Canterbury Bulldogs vs Sydney Roosters: NRL live scores
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Canterbury Vs. Roosters
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 2 September, 2012
|ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW|
|Canterbury 42 defeated Roosters 10|
|Referee: Jared Maxwell|
|Touch judges: J Walsh & Clayton Sharpe|
The Canterbury Bulldogs will be looking to bounce back and secure the minor premiership when they take on the Sydney Roosters tonight. Join us for NRL live scores from 7.30pm AEST.
Canterbury’s 12-match winning streak came to a shuddering halt last week, succumbing 34-6 to the in-form Raiders at Canberra stadium.
But many pundits proclaim that it was the loss the Bulldogs had to have on the eve of the finals, given their superb winning run throughout the second half of season 2012.
The Bulldogs will be keen though to get back to winning ways tonight against a Roosters side full of confidence after last week’s 44-20 win over the Tigers.
The Roosters victory last week was highlighted by the strong performances of several young players, who will be eager to make a strong impression tonight against the Bulldogs.
Young backline stars such as Daniel Tupou, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Tautau Moga were impressive against the Tigers and will be keen to test themselves against the likes of Josh Morris, Ben Barba and Krisnan Inu.
The Bulldogs will have to turn up tonight if they hope to secure the minor premiership.
Despite being two competition points infront of Melbourne, Canterbury possess an inferior points differential, meaning that a loss tonight would grant the Storm a great opportunity to seize first place on the NRL ladder should they defeat the Tigers.
With this in mind, expect the Bulldogs to come out strongly in a bid to blow the Roosters off the park early.
The Roosters have really struggled to hold out opposition defences when under pressure and could open up tonight against a Bulldogs pack eager to make a strong statement on the eve of the finals.
If the Bulldogs do score early, the Roosters’ discipline may go out the window, and if that happens, expect Ben Barba and company to cash in on the scoreboard.
For Sydney to cause the upset, they simply must play direct football. The Roosters are at their best when Jake Friend controls dummy-half and provides quality ball for the likes of Boyd Cordner, Martin Kennedy and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves to run onto.
If the Roosters forwards do manage to find their rhythm, Mitchell Pearce and the rest of the Roosters backline will have the space to do some damage out wide.
With no love lost between these two teams, this should be a high scoring and at times fiery contest. The Bulldogs though should really click tonight and secure the win.
Bulldogs by 10.
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