Marvellous Mitchell ensures Roosters thrash Tigers
Latrell Mitchell scored his fourth NRL hat-trick and contributed 26 points as Sydney Roosters beat Wests Tigers 42-12 and returned to the top of the standings.
The defending champions ran in seven tries at the SCG, with Mitchell dotting down for the first - and the 50th of his NRL career - in the 14th minute after he had opened the scoring with a penalty.
Although the 21-year-old missed his first conversion attempt, he added the extras to his other two scores - the second of which came after a brilliant surge down the left flank - and tries from Daniel Tupou, Luke Keary, Nat Butcher and Boyd Cordner.
Mitchell was everywhere, even batting the ball away in his own goal area late on to deny Wests a third try to add to earlier scores from Ryan Matterson and Robbie Farah.
The victory meant the Roosters returned to the summit, though they are level on points with South Sydney Rabbitohs after eight games.
Canberra Raiders, who face the Roosters next, are two points adrift of the top after a 30-12 victory over struggling Penrith Panthers.
Michael Oldfield, Jack Wighton, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and Hudson Young scored Canberra's tries, though the Raiders' victory came at a cost, with England international John Bateman taken to hospital with a suspected fractured eye socket.
Canterbury Bulldogs are the only club beneath Penrith in the table and they suffered a sixth loss of the campaign - despite Reimis Smith's two tries - as Reuben Garrick scored all of Manly Sea Eagles' points in an 18-10 success.