NRL: Evergreen Brett Morris hat-trick sees Sydney Roosters thrash Wests Tigers

An evergreen display from winger Brett Morris has seen Sydney Roosters thrash Wests Tigers in round two of the NRL, bagging a hat-trick in the 40-6 victory in Campbelltown.

Morris, 34, backed up his hat-trick in the Roosters' 46-4 round one victory over Manly with another treble, crossing over three times against the Tigers and taking his tally to a staggering six tries in two games so far in 2021.

The effort is the first time a player has claimed successive hat-tricks to open a first-grade season, according to NRL statistician David Middleton, albeit from records only dating back to 1970.

The display from Morris sees the Roosters move to top of the NRL ladder after two rounds on points differential, ahead of second-placed Penrith.

Morris was joined on the scoresheet by Sitili Tupouniua, Fletcher Baker and James Tedesco, who scored twice.

The table-topping Roosters will next be in action against South Sydney Rabbitohs in round three on Friday, with a chance to avenge the 60-8 thrashing from round 20 last year.

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