Sydney Roosters vs Canterbury Bulldogs: NRL live scores, blog
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Roosters Vs. Canterbury
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 28 May, 2012
|Allianz Stadium, NSW|
|Canterbury 30 defeated Roosters 12|
|Referee: J Robinson|
|Touch judges: P Holland & Daniel Eastwood|
There is usually no love lost between the Sydney Roosters and Canterbury Bulldogs, so expect a tight tussle between two sides desperate to stay in touch with the top eight. Join us for live scores and commentary of Monday Night Football from 7:00pm AEST.
The Roosters have lost their past two matches against New Zealand and Manly respectively, and face another tough ask against a Bulldogs side coming off a dominant victory over Cronulla.
Inspired by Ben Barba, Canterbury romped to a 26-6 win against the Sharks on Monday night and find themselves inside the top eight as a result of that victory.
Sydney meanwhile suffered a controversial 18-10 loss to the Sea Eagles last Sunday. The Roosters were denied what appeared to be a legitimate try to Daniel Mortimer in the second half that would have levelled the scores.
Instead, Mortimer’s try was disallowed due to a raised elbow by Brad Takairangi and the Roosters eventually went on to lose by eight points.
Despite the controversial call however, the Roosters struggled to dominate territory against Manly and thus never really put themselves in a position in the second half to secure a victory.
Roosters halves Mitchell Pearce and Braith Anasta have to produce solid kicking games tonight if they are to keep Ben Barba under control.
Barba is proving to be one of the NRL’s most dangerous kick returners and will punish the Roosters if Pearce and Anasta fail to find the turf with their kicks.
Sydney also has to present a unified defensive line against the likes of Barba and Josh Morris.
Morris and Barba are masters of causing havoc in broken field play, so the Roosters have to make sure that they chase their kicks well.
Elsewhere, expect plenty of fireworks upfront when props Sam Kasiano and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves go head to head.
Kasiano and Hargreaves are two of the most aggressive forwards going around in the NRL, and will be looking to inspire their respective packs with big hits and runs every time they touch the football.
Overall, these two teams will leave nothing in the tank tonight. The Roosters and Bulldogs have a heated rivalry and both sides will be desperate to finish on top this evening.
Although the Bulldogs are coming off a solid win against Cronulla, Sydney should present more of challenge tonight.
If the Roosters can keep errors to a minimum, the creativity shared between Pearce, Anasta and Friend should be just enough to get the chooks over the line tonight.
Roosters by four.