The Roosters surged to a 30-4 lead and managed to hold out a rampant Tigers outfit, playing at Leichardt Oval, to claim a 42-28 victory.
“When the Tigers get a bit of a roll on, you know about it,” Anasta told the club’s official website.
“We talked about it at half time, and Smithy told us they’re going to come and throw everything at us. It’s easy to talk about it but actually defending it is another thing.
“They’ve got a lot of confidence, but obviously were missing a couple of players, particularly Farah, but they’ve still got a lot of skilful players out there.
“We still defended really well, we were scared there at the end, and we could probably work on a few things with our defence with composure there, but at the end of the day, every one of our players met their challenge there, and it was a good win for us.”
The game started in sombre mood after news that Robbie Farah‘s mother Sonia had lost her battle with cancer just hours before the match.
Anasta, who is due to jon the Tigers next year, paid his condolences to Robbie Farah, who was forced to withdraw from the match.
“Our thoughts are with him at the moment, it was really sad news at the start of the game, but all of us are thinking of him and his family, and we wish them the very best,”
“We were very sorry to hear about it.”
An emotional minute’s silence saw a number of players, including Benji Marshall, struggle to contain ther emotions.