Canberra left reeling by rampant Roosters

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Sydney Roosters thrashed Canberra 38-10 in Australia's National Rugby League play-offs to make their final game for the club an unhappy one for Laurie Daley, Brett Mullins and David Furner.

Sydney Roosters thrashed Canberra 38-10 in Australia's National Rugby League play-offs to make their final game for the club an unhappy one for Laurie Daley, Brett Mullins and David Furner.

Daley is retiring while Mullins and Furner are joining Leeds and Wigan respectively, but none of them could inspire a fightback against the Roosters, for whom another player on his way to Wigan, Adrian Lam, was outstanding. In the other semi-final, Parramatta upset Penrith 28-10 on Saturday.

Sydney produced a powerful display including three unanswered tries in a 13-minute period starting just before half-time. Craig Wing scored under the posts for the first try of the match in the 34th minute for Sydney, followed by Ryan Cross, who managed to force the ball down while tackled by Canberra's Ken Nagas in-goal, two minutes before half-time.

Cross scored again in the 47th minute and further tries to Matt Sing and Anthony Minichello (two) completed the rout. Wingers Lesley Vainikolo and Mark McLinden scored late tries for Canberra.

Parramatta trailed 10-2 late in the first half after tries to Penrith's lock John Cross and winger Robbie Beckett.

The Parramatta Eels winger Stuart Kelly cut through the Panthers' defence to score a converted try in the 36th minute, reducing the margin to 10-8 and the Eels drew level at 10-10 in the 39th minute with a penalty goal from Clinton Schifcoske, who kicked six goals.

Parramatta broke clear in the second half with unanswered tries by winger Jason Moodie in the 42nd minute, Ian Hindmarsh in the 64th minute and Dennis Moran four minutes later.

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