them around the park.

Bondi Boys ready for old Rooster Roger

Although Tuivasa-Sheck's 'homecoming' won't be to his old regular home ground of Allianz Stadium, he has publicly said it will be a big game for him against his old club.

Roosters halfback Jackson Hastings told that while there hadn't been a lot made within the playing group about Tuivasa-Sheck's return, he also conceded it would be an interesting experience playing opposite the prolific custodian for a change.

Pearce suspended for eight matches

Following the consideration of all relevant material relating to the incident, the Roosters issued Pearce the following sanctions:

1. Removal of club captaincy.

2. Suspended from the club leadership group for 2016.

3. $125,000 fine ($50,000 suspended).

4. Suspension from playing in the NRL for eight rounds, and his return will be subject to on-going rehabilitation and good conduct.

Sydney Roosters, CEO Mr John Lee, welcomed the finalisation of the matter.