EXCUSE the latte being spat out on the pages of every paper carried by an eastern suburbs cafe this week, but were we really talking about the Roosters being under the pump after one loss? Just oneloss?
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Dumped as premiership favourites after a last-minute defeat to the Tigers, struggling to strike combinations, a forward pack as fragile as your grandmother's china, a coach who just needs to win, a chairman who can't find his successor ... hold that latte, they say.
They won't be premiership favourites after this weekend. Might not be premiership favourites for a while yet.
But it was a little glimpse of when the Roosters start purring Nick Politis' well assembled machine, not many will go with them.
As for that overreaction during the week?
OK, it was.
But the incessant quizzing about the likes of Cooper Cronk and James Tedesco might wear a little thin if Robinson's post-match musings are any guide.
Both scored their first tries for the tricolours, a coming-out party a week later than expected if you like.
Cronk's one, at the instigation of Tedesco after a midfield bust, would warm even the coldest latte.
His fractured jaw and the ensuing headaches seem an eternity ago.
The Tigers loss seems an eternity ago. Playing Mitchell Pearce and the Knights seems an eternity away – "I'll get over tonight first", Robinson said.
As for his little number six, he was a bit more forthcoming on him.
"Luke was good," Robinson said.
"He had some really nice plays.
“He was probably blowing about 30 minutes in and found a bit of energy in the second half.
“I thought he looked really good.We had to fight through with 10 or 20 [minutes] to go. We really had to fight."
The reason was a pectoral tear to Daniel Tupou and a sickening head gash to Mitchell Aubusson, the result of friendly fire from Jake Friend.
Isaac Liu also spent 10 minutes in the bin. Yet there was only going to be on one winner of this game.
As for the Bulldogs, which contains Kiama Knights juniors Brett and Josh Morris, where to from here?
They're trying, but they're not in the same league as Cronk's old and new clubs.
The normally cordial Bulldogs captain Josh Jackson sat in his seat at the post-match press conference and was about as angry as Josh Jackson gets.
Asked about the torturous Storm-Roosters one-two punch to start the year, Jackson fired back: "It doesn't matter who you play, that's not good enough.”
“Thirty points isn't good enough.
“If we want to be there in September we've got to match it with any team, no matter how good a footy team they are."
Their detractors would argue Dean Pay shouldn't hold his breath for his first win as an NRL head coach.
Whatever headaches Keary has had, Pay will be having them multiple times over. He's got Penrith on the horizon.
"It's becoming frustrating, that's for sure," Pay said.
"We need to be better.
“We certainly need to be better.
“We need to work on ourselves and be happy with what we're doing.
“It's not about the opposition, it's about what we're doing."
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