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    Canterbury Vs. Roosters

    2013 NRL Premiership Season, 22 June, 2013

    ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
    Roosters 20 defeated Canterbury 18
    Canterbury Roosters
    18 FINAL SCORE 20
    3 TRIES 4
    3/3 CONVERSION KICKS 2/4
    0/0 PENALTY GOALS 0/0
    0/0 FIELD GOAL 0/0
     
    Top scorers:
    • Canterbury - Trent Hodkinson 6pts (0T 3G)
    • Roosters - Shaun Kenny-Dowall 8pts (2T 0G)
    Important moments:
    • Roosters took the lead at the 27 min. mark 1st half
    • Trent Hodkinson (Bull) scored at the 79 min. mark 2nd half
     
    Referee: Cecchin, M
    Touch judges: Holland, P & Walsh, J



    The Canterbury Bulldogs have rediscovered the form that saw them make last season’s grand final and will be favoured to defeat a Sydney Roosters side down on troops and confidence. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7.30pm AEST.

    The Roosters have hit a brick wall after a terrific start to the season and now face a tough ask tonight against a Bulldogs side coming off a great win over Manly at Brookvale Oval.

    Sydney’s defeat to the Warriors last week was by far their worst performance of the season and they will need to improve tenfold if they are a chance of upsetting the Bulldogs away from home.

    The Roosters are without Mitchell Pearce, James Maloney and Michael Jennings for tonight’s encounter, while the Bulldogs are missing key duo Josh Morris and Josh Reynolds to Origin duty .

    Canterbury however are playing by far the better football at the moment, in comparison to the Roosters, who have lost all structure in defence and attack over the past few weeks.

    Prediction

    The result of this contest could be decided in the opening 20 minutes of the match.

    Expect the Bulldogs forwards to come out firing in a bid to dominate a Roosters pack that has severely struggled to get on top of the opposition in recent weeks.

    In their defeat to the Warriors last week, Sydney hardly had any field position against a New Zealand pack that simply punched holes through the Roosters defence.

    When the Roosters are on the back foot, their discipline goes out the window and they tend to panic in defence and attack when they are getting well out-muscled.

    If the Bulldogs do manage to win the early arm wrestle, Canterbury may very well be headed for a big victory at home, with Ben Barba, Sam Kasiano, James Graham, Michael Ennis and Krisnan Inu all likely to wreck havoc.

    For the Roosters to stand a chance tonight, all their key players must respect possession and brace themselves for the arm wrestle that is to come tonight.

    Forwards Sonny Bill Williams, Martin Kennedy, Boyd Cordner and Luke O’Donnell need to focus on making yardage first and establishing a platform for the Roosters halves before they can think about taking chances in attack with their offloading abilities.

    If the Roosters can just get back to basics and play with the type of intensity that served them so well earlier in the year, then they are a chance of causing the upset.

    Recent form however suggests that the Bulldogs are well on course for another strong victory at home.

    Bulldogs by 12.

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    • Roar Guru

      11:52am
      Dogs Of War said | 11:52am | ! Report

      What is disappointing is that someone can do a shoulder charge, and although I was at the game so could only see the replay on the big screen and haven’t seen any further replays, that the person who does it can stay on the field and the Bulldogs player was unable to return due to the concusion received. Given the focus on punching etc in the sport, I think the referees with the only option to send players off for that situation, should be allowed to at least provide a 10 min sin bin as a short term punishment if unsure. Going on report just provides the advantage to the team playing next week, and in this case, the guy who did it won’t be in the team next week anyhow.

    • 10:43pm
      The eye said | 10:43pm | ! Report

      Roosters didn’t miss their rep.halves..there’s a shock(not)

    • 10:28pm
      Dragons Forever said | 10:28pm | ! Report

      If I was a dogs supporter I’d be demanding a refund on the 600,000 waste of a man Trex. Highway robbery that fella

      • 10:08am
        Andrerw said | 10:08am | ! Report

        As a Sea Eagles supporter I am laughing and thanking the Bulldogs for Buying him from us. ha ha ha

        • Roar Guru

          11:27am
          The Spectator said | 11:27am | ! Report

          still baffles me the persistence in starting trex instead of what made him famous, coming of the bench!!!

    • Roar Guru

      9:42pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 9:42pm | ! Report

      Despite a nervous finish, the Roosters have bounced back very strongly after some below par performances to defeat the Bulldogs away from home by two points. This was a tough win b y the chooks who showcased some strong defence and strong play in the forwards to stand toe to toe with the Bulldogs pack. The Bulldogs were flat in attack tonight and never really got any momentum going tonight in the forwards. Cordner, Kennedy, O’Donnell, Mortimer, Williams and Nuuausala all superb tonight for the chooks. Back to the drawing board for the Bulldogs. Roosters meanwhile continue to cement their place inside the top four. Thanks for your company tonight and please join us tomorrow for Tigers – Raiders

      Bulldogs 18
      Roosters 20

    • Roar Guru

      9:39pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 9:39pm | ! Report

      FULLTIME

      Bulldogs 18
      Roosters 20

    • Roar Guru

      9:39pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 9:39pm | ! Report

      Grandstand finish now. Bulldogs with 30 seconds to steal it!

      Bulldogs 18
      Roosters 20

    • Roar Guru

      9:38pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 9:38pm | ! Report

      CONVERSION SUCCESSFUL – Hodkinson converts and meanwhile Kennedy is in enormous pain here for the Roosters. Its a knee injury as he tried to stop Inu who charged from dummy-half to score.

      Bulldogs 18
      Roosters 20

    • Roar Guru

      9:36pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 9:36pm | ! Report

      TRY BULLDOGS – Inu now scores for the Bulldogs here but it may be too little too late!

      Bulldogs 16
      Roosters 20

    • Roar Guru

      9:31pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 9:31pm | ! Report

      75′ – Mortimer with a low kick and he finds touch deep in Bulldogs territory. He has had a very composed game tonight Mortimer

      Bulldogs 12
      Roosters 20

    • Roar Guru

      9:31pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 9:31pm | ! Report

      74′ – Barba lost possession there forward but its play on. Deflected kick now and Aubusson gathers possession for the Roosters. Poor last play option Canterbury

      Bulldogs 12
      Roosters 20

    • Roar Guru

      9:29pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 9:29pm | ! Report

      73′ – Roosters with good field position here. Can they put the nail in the coffin? Mortimer with a bomb and Perrett gathers on the full

      Bulldogs 12
      Roosters 20

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