Roosters' defence holds strong
The Sydney Roosters built a fortress at ANZ Stadium to hold out the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 20-18 as a crowd of 20,275 watched on.
The Roosters' goal line defence through out the match caused frustrations for the Belmore boys as they struggled to get into the game.
The Bondi boys fired early as Kiwi centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall posted the first of two tries. His footwork and ball handling skills saw him cross the white-line after 6 minutes. Roosters 4-0.
Despite the mostly brick-wall defence from the Roosters, Ben Barba found a crack and darted through it. The Bulldogs hit the lead after 21 minutes, 6-4.
Roosters enforcer, Boyd Cornder in a rare sight crossed the chalk twice for the tri-colours. His first four-pointer came after 27 minutes as fill-in half Daniel Mortimer provided the short pass. The Roosters took a 10-6 lead into half time.
The second half saw two tries a-piece as the Bulldogs attempted to surge home in the final 10 minutes.
The man they call SKD (Shaun Kenny-Dowall) danced his way through the Bulldogs defence to claim his second four-pointer. The Canterbury side out on their feet as he made light work of the defenders.
Man of the Match, Boyd Cordner crossed for his second try of the outing, as once again Daniel Mortimer laid the platform for his second-rower to charge through the Bulldog pack. The Roosters with 20 minutes on the clock held a comfortable 20-6 lead.
As the clock drifted away from the Bulldogs, they managed to post two late tries to Dene Halatau and Krisnan Inu. However, the clock wound down before the match-winning try could be scored.
In the final minute of the match, as Inu scored his try for the Bulldogs, Queensland Maroons 18th man Martin Kennedy sustained a knee injury in goal. The good news is he did walk to the sideline, although under the assistance of the medial team.
The boys from Bondi held strong in the end as the claimed victory, 20-18, over the Bulldogs. The Roosters managed to string the win together despite having Origin stars, James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce absent from the team sheet.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18 Sydney Roosters 20
Venue: Stadium Australia
Halftime Score: Sydney Roosters 10-6
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Boyd Cordner
2 points - Sonny Bill Williams
1 point - Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (18)
Tries: Ben Barba, Dene Halatau, Krisnan Inu
Conversions: Trent Hodkinson (3/3)
SYDNEY ROOSTERS (20)
Tries: Shaun Kenny-Dowall (2), Boyd Cordner (2)
Conversions: Daniel Mortimer (2/4)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Despite being in doubt during the week, the Roosters have confirmed Sonny Bill Williams
to take the field at half back tonight. Kick off is set down for 7:54pm
3 min: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Squads not yet loaded makes an unforced error.
Knock on call against Mitch Brown
in goal. Roosters almost coming up with points. Line drop out
9 min: 40/20 SYDNEY ROOSTERSJake Friend
kicks a 40/20.
The touch judge calls a 40/20 for Jake Friend
as Ben Barba
was ruled to have taken the ball over the sideline as he juggled in the attempt to collect the Steeden
14 min: Jake Friend
uses his chip kick on the last tackle which sees the ball over dead behind the goals. 20 metre tap the call for the Bulldogs
16 min: Michael Ennis
opted for a grubber on the last tackle for the Bulldogs as he ran to the blind side. The ball is allowed to roll dead by the Roosters and they earn a line drop out
17 min: Sonny Bill Williams
trying a grubber kick on the last tackle, it rolls over the touch line and a scrum packs for the Bulldogs on their 20 metre line
Penalty to the Bulldogs, Sam Moa
ruled offside at the ruck. Dogs kick for touch, attack 20m out
21 min: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Ben Barba
. Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson
dummied his way through the line as he darted between defenders to race over for the Bulldogs first try of the night. Trent Hodkinson
with the conversion from the sideline adds the extras. The Bulldogs take the lead for the first time with the kick at goalCanterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
21 min: Luke O'Donnell
is penalised for a high shot. Bulldogs attacking on halfway
Penalty to the Roosters as the Bulldogs drag Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
over the sideline after the held call. Roosters with an easy help out of the red zone
25 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS Mitch Brown
makes an unforced error.Mitch Brown
leaped for the bomb off the boot of Mortimer and dropped it cold. Zero tackle called for the Roosters, they attack 10 metres out
28 min: Tony Williams
is penalised for being offside, right in front of the referee. Roosters over halfway
30 min: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
makes an unforced error.Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
is unable to take the long low pass from Minichiello on the wing, Scrum for the Bulldogs
Penalty to the Bulldogs as the Roosters are ruled to strip out the ball in the ruck.
