2022-04-20 00:26:00

The Roosters have had a lacklustre start to the season and star playmaker Luke Keary has pulled no punches in his assessment.

Trent Robinson’s side were impressive against the Sea Eagles and Cowboys, but have struggled to fire in wins over the Broncos and Warriors in recent weeks.

“We are just playing some tough footy at the moment, we have set our year up defensively pretty well, we have been pretty solid,” Keary said.

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“And then the attack is where the attack is, it is no secret we are clunky and we are not where we want to be.

“But we have been working really hard at training on it so hopefully it comes.

“Melbourne, Penrith throw Cronulla in there, Parramatta, Souths, they are better than us at the moment.

“It is no secret we haven’t competed with them over the last 18 months of footy and we know where we need to get to to compete with them.

“We are working really hard to get to that level but I don’t think we are there yet no.”

Despite their slow start to the season, The Daily Telegraph’s Paul Kent believes the Tricolous master coach always has a plan.

“Luke is spot on, there is two ways that teams approach their season,” Kent explained on NRL360.

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“One is the Melbourne model, the Parramatta model, you get revving high and you maintain it for the rest of the year, as long as you can.

“Trent Robinson in recent years has gone through a bit of shift in ways he coaches his teams where, he gives them like blocks to work on certain aspects and builds on them so by the time the season end comes along they are going into peak form.

“That is where they are at now, they are at a stage in their game where they know they aren’t playing well, he doesn’t panic them by saying guys we are playing terrible what is wrong, he says guys it is all a part of the plan, this is what we have to work on now and they can go out and do that.”

“Keary is coming back from an ACL… young Sam Walker who is at the start of his career, Victor Radley who is coming back from injuries, you haven’t really had Sam Verrills playing,” The Daily Telegraph’s Paul Crawley added.

The Daily Telegraph’s David Riccio signalled one key position as the issue for the Roosters, having lost a crucial veteran early last season.

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“I think dummy-half is the problem area, I don’t think they have recovered from Jake Friend,” Riccio said.

“Two inconsistent seasons due to injury and Connor Watson wasn’t a starting hooker at the Knights.”

“You give Verrills a dozen games at dummy-half and he will find his rhythm and that problem will go,” Kent replied.

“He might not be there next year, because look who is coming, Brandon Smith,” Riccio said.

“I think that is their problem at dummy-half, they just haven’t nailed it yet.”

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