Fresh from their best performance of the season a week after their previous benchmark, Roosters coach Trent Robinson was in no mood to discuss the cloud hovering over the soon-to-be dethroned minor premiers after they extinguished the Dragons’ ever so faint finals hopes.
Stunned when the NRL stood down the Roosters’ longtime recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan last week over allegations he had financial transactions with controversial gambler Eddie Hayson, Robinson refrained from providing commentary on how the potential absence of one of the best talent spotters in the game would affect their plans for 2017 and beyond.
“I think that’s irrelevant to today and it’s in the hands of the NRL and I’ll leave it at that,” Robinson said before hastily wrapping up his press conference following a 42-6 towelling of St George Illawarra atAllianz Stadium on Sunday.
O’Sullivan has been given until next month to appeal the NRL’s stance. Some of the juniors he has nursed into the Roosters system – including whizkid Latrell Mitchell – showed his eye for talent will never diminish as this season’s also-rans added another question to a head-scratching season with their first back-to-back wins in 2016.
How they have been long out of the finals equation will be one of those league mysteries which may never be solved. “I said to the boys after the game, ‘we don’t deserve to be in the finals based on this year and the way we’ve gone about this year’,” Robinson said. “You do play a certain style and you want to try to play your best. If you went through the whole year and didn’t do that that would have been frustrating. I’ve had a couple of people talk about it’s hard to get teams motivated and that’s the opposite with these guys.”
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