Canterbury Bulldogs 25 def. Sydney Roosters 0
Sat 5:30pm 22 Jul 2006
The Canterbury Bulldogs have defeated the Sydney Roosters by 25-nil amid high drama out at Telstra Stadium tonight.
In a sometimes dull match, the game came alight in the 67th minute when Adrian Morley was sent from the field for kneeing Corey Hughes as the Bulldogs utility was playing the ball close to the line.
The incident is sure to end Morley?s chequered career in the NRL as he leaves our shores to return to the Engage Super League next season.
Canterbury led 10-0 at halftime courtesy of an Andrew Emelio try and three goals from winger Hazem El Masri but had barely raised a sweat.
But the second half was a different story with the Bulldogs upping the tempo with Sonny Bill Williams and captain Andrew Ryan crossing for tries with a little under a quarter of the game to go.
Morley was then sent from the field in the 67th minute after the Roosters were again caught in their own territory defending the line. Hughes appeared somewhat aggressive towards the Roosters in the play the ball but none of it was illegal or should have resulted in such recourse.
The Englishman lunged with his knee to Hughes? chest, knocking him to the ground and nearly causing an all-in brawl.
The ensuing penalty to El Masri and a further field goal from halfback Brent Sherwin rounded out the 25-0 scoreline.
Canterbury Bulldogs: 25
Tries: Andrew Ryan, Sonny Bill Williams, Andrew Emelio
Goals: Hazem El Masri 6/8
Field Goals: Brent Sherwin
Sydney Roosters: 0
Referee: Jarred Maxwell
Welcome to Telstra Stadium for todays clash between the Bulldogs and the Roosters.
Mark O'Meley has been ruled out of the Dogs lineup, Nate Myles will come into the starting line up to replace O'Meley whilst Andrew Emelio will move from wing to centre, Trent Cutler comes into the side on the wing and Sonny Bill Williams moves to the bench. Roosters are as per program.
Bulldogs kickoff and get us underway.
5 min: NEWS Dogs get the first penalty and will go on the attack.
7 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury Bulldogs
Back to back penalties for laying in the play the ball. El Masri converts
8 min: NEWS From the kickoff the Dogs get another penalty but are unable to find touch, a let off for the Roosters.
11 min: TRY Canterbury Bulldogs
The Dogs are able to keep the ball alive and Emilio goes over in the corner. Conversion unsuccessful from out wide
16 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury Bulldogs
The Roosters are penalised again this time for tackling the player without the ball. El Masri converts from in front.
17 min: NEWS The Dogs make an error and the Roosters get their first chance to post points.
21 min: NEWS The Roosters give away another penalty.
Penalty count: Bulldogs 5 Roosters 1.
25 min: NEWS The referee warns Craig Fitzgibbon that the next player goes to the bin after giving away another penalty in the ruck.
27 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury Bulldogs
This time the Roosters are pinged for stripping the ball. El Masri converts from in front.
31 min: NEWS Tonga almost scores again for the Dogs but is unable to hang on to the ball.
32 min: NEWS The Roosters get a relieving penalty.
38 min: NEWS Sherwin is caught on the last tackle, throws the ball away and get's penalised the Roosters will get one more chance before half time, only to lose the ball.
39 min: NEWS The Roosters then give away two penalties and are lucky not to have a player sent to the bin for 10.
39 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Canterbury Bulldogs
From the penalty El Masri has a shot from out wide and misses.
Halftime... The Bulldogs look to be in control of this match but it's not showing on the scoreboard. The Dogs have dominated field position with the Roosters giving away a stack of penalties for infringements in the ruck and even when they have had the ball have not looked like threatening the Dogs line and are lucky to only trail by 10 points.
Roosters kickoff to start the second half..
45 min: TRY Canterbury Bulldogs
The Dogs make a great break through Willie Tonga and he appeared to have blown the try with support on either side he went himself and was stopped by the fullback. From the next tackle Sonny Bill Williams carried two defenders over the line and get the ball down. El Masri converts.
51 min: NEWS The Dogs are doing it easy at the moment.
59 min: NEWS The Roosters knock on from dummy half and give the Dogs more possession.
63 min: NEWS Off to the video ref for a possible Bulldogs try.
63 min: TRY Canterbury Bulldogs
The Dogs have scored again through Andrew Ryan to kill off any chance the Roosters had. Conversion successful.
67 min: NEWS Adrian Morley has been sent from the field for kneeing Corey Hughes in the ruck. Morley has had a brain explosion and given his record he is in a heap of trouble.
68 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury Bulldogs
El Masri converts from the ensueing penalty.
73 min: FIELD GOAL Canterbury Bulldogs
Brent Sherwin pots a field goal from 30 metres out.
76 min: NEWS Goal line drop out to the Roosters.
Fulltime... The Dogs have completely outplayed a disappointing Roosters side tonight. Controversy arose in the 67th minute when Adrian Morley was sent from the field when he drove his knee into the chest of Corey Hughes when attempting to play the ball. Given his record at the judiciary he has played his last NRL match and will miss some of next year too in the English Super league.
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 - Willie Mason
2 - Brent Sherwin
1 - Roy Asotasi
Morley sent off as Bulldogs maul