The local lads powered to a 46-16 victory at Brentwood Eels in their opening East Division One outing of 2018. Roosters were left with a selection headache due to a number of regular players still having rugby union commitments. They handed debuts to James Snart and Finn Ruddock, while former captain Mickey Drake and Josh Taylor the latter after a seven-year absence both returned. Snart was one of three men to touch down for early tries Dave Sykes and Barnie West the others as Roosters made an electric start before conceding twice in quick succession. But the St Ives side soon regained the initiative with West darting in for a second try before Drake raced after his own chip kick to cross the line. Four successful conversions from Paul Ashbridge handed Roosters a 28-12 advantage at half-time and that increased when West stole the ball and raced the length of the field to complete his hat-trick. Sykes then went over for a second time before the Eels claimed a consolation, bur Roosters had the last laugh thanks to a fourth West score. Ashbridge completed a fine afternoon with the boot by converting all three second-half tries and he was delighted with Roosters winning start. He said: We had to work extremely hard last week to get a squad together with the help of a few debutants and other lads making comebacks. Every single player did the club proud. They all gave 110 per-cent and that is reflected in the scoreline. Roosters travel to Milton Keynes Wolves this Saturday. The club will play their home matches at Somersham Road the home of St Ives Rugby Club this season. Their first outing there is on June 2 against North Herts Crusaders.