Wests Tigers suffered a 28-16 loss to the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium tonight in the annual Foundation Cup trial match.


Terrible weather throughout the day saw only a small crowd of rugby league faithfuls on hand for the seventh pre-season contest between the two clubs. Wests Tigers have won the Foundation Cup just once.


The Roosters opened the scoring in the 15th minute when half-back Mitchell Pearce put second-rower Boyd Cordner through a gap between Benji Marshall and Blake Ayshford to score untouched near the posts. Five-eighth James Maloney converted the try for a 6-0 lead.


Four minutes later, a cross field bomb by Maloney on the last tackle saw winger Daniel Tumour leap over the top of opposite winger Matt Uteri to catch the ball and slam it down for a try for a 10-0 lead. Maloney failed to convert from the sideline.


Wests Tigers got on the board in the 35th minute when a left foot grubber kick by hooker and captain Robbie Farah saw Marshall race through to plant one hand on the ball behind the posts to score. Marshall converted the try to leave Wests Tigers trailing 10-6 after 36 minutes.


2nd Half


James Tedesco replaced Tim Moltzen for the second half while centre Chris Lawrence was rested after copping a knock to a shoulder late in the first 40.


Centre Blake Ayshford left the field in the 50th minute with concussion. A minute later, the Roosters were in again when Daniel Mortimer scored under the posts after a break from Maloney. The try was converted by Maloney for a 16-6 lead to the Roosters.


A misplaced pass from Farah saw the ball go to ground before Roosters winger Roger Tuivasa-Sheck kicked it through to the in-goal area for centre Michael Jennings to dive on it to score in the 60th minute. Maloney converted the try for a 22-6 lead.


The Roosters went to a 26-6 lead in the 66th minute when Aidan Guerra beat the attempted tackle of Liam Fulton to score near the posts. Maloney converted the try for a 28-6 lead.


Wests Tigers struck back, when replacement fullback James Tedesco rolled the ball into the in-goal for Joel Reddy to score outwide. Marshall missed the kick leaving it at 28-10.


Marshall had it on a string in the 78th minute, chipping perfectly for Matt Utai to score to the right of the posts.


An easy conversion by Marshall left the final score at 28-16.