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Maloney wants Roosters to rest up

Boom five-eighth James Maloney says his Sydney Roosters side have earned a rest and can freshen up for the business end of the NRL season.
Maloney wants Roosters to rest up
by AAP

By Adrian Warren

SYDNEY, June 7 AAP - Boom five-eighth James Maloney says his Sydney Roosters side have earned a rest and can freshen up for the business end of the NRL season.

A 36-0 thumping of lowly St George Illawarra at Kogarah on Saturday lifted the Roosters above defending premiers Melbourne into second spot, behind local rivals South Sydney.

Following on from good wins over fellow finals aspirants the Bulldogs and Manly, the Roosters ran in six tries against the hapless Dragons.

They recorded their fourth shutout of an increasingly impressive season that now seems certain to deliver finals football in their first campaign under coach Trent Robinson.

"The boys have earned a rest now," said Maloney referring to their bye next week.

"They'll go away and freshen up and get ready for the business end of the season.

"It's important we give the bodies a rest now and get ready, it takes its toll through the middle part of the year."

Maloney made an assured comeback after missing the Manly game five days earlier due to the fractured eye socket he suffered in the second Origin match.

He scored the Roosters first try and landed all six of his attempts at goal and reported no issues with his cheekbone.

"It's as good as gold, I don't even know about that anymore, so it's sweet," Maloney said.

"I haven't scored a try in a while, so it's nice to get one of them again.

"It was good to play the 80 minutes and get that under the belt."

Maloney, who reached the grand final in 2011 with the Warriors, stressed the Roosters were still far from their best despite the impressive victory margin over the Dragons.

"There's still plenty we can work on," Maloney said.

"A lot of opportunities we created, we probably blew a few of them and pushed our luck, which we can improve on."




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