Winless NRL start a blessing, say Roosters

It’s the losing streak the Sydney Roosters needed to have.

It might be an unpopular opinion amongst the Tricolours faithful and fly in the face of the sustained success the club has enjoyed during coach Trent Robinson’s tenure but hardman Sam Moa believes their 0-5 start to the NRL season will only serve them well in the longterm.

The Roosters, dead last and the only side on zero points after five rounds, are facing their worst start since their winless 1966 season and the prospect of their finals hopes being snuffed out before the representative period.

After enjoying three straight minor premiers and a premiership win since Robinson took over in 2013, it has been a hard landing for the eastern suburbs club.

Because of suspension and key departures, control of the side has been handed over to the likes of 18-year-old Latrell Mitchell, 20-year-old Jackson Hastings, and Jayden Nikorima, 19, who have endured a steep learning curve.

Moa said the side had at times been embarrassed by their performances over the first five weeks but was adamant the hardship would forge them into better players.

“We’ve been on the other end. But that’s football – you win some games in a row and you lose a few,” Moa said.

“Unfortunately we’re going through (a losing) period now. We’ve got a lot of players who are relatively young in their careers and it’s going to do them a world of good.

“It’s hopefully going to make us as a playing group a lot tougher, having to get through these rough patches.

“Once we get a few wins, everyone will start to get off our backs but more so for ourselves to get the confidence up.”

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