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Roosters not happy with Latrell yet in NRL

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/03/2017 Steve Zemek

Teen sensation Latrell Mitchell and a revitalised Daniel Tupou are shaping as the Sydney Roosters' X-factor this year but Trent Robinson is refusing to let them soak up the plaudits.

The dynamic left-side combination of Mitchell and Tupou has suddenly given the tricolours something they had lacked last season - strike power.

The Roosters struggled last year in attack - finishing with the third-worst points-for record - but they enjoyed a promising first hitout in Saturday's season-opening rout of Gold Coast.

Three-try hero Mitchell and winger Tupou finished the game with a combined two try assists, three linebreaks, one linebreak assist, 12 tackle busts and six offloads.

The pair ran riot, with the Roosters' 28-0 halftime lead representing the most points they had scored in the first 40 minutes of a game since 2015.

But after his side took their foot off the accelerator and allowed the Titans back into the game, Robinson wasn't letting them rest on their laurels.

"(Mitchell) scored some tries, he needed to - that's what he's there for," Robinson said.

"He was lucky enough to score three; he had a lot of help from Daniel Tupou with a fair bit of experience outside of him.

"He's learning that position. Fans will see some three tries and we'll see some other stuff from him and he's still on a road to improvement."

Mitchell's move to the centres looks to be paying dividends with the 19-year-old bagging the first three-try haul of his career.

Robinson refused to elaborate on what he wanted more of but made it known he wasn't content, fearing they hadn't proven anything after last year's horror six-win season.

Robinson was equally demanding of Tupou, despite his charge making a mammoth 156m and setting up Mitchell's final try with a flying bat-back, showing form from several years ago when he earned a NSW jumper.

"This is his fifth season now, he's that experienced player - he's played Origin. So we expect a lot out of him," Robinson said.

"What he did in the game was really exciting and some of it at the back end wasn't acceptable."

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