The Bulldogs kick on the first tackle from the scrum base and the kick is forced dead by Anthony Minichiello
, line drop out called for the Bulldogs
34 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS Frank Pritchard
makes an unforced error.Frank Pritchard
trying to earn a penalty in the ruck drops the ball as he fails to earn a penalty for the Roosters not clearly the ruck
36 min: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS Daniel Tupou
makes an unforced error.Daniel Tupou
knocks down the ball as the Bulldogs looked to raid the blind side on the right. Scrum feed backs for the Bulldogs on 30 metre line
38 min: Dylan Napa
is ON REPORT for a shoulder charge on James Graham
. Bulldogs attacking 20 metres out from the penalty
The Bulldogs pack the quickest scrum ever as the Roosters drop it with 30 seconds until half time
Second half is UNDERWAY at ANZ Stadium as the Bulldogs trail the Roosters 10-6
Penalty to the Bulldogs, they march up over halfway to start their set
44 min: Trent Hodkinson
with a towering bomb on the last tackle, Tolman took the catch but was monstered by the Roosters defence short of the goal line. Roosters with the change over on the 10 metre line
45 min: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS Dylan Napa
makes an unforced error.Dylan Napa
looses possession in a tackle on halfway, Bulldogs clean up the ball and go back on the attack inside the Roosters half
46 min: Joel Romelo
attempted a short grubber kick on the last tackle but the Roosters defence holds strong once again on the line. They have possession on their 10 metre line.
VIDEO REFEREE for the Roosters, we have a TRY for Shaun Kenny Dowall. We are looking a possible strip
Forward pass ruled against Bulldogs and the Roosters will attack from the scrum feed 40 metres from the Bulldogs goal line
There is concern for Ben Barba
who is with the trainer, possible leg injury. Bulldogs working it off their 20 metre line
INJURY UPDATE: James Graham
still yet to return to the bench after the shoulder charge from Napa
Penalty to the Bulldogs for Mitchell Aubusson
ruled offside. Dogs attacking 10 metres out
Penalty to the Roosters for the Bulldogs ruled offside. Roosters up to halfway
65 min: Sonny Bill Williams
cracked the Bulldogs defence to bolt 40 metres downfield, he linked with Mortimer who was tackled 10 metres short of the goal line. However, on the next play Minichiello dropped the ball from the ruck. Change over for the Bulldogs
68 min: Mitch Brown
raced through off a kick but the ball beat everyone over the dead ball line. 20m tap
Penalty to the Bulldogs, they march up to halfway
72 min: Ben Barba
raced through off a chip and chase but he offloaded for the touch judge. Roosters scrum feed on their own 30 metre line
FIVE minutes remain at ANZ Stadium, Bulldogs trail by 8 points, 20-12 as the Bulldogs have the scrum feed 20 metres from their goal line
77 min: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS Daniel Tupou
makes an unforced error.Daniel Tupou
knocks on taking the catch from the kick off Hodkinson. Scrum for the Bulldogs 10 metres out
78:17 – Knock on against the Roosters. Bulldogs with it on the goal line again
78:31 Penalty to the Bulldogs, Mortimer offside at the ruck. Dogs on the goal line
We have a TRY for the Bulldogs through Krisnan Inu
, but the concern with Martin Kennedy
who has an issue with a left leg/knee as Inu dived on it.
The Bulldogs unable to fight to the goal line in the final minute, FULL TIME at ANZ Stadium sees the Roosters victorious 20-18 over the Bulldogs.