Patience required for boys from Bondi
THE SYDNEY Roosters have never liked taking baby steps.
Ruthless towards results and winning premierships, the Bondi-firm demand success last week - not today.
Coaches, even club legends, are sacked and 11-year clubman can be moved on, if the W's don't fall.
The premiership-favourites lost Saturday to the wooden-spoon favourites, the Wests Tigers.
The Roosters played like they were trying to run before they could walk.
Despite having never played a single minute of NRL together, the Roosters spine of Cooper Cronk, Mitch Cornish, Jake Friend and James Tedesco were expected to click, gel and punish the Tigers.
The gun halfback Cronk couldn't have done much more to get the Roosters home.
He kicked a 40/20, shoved his forward's into position and was feverishly busy in defence.
The swagger was also there, but Smith and Slater weren't.
And it showed.
Tigers coach Ivan Cleary's homework on Cronk paid off, with his outside men slamming the door on almost every attacking-play that resulted in the footy getting to Tedesco.
The Roosters only try came when Friend was off the field; following a half break and quick play-the-ball from rookie rake Victor Radley.
It wasn't from a classic Cronk pass or kick, just quick and clever hands by the Roosters big men to their backline.
"Sooner rather than later,'' Roosters coach Trent Robinson said, when asked how long will it before his attacking combinations click.
"They've had enough time together, but as you saw we didn't execute well enough.''
By no means would Robinson be panicked.
But in the end, it showed us all - even the Eastern Suburbs hierarchy - that the hottest roster in the NRL will need something the club has never been good at taking.