THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO -- Corey Chamblin is a hard man to please.
A smothering defensive performance anchored the Saskatchewan Roughriders' emphatic 36-10 road win over the Toronto Argonauts on Monday, but it still wasn't enough for the rookie head coach.
"I had a mandate that I wanted at least five sacks and they didn't reach it so I'm not very pleased with the defence,'' a straight-faced Chamblin said afterwards. "I'm not satisfied with the defence.
"The offence did a good job putting points up, the defence has a way to go. We have to capitalize on all the plays. The guys always say they want to be the No. 1 defence, they have a ways to go to be the No. 1 defence.''
Saskatchewan certainly played like the CFL's top defence, holding a Toronto offence minus starter Ricky Ray (knee) and running back Chad Kackert (ribs) to just 13 first downs, 58 yards rushing and 213 net yards. And while the Riders only registered one sack, they never let Argos quarterback Jarious Jackson get in sync.
"We have high expectations here and if we set a goal and don't reach it that means we failed,'' said Riders linebacker Tyron Brackenridge, who had five tackles and a fumble recovery. "But at the end of the day we have another week to get better.
"We came out and played fast, we were all on the same page and came out with a little bit of fire. Each game is a purpose and we had that purpose in mind to win. We wanted to eliminate all the big plays and we did that. We eliminated (Jackson's) reads, created tight windows and got pressure up front.''
Toronto head coach Scott Milanovich said his team - which had 17 penalties for 126 yards - was thoroughly beaten in every phase of the game.
"It was very disappointing,'' he said. "We lost the turnover battle, we lost the penalty battle and probably lost the battle of the line of scrimmage.
"That's a tailor-made blueprint for losing the ballgame.''
Kory Sheets and Weston Dressler scored huge third-quarter touchdowns to cement Saskatchewan's third straight win. Sheets's season-high 48-yard TD run at 9:29 put Saskatchewan ahead 29-10 and brought "Let's Go Riders'' chants from the Saskatchewan faithful within a Rogers Centre gathering of 25,176.
Sheets, who the Riders found an a free-agent camp this off-season, ran for 113 yards on 19 carries to boost his season total to 1,035 yards.
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