NRL: Latrell Mitchell masterclass earns Roosters victory over Tigers

  • 04/05/2019
Latrell Mitchell.
Latrell Mitchell. Photo credit: Image: Getty

Latrell Mitchell has shaken off uncertainty about his future to deliver one of the most-dominant individual performances of the year in the Sydney Roosters' 42-12 thrashing of the Wests Tigers.

All week, Mitchell was dogged by headlines that the club was worried about arch rivals South Sydney going all out for his signature when he came off contract at the end of 2020.

If he was fazed by the speculation about his future, he didn't show it as he ran in three tries and set up another two in the seven-tries-to-one win on Saturday night at the SCG.

The Roosters racked up their seventh win on the trot to remain in top spot as they eyed off a showdown with surprise packets Canberra during Magic Round next weekend in Brisbane.

Mitchell showcased his skill, power, kicking prowess as well as scoring two long-range tries, finishing with 169 run metres and a 26-point haul.

With Luke Keary back in the side after missing last week with a concussion, the Roosters' left side clicked into gear.

The in-form No.6 fed Mitchell into open space and he ran 60 metres to score, finishing off the play with a diving put-down.

The 21-year-old then ragdolled Esan Marsters and Matt Eisenhuth to shrug off their attempted tackles, broke into the backfield and put in a perfectly weighted grubber which bounced up for Keary to make it 18-6 at halftime.

With Benji Marshall failing to overcome a hamstring injury, fellow Tigers veteran Robbie Farah took it upon himself to inspire his side, sneaking over from dummy-half to give his side a sniff.

But Mitchell couldn't be kept out of the game for long.

Sitili Tupouniua came down with a Cooper Cronk bomb, dragged in two defenders and Mitchell was jogging on the spot to get his second to make it 24-12.

From there, the home side put the Tigers to the sword. Cronk - playing his 355th match to draw alongside Darren Lockyer in second on the most games list - set up Nat Butcher with an inside ball.

Mitchell put the icing on the cake when he snatched a Farah pass and ran 80 metres to put it down under the black dot.

Mitchell could have had a fourth in the dying moments but Boyd Cordner was able to get to a Keary chip first to seal the victory.

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