ROOSTERS CROW: Jake Friend and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves share the joy after a try at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium on Friday night.
ROOSTERS CROW: Jake Friend and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves share the joy after a try at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium on Friday night. PHOTO MARK KOLBEGETTY IMAGES

Origin selectors get a reminder from Friend

JAKE Friend has further pressed his claims for State of Origin selection with a dominant performance in the Sydney Roosters' 36-4 demolition of Wests Tigers and says he intends to do the same to the Bulldogs on Friday.

The 24-year-old former Noosa junior topped the tackle count and led his side around the park admirably in a flawless performance on Friday night.

The win ended a four-game losing streak and was the first win of 2015 for the co-captain, who returned from injury a month ago.

"I started to think I was jinxing the team a bit because I hadn't won one yet," Friend said.

"I think we have been building for the last couple of weeks and it has been disappointing just getting beaten."

Friend has been long touted as the man most likely to succeed Maroons captain Cam Smith as Queensland's next hooker.

He is believed to be favoured over the Broncos' Andrew McCullough, who has been in scintillating form this season for a reborn Brisbane outfit.

Friend said he would be looking to continue his good form for the team in Friday's blockbuster against Canterbury.

"I think it (the win over the Tigers) is something to build on now and we have established how we want to play," he said. "If we can build on that next week, then we can go into the Bulldogs with the same sort of structure and play - we will give them a good crack.

"I am definitely looking forward to it."

The Roosters - the 2013 NRL premiers - had been poor of late, let down by poor defence and an inability to create points.

Against the Tigers though, the boys from Bondi conceded only one try for the match and their outside backs caused havoc in accounting for four of the five tries scored.

"It was good to see the boys getting some ball out the back and a few more tries scored," Friend said.

"We had a bit more free rein to play footy and I think it definitely worked.

"That is the biggest positive and we pride ourselves on our defence.

"It would have been nice to keep them to zero, but it was a great effort in the end."


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