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Bulldogs belt Roosters
THE Canterbury Bulldogs have handed the Sydney Roosters their third straight loss after scoring five unanswered tries to defeat the Roosters 30-12 in front of 11,343 fans at Allianz Stadium.
New recruit Krisnan Inu was the stand out as the Bulldogs produced a flawless second half performance to come away with the two competition points.
However, it was the Roosters who opened up the scoring in the ninth minute though Mitchell Pearce who scored a brilliant halfback try. Braith Anasta added the extras.
A penalty against the Roosters saw the Bulldogs right on the attack minutes later and they capitalised through Inu in the 13th minute. Inu failed to convert his own try leaving the Roosters two points in front.
The home side extended their lead in the 23rd minute through Anthony Minichiello. Anasta converted the try from the side line.
Despite dominating for much of the rest of the half, the Roosters failed to extend their lead and it was the Bulldogs who took advantage of some soft defence to score two tries in the final three minutes of the half.
Minichiello looked like he may have scored his double in the 47th minute, but replays revealed he lost control of the ball.
It was all the Bulldogs from there as the Roosters gifted them possession and field position through a spate of errors and penalties.
Inu opened up the scoring of the second half in the 56th minute after claiming his double after burrowing over from dummy half.
The Bulldogs were over again in the 60th minute through David Stagg before Jonathan Wright put the final nail in the Roosters' coffin in the 70th minute.
Inu almost claimed a third try in the 77th minute, but lost the ball over the line.
The Bulldogs will host the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night, a win could see the Bulldogs in the top four.
As for the Roosters, tonight's loss sees them slip to 14th on the competition ladder and the next week's bye will no doubt be welcome.
Sydney Roosters 12 were defeated by Canterbury Bulldogs 30
National Rugby League - Round 12 - Monday May 28, 2012 7:00pm
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Referee: Jason Robinson and Adam Devcich
Video Referee: Paul Mellor
Touch Judges: Paul Holland and Dan Eastwood
Halftime: Sydney Roosters 12 Canterbury Bulldogs 14
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Krisnan Inu (2 tries, 3 conversions)
2 Points - Jonathan Wright (2 tries)
1 Point - Josh Reynolds
SYDNEY ROOSTERS (12)
Tries: Anthony Minichiello, Mitchell Pearce
Conversions: Braith Anasta (2/2)
CANTERBURY BULLDOGS (30)
Tries: Frank Pritchard, Krisnan Inu (2), Jonathan Wright (2), David Stagg
Conversions: Krisnan Inu (3/6)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Good evening folks and welcome to Allianz Stadium where the Sydney Roosters take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
There are a few changes to both sides. For the Roosters BJ Leilua is out, Brad Takarangi shifts off the bench and into the centres with Frank Paul Nu-usala coming onto the bench in jersey 22.
For the Bulldogs, new recruit Krisnan Inu will play his first game for the Blue and White, he replaces Jonothon Wright in the centres, Wright moves onto the wing in place of Luke MacDougall who is out of the side.
1 min: Braith Anasta kicks off to bring us underway at Allianz.
3 min: Roosters are on the attack after the Bulldogs lose the ball in their own half.
3 min: Anasta puts in a little chip kick on the last and Ben Barba takes it in his own in goal.
4 min: Bulldogs receive a penalty and will go on the attack.
5 min: Josh Morris loses the ball a few metres out from the Roosters' line.
8 min: Rosters get a penalty a few metres into the Bulldogs' territory.
9 min: TRY
TRY! Mitchell Pearce just slices through the Bulldogs defence for the first four-pointer of the match. Anasta adds the extras.
Sydney Roosters 6-0
10 min: Roosters receive a penalty and will get a piggyback up out of their dangerzone.
11 min: Tau tau is tackled over the side line and the Bulldogs are off the hook.
12 min: Bulldogs receive a penalty and will go right on the attack.
15 min: TRY
TRY! A few quick passes from the Bulldogs sees and overlap created and Krisnan Inu finds some space and scores in the corner. Inu fails to convert his own try.
Sydney Roosters 6-4
16 min: Roosters will get a scrum 10 out from the Bulldogs' line after Greg Eastwood is tackled into touch from the kick off.
17 min: Jared Waerea-Hargeaves knocks on 10 out from the Dogs' line and the Bulldogs are off the hook.
18 min: Bulldogs receive a penalty.
19 min: Possible try to the Bulldogs!
20 min: Sam Kasiano is denied a brilliant solo try after Frank Pritchard is found to have impeded the defence.
21 min: Anasta forces a line drop out and the Roosters will get another go at the Bulldogs' line.
24 min: TRY
TRY! The Roosters keep it alive through Brad Takairanghi and Moga who finds a flying Anthony Minichiello out wide who scores. Anasta adds the extras.
Sydney Roosters 12-4
25 min: Friend loses the ball five metres into Bulldogs' territory.
26 min: Pearce grabs an intercept and the Roosters are off the hook.
27 min: Aidan Guerra is caught with the ball 10 out from the Dogs' line after the Roosters run it on the last.
28 min: Dene Haltau makes a break but is brought down by Minichiello.
28 min: Sam Perrett is trapped in goal and the Bulldogs force a line drop out.
29 min: Minichiello is trapped in goal after Reynolds grubbers it through on the third tackle.
31 min: Kris Keating goes to the air on the last but Jonathan Wright loses it forward.
35 min: Bulldogs receive a penalty 35 out from their own line.
36 min: Possible try to Pritchard.
37 min: TRY
TRY! Pritchard scores on the back of some great work from Inu. Conversion attempt from Inu is unsuccessful.
Sydney Roosters 12-8
40 min: TRY
TRY! Jonathan Wright scores after Ennis goes to the boot from 50 out, the foot race is between Tagive, Minichiello and Wright, Tagive slips over and Wright scores. Inu adds the extras as the half-time hooter sounds.
Canterbury Bulldogs 14-12
41 min: The second half is underway.
42 min: Bulldogs get a penalty on their own ten.
45 min: Roosters receive a penalty a few metres into the Bulldogs' half.
46 min: Roosters receive a penalty a few metres out.
47 min: Minichiello might have his double here, just going upstairs to check his grounded it.
47 min: No try! Minichiello lost the ball over the line.
49 min: Pearce takes an intercept on half way and is brought down by Barba seven metres of the line, Barba strips the ball and Pearce throws him over the sideline and is penalised.
50 min: Bulldogs force a line drop out.
51 min: Timoteo Lafai loses the ball 20 out from the Roosters' line.
54 min: Bulldogs receive a penalty 30 out from their own line.
56 min: Possible try to Inu!
57 min: TRY
TRY! Inu burrows over from dummy half and claims his double. Inu misses the conversion.
Canterbury Bulldogs 18-12
62 min: TRY
TRY! David Stagg scores of a Reynolds grubber. Inu adds the extras.
Canterbury Bulldogs 24-12
69 min: Roosters 40 out on tackle one after a massive kick return from Minichiello.
72 min: TRY
Try! Anasta throws a no look pass and Wright dives on the loose ball and runs the length of the field to score. Inu adds the extras.
Canterbury Bulldogs 30-12
73 min: Anasta goes for a short kick off and Takairangi knocks it on.
76 min: Minichiello is trapped in goal and the Bulldogs will get a line dropout.
77 min: Inu loses the ball over the tryline and the Roosters are off the hook.
80 min: Bulldogs receive a penalty 30 out from their own line. Ennis kicks the ball into touch from the restart and that's the game. The Bulldogs have scored 16 points in the second half and kept their opponents scoreless to win 30-12.