Errors Cost Rabbitohs in the First Leg of the Ron Coote Cup

Roosters defeat Rabbitohs in a 48-6 grudge match at Allianz Stadium.

An early Rabbitohs error handed the Roosters an opportunity to open the scoreboard in the fourth minute, creating an overlap for Dom Young to score in the corner.

The home side went further ahead in the 15th minute with Walker standing up in the absence of Luke Keary, toing his own grubber over the line to extend the lead 16-0.

On the back of two set restarts South Sydney had a chance to open their account but the Roosters defence held firm and forced an error.

The Roosters had a third soon after when Tedesco lofted a pass to Young who found Walker inside to the hand the halfback a first-half double.

The second half started like the first for South Sydney, handing the ball over off the kick-off and the Roosters extended their lead two minutes after the break when Sandon Smith punted the ball off the ground and Manu cashing in on the left edge.

The Rabbitohs opened their account in the 51st minute with Host powering over from close range thanks to a slick pass from Cody Walker.

Hosty gets through

With both of their first-choice halves on the sideline, the Roosters depth was on show in the 62nd minute when Sandon Smith and Connor Watson combined to all but seal the match.

Latrell Mitchell was sin-binned for illegally crowding the ball in the in-goal and the Roosters were quick to capitalise on the advantage, with Manu strolling to push the scoreline to 36-6.

Tedesco finished the remaining 8 minutes with two tries to his name to push the final score to 48-6 in favour of the Roosters.

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