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Record Roosters win ends Dragons' season

AAP logoAAP 21/08/2016 By James MacSmith

Coach Trent Robinson doesn't believe his Sydney Roosters deserve to play in the NRL finals despite back-to-back wins including a 42-6 thumping of St George Illawarra at Allianz Stadium.

Blake Ferguson and Daniel Tupou scored two tries each for the hosts before 11,486 fans on Sunday, and the record-equalling effort secured the Roosters their first consecutive victories this season.

The Roosters forwards led by Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Siosiua Taukeiaho had a field day, and halves Mitchell Pearce and Connor Watson took full advantage.

After defeating 2015 grand finalists Brisbane and North Queensland in recent weeks, the Dragons were the latest side to have their finals plans upset by the Roosters.

The 36-point loss by the Dragons, equal in size to their 36-0 defeat to the Tricolours at Kogarah in 2013, has ended the joint venture's playoff hopes.

The Roosters' finals hopes expired months ago, and their morale-boosting end to 2016 is capable only of providing them with momentum for 2017.

"I thought we worked hard in the first half and got our rewards in the second," Robinson said.

"People have said to me, 'Is hard to get motivated?' I have found it has been the opposite. Two weeks in a row it was really good to see.

"But I said to the boys after the game we don't deserve to be in the finals.

"We found it hard in some of those losses (earlier this year).

"But this was coming and we have shown growth."

Early forward dominance had the Roosters ahead 12-0 after 27 minutes courtesy of tries to Mitch Aubusson and Ryan Matterson.

The Dragons rallied late in the first half and a Gareth Widdop try in the 36th minute kept the visitors in touch.

But the Roosters blew the Dragons away in the second half with five tries through doubles to Tupou and Ferguson and one to Aidan Guerra.

Guerra enjoyed a solid hitout after being dropped for the win over the Cowboys.

Dale Copley (concussion) made way for Guerra, with Aubusson shifting to centre.

Aubusson hurt his kidneys in scoring and didn't return.

Coach Paul McGregor said the Dragons' slow start cost them.

"I'm disappointed with end result because we were finalists last year and now with two rounds to go we are not in the hunt," he said.

"Our effort late in the first half and early in the second was fantastic. But apart from that the Roosters did a job on us there.

"The last three weeks we had done pretty well and last week (a 32-18 win over Cronulla) we put it all together.

"But today we just didn't do it early. The Roosters played that first 20 minutes probably better than all teams have against us all year."

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