Sydney Roosters 20 (B. Morris 3, D. Tupou tries; Taukeiaho 1/3, Tedesco 0/1 goals) def. Wigan Warriors 8 (T. Davies, L. Marshall tries; Z. Hardaker 0/2 goals) Sydney 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 5. Brett Morris 4. Joseph Manu 20. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jared Warea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Sio Siua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd Corder 3. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Victor Radley 14. Issac Liu 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Lindsay Collins 17. Nat Butcher Wigan 20. Zak Hardaker 2. Tom Davies 3. Dan Sarginson 4. Oliver Gildart 17. Liam Marshall 6. George Williams 7. Thomas Leuluai 8. Tony Clubb 9. Sam Powell 10. Ben Flower 11. Joe Greenwood 12. Liam Farrell 13. Sean O'Laughlin 14. Romain Navarrete 15. Willie Isa 16. Gabe Hamlin 22. Joe Bullock Sydney opened their 2019 account with a commanding win in the World Club Championship exhibition game. It looked like it was going to be a massacre early on. Gildart couldn't handle Brett Morris and the Roosters had two tries without hardly breaking a sweat. Then JWH couldn't help himself and caught two Wigan players with cheap shots in the ensuing play. It woke the Warriors up and while it wasn't pretty, they actually started playing some footy and scored in the corner. It was pretty even for most of the first half, but the Warriors kicking game eventually took it's toll and the Roosters were able to work themselves into good field position. They didn't waste much time getting the ball to Morris and he made short work of Gildart once more. The Roosters looked like they were going to go on from it from there, but the Warriors kept holding them out by the skin of their teeth. Eventually momentum shifted and the Warriors were able to make the most of their opportunity with Williams throwing a do or die cut-out pass that Marshall was able to put on his boot, pick up and score. 16-8 and all the momentum was the Warriors way. When George Williams put a kick in behind the line and had the Roosters struggling to work it out of their own half, it appeared the upset was on the cards. But then they started impatient football, with forwards kicking for themselves and the like. Gildart had an opportunity to redeem himself, but he couldn't capitilise on the ricochet. Off a 20m restart, the Roosters showed their class. Off a 20m restart they forced a goal line drop-out. The Warriors actually got it back off the short restart but couldn't do anything with it. The Roosters worked another goal-line drop out and off the ensuing set, worked a cross-field kick to Tupou and Davies made the mistake of taking him on in the air. 20-8 and it was game over. The Roosters picked up where they left off. Cronk & Keary led the team around well on the park and the middles controlled the ruck well. They're still the masters of spoiling the play. Whenever the opposition looks likely, they'll do everything to give away the penalty. The Warriors didn't build much pressure but they did well to hang in for most of the match. Gildart had a shocker and the last tackle plays were forgettable but when wanted to spread the footy and challenge the Roosters inside defenders they were giving them something to think about. For the most part, I thought they were guilty of setting up for the next play. Lots of short passes to forwards when playing out the back was also an option. I could understand it if you had Asofa-Solomona, Bromwich etc. but Liam Farrell doesn't exactly breathe fear into the hearts of men. Last tackle plays weren't great either which was a shame because when Williams played with options he was impressive.