Mitch Aubusson
Mitch Aubusson Mark Metcalfe

Mitch heroics draws praise from all quarters

ONE try doesn't make a career but a special 80-metre effort by Ballina's Mitch Aubusson for the Sydney Roosters in their 19-10 victory over the Wests Tigers in the NRL on Monday night has certainly given his a kick along.

Aubusson scored two tries at centre during the match but it was his second effort that had tongues wagging yesterday.

In the 53rd minute the former Ballina Seagulls player ran 80 metres to score after halfback Mitchell Pearce had charged down a Benji Marshall kick.

Showing both speed and strength, Aubusson fended off the attempted tackles from three Tigers defenders as he scorched down the sideline all the way to the tryline.

"I scored a few tries like that in schoolboys but nothing like that in first grade," Aubusson said.

"Looking back on it, it was a bit unbelievable with 15,000 people cheering all the way.

"All I remember is getting the ball and thinking I'll get as far as I can up field.

"The next thing I know I was at the 20-metre line and there was no-one around."

Roosters coach Brad Fittler said he was 'rapt' with the win given the conditions and paid tribute to Aubusson's contribution.

"His game was just international quality, he never missed a tackle, never missed a beat, he just protects the side all the time and then he scored two tries and one was a cracker," he said.

But the 21-year-old remembers things differently to his coach.

"They're massive raps," Aubusson said.

"I think I did miss a couple of tackles so I'll wait until he sees the video. He might renege on that quote."

Aubusson expects to move from the centres to lock for the next match with a number of the Roosters forwards involved in State of Origin II.

It's a position where he thinks he plays his best football.

But if Aubusson keeps scoring 80 metres tries at centre he may find himself in the backs for a little while yet.


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