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Sydney Roosters attack on song in NRL rout

Brett Morris became the first player in history to start a season with back-to-back hat-tricks as the Sydney Roosters' red-hot attack made another statement against Wests Tigers.

Missing six stars including Boyd Cordner, Jake Friend and Angus Crichton, the Roosters barely got out of second gear in the 40-6 win.

James Tedesco scored twice in his return to Campbelltown against his old club, while halfback Luke Keary was arguably the Roosters' best with five try assists.

Beyond Morris' 113-year first according to league historian David Middleton, Keary's switch to halfback has coincided with their hottest start to a season in attack with 86 points in the first two rounds.

Even coach Trent Robinson spoke before the season that he could feel a drop in external expectation about the club. But it's hard to see how they could be flying under the radar any longer.

Their in-form right edge has now scored 12 tries in the opening two rounds, with Keary's switch to halfback an overwhelming success.

"There was no plan about where we wanted to be," Robinson said.

"Every team starts the season wanting to play their style of football. That's what we've tried to do.

"We've been very good on the left over the years and very good on the right.

"That's just a credit to the way they've worked."

Their first try down that edge when Tedesco put Joey Manu into free space with a cut-out ball, before Brett Morris kicked back inside for his fullback,

Another came when Keary and Lachlan Lam's quick hands combined for Morris' first, while Sitili Tupouniua was the beneficiary of a Keary wrap around before halftime.

So dominant were the Roosters down that side of the field, Tigers centre Joey Leilua missed eight tackles and Luke Brooks three.

Another came after halftime when he got on the outside of Brooks and produced a lovely flick ball for Morris' second.

Morris' hat-trick was complete when Manu took a Keary cross-field kick uncontested, before the veteran winger finished the job.

Keary's kicking also gifted Tedesco his second try, when the fullback chased through a grubber kick through the middle of the field and it ricocheted off a defender into his hands.

The Tigers' only try came when Jacob Liddle went over from dummy-half in the first half.

Daine Laurie was their best at No.1, while Brooks threatened with ball in hand in his 150th game but three times kicked it dead and gave away seven-tackle sets.

Their defence was best summed up when it capitulated through the middle of the field late, allowing Lindsay Collins to go through and put debutant Fletcher Baker over.

"They definitely gave us a working down on our left edge. We need to have a look at that," coach Michael Maguire said.

"The guys on that left edge need to have a look at that themselves in terms of how they rectify that.

"We got shown today we need to be a hell of a lot better than what we were."