Michael Jennings is only starting to realise the full potential of the Roosters’ left hand edge.
Thrown the unlikely bone of former bulldog Sonny Bill Williams to play alongside him, Jennings — who I placed atop the inaugural Roosters Player Rankings — has found space three times in two games, while being superb in defence and shredding whatever poor fucker the opposition has wearing the number four jersey.
He eviscerated the young Konrad Hurrell last week, while Beau Champion was no real match for him in the opener despite a severe drought of possession for the Roosters.
In an article in Sportsnews via AAP, Jennings discusses how the simple presence of Sonny Bill creates space:
It was like the first kiss in a beautiful romance, a moment Sydney Roosters fans have been dreaming about.
New recruits Sonny Bill Williams and Michael Jennings combining down the Roosters left edge, Williams delivering a trademark around the corner offload to a flying Jennings on his way to the tryline.
Jennings was cut done just short of the line, but having secured the win, it hardly seemed to matter.
This was just a glimpse of what could become one of the NRL’s most destructive combinations.
“I could get used to that any day,” Jennings said of running off Williams.
“He’s a quality player and if he does his job it makes my job easier.
“(Five-eighth) James Maloney, all he’s got to do is look for Sonny or myself and there’s going to be space there because with Sonny (it) takes a lot of players to take him down.”
It was always assumed ex-Panther Jennings and dual international Williams were going to be playing on opposite sides of the Roosters attack, with Williams more known for being a right edge player.
But the lure of pitting the pair together has proved too much of a temptation for rookie coach Trent Robinson, who also has impressive youngster Boyd Cordner to utilise as a right-edge backrower.