Preview of tonight's Challenge Cup... LeagueUnlimited.com - NRL & Rugby League A View From The Hill ...
43 mins ago
A great atmosphere for was a very tough encounter for both sides, resulting in the Bulldogs earning their 15th straight win in a row by 24-12.
The Roosters opened the scoring with a fine try in the 5th minute to Minichiello. Fitzgibbon converted the try, and in doing so brought up his 600 points, the 2nd highest points scored by a forward.
The Bulldogs hit back almost straight away, with the combination of Sherwin and Anasta performing well together yet again. Sherwin had a very good match, with his precision kicking, and general play upsetting the Roosters defence.
A tense match for both sides, saw a little altercation between the sides, ending with with Ricketson from the Roosters on report. Mason and Minichiello made light of it in the end (pictured) Sydney Roosters did not give up in their attack, but simple errors let them down at crucial times.
The Bulldogs, after scoring another try to Talau in the 34th min, went into the break with a lead of 16-6.
The second half started riddled with mistakes from both sides. Twelve minutes into the half, the Roosters finally broke the deadlock, only to give away a penalty soon after to the Bulldogs, who gratefully gave El Masri the chance to put the Bulldogs out by six.
The Roosters definitely had the better possession in the second half, but once again faltered at the end, time after time. A frustrating time for the Roosters players and coaching staff.
To add salt to the wound for the Roosters, El Masri scored in the 78th minute for the Bulldogs.
A hard fought win for the Bulldogs, but one I'm sure they'll take gratefully, for their 15th win on the trot.
League Unlimited Players of the Match:
3. Sherwin (Bulldogs) 2. Price (Bulldogs 3. Wing (Roosters)
Sydney Showground. Crowd: 15,343 Referee: S Clark
Bulldogs 24 - Roosters 12
Canterbury Bulldogs (Tries: Anasta, Talau, Vagana, El Masri. Goals: El Masri 4/5)
Sydney Roosters (Tries: Minichiello, Wing. Goals: Fitzgibbon 2/2)