The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have come away with a hard-fought 9-8 victory over the 2013 Premiers, the Sydney Roosters at a rain soaked Allianz Stadium. A crowd of 12,854 braved the conditions in Moore Park to watch the tricolours once again fail to adapt to the rule changes in the new season.
The Bulldogs dominated the Roosters pack for the best part of 30 minutes as they mounted an 8-0 lead. The first points of the match came through a brilliant passage of play which saw Chase Stanley slide over in the eastern corner.
In the wet conditions, points were a premium as the Bulldogs capitalised on an opportunity opting for a penalty goal in the 21st minute.
A swing in possession and consecutive penalties gave the Roosters a shot at the Bulldogs try line. Michael Jennings cracked the blue and white defence as he sailed into a gap off a bullet pass from Mitchell Pearce.
Shortly before half time, James Maloney slot a penalty goal to lock the game at 8-all as the teams went into the sheds.
The second half saw a continuation of the poor ball handling as the rain set in. Both teams had several opportunities to take the lead but slippery Steeden saw points go begging.
Midway through the second half, Man of the Match Josh Reynolds saved what could have been the match winning try as he forced Daniel Tupou over the sideline before grounding.
The Bulldogs set up a sneaky play to give themselves a one-point lead as they dummied to Trent Hodkinson to take a field goal, but Josh Reynolds awaiting centre field struck it beautifully from 20 metres out. The Bulldogs jumped to a 9-8 lead inside the final 10 minutes.
The only injury news to come from the contest saw Chase Stanley assisted off the field with a dislocated shoulder in the 74th minute.
After a tough 80 minutes, the Bulldogs held on to leave Moore Park with two competition points.
Next week the Sydney Roosters travel to Pirtek Stadium in Parramatta to face the Eels. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs travel across the Tasman to Mt. Smart Stadium to clash with the Warriors.