Battered Chooks look for solutions
A physically and mentally battered Sydney Roosters are doing their best to find positives after their worst start to an NRL season since 2009.
That year they lost their first six games and finished with the wooden spoon.
Somehow they have to turn around a five-game losing streak against South Sydney - the team that started the rot in round one, thrashing them 42-10.
Last year's minor premiers and the best defensive side in the competition suddenly has become a turnstile to the tryline, giving up 157 points or 32 points a game to their opposition.
Coach Trent Robinson no doubt will challenge his players to turn the season around by finding some pride in their defence and a commitment to play harder, starting with Friday night's grudge match with Souths.
Robinson knows he can't wait for some of his big guns like Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Boyd Cordner, Dale Copley and halfback Mitchell Pearce - still serving penance for his Australia Day antics - to get back on the field.
The Roosters will need to repeat the club's 12-game winning streak from last year, but it is hard to see them being able to turn things around if they suffer another heavy loss to the in-form Rabbits.
"We've done it for the last few years. We've strung some games together," Roosters skipper Jake Friend said. "The confidence after losing five games is down a bit but I think all the boys here believe we can go on another run like that."