Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson reflects on 200 games with Tricolours


“Really proud to be here at the Roosters and there a lot of players and staff that have been here along this ride that have made the time special. It’s not going to stop any time soon. So we just keep forging forward,” Robinson said on Friday morning.

‘But when someone said it to me yesterday I think about Travis Touma, Craig Fitzgibbon and Steph Brennan and Dennis Russell and then [Jake] Friendy and Boyd [Cordner] and Jared [Waerea-Hargreaves] and Aubo [Mitch Aubusson].

Trent Robinson has paid tribute to players and staff at the Roosters ahead of his 200th match in charge of the premiers.

Trent Robinson has paid tribute to players and staff at the Roosters ahead of his 200th match in charge of the premiers.Credit:Getty

“They’ve all been doing it for a while now and will continue to do that.”

The milestone comes as Robinson starts to re-emerge from the worst injury toll the club has seen during his time in charge.

Waerea-Hargreaves and Brett Morris are back in the team that will face the Tigers but the premiers are still without Luke Keary (ribs), Cordner (concussion), Angus Crichton (knee), Victor Radley (knee), Aubusson (wrist), Daniel Tupou (ankle), Sam Verrills (knee), Billy Smith (knee) and Lachlan Lam (ankle).

All nine of those players would likely feature in Robinson’s best 17 but the Roosters coach refuses to make that even a hint of an excuse for the recent dip in the club’s typically consistent form.

“To have some of our senior players back ready to play is a real positive for our group,” Robinson said.

“For some of the young guys bringing some good energy you want to have a mix of both and we’ve been able to do that this week.”

Lam and Keary’s recent injuries have opened the door for Kyle Flanagan’s return.

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The rising star was dropped a fortnight ago and Robinson has liked what he has seen from the 21-year-old since receiving the disappointing news.

“Discussions have been good. Continue to train hard, to watch film, to understand things that we both wanted,” Robinson said of Flanagan.

“We’ve been able to go on-field and get our combinations going. It’s been a good couple of weeks.”

Flanagan will take charge of the team as his halves partner Drew Hutchison has started in just four games in two years at the club.

“That was his role a couple of weeks ago. Asking nothing different of Kyle,” Robinson said.

“We’re looking for development in all of our games, in all of our players. There’s no difference there. But we’re not asking for a change of focus from him. Keep driving towards being the best version of himself.”

Robinson said Cordner remains on track to return from concussion next week and gave little away when asked about whether Sonny Bill Williams would turn out in the next fortnight.

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