Round 2: Roosters v Bulldogs Review



Sydney Roosters 30 Defeated Canterbury Bulldogs 12
Game review:

Tedesco would set the tone for the game in just the 11th minute, splitting the defence to set away halfback Luke Keary, the try was reffered to the video referee, try awarded and Mitchell adding the extras to give the Roosters a 6-0 lead.
The Roosters would work the blind side seeing a man over, Manu offloading to Friend and Friend setting Blake Ferguson into the corner for a walkover try, Mitchell unable to add the extras from the wing.
Isaac Liu would be sent to the sin bin for preventing Michael Lichaa a try from an offside position, the Roosters defence refusing to break, keeping the Dogs scoreless while down to 12.
The Roosters would lose winger Daniel Tupou, making a big one on one tackle on Josh Jackson, leaving him in trouble with a suspected pectoral tear, the roosters would have to play the rest of the game with 16 available men.
Mitchell would decide to take the easy 2 points on offer to give the Roosters a 12 point lead 10 minutes from half time, however, the Roosters were not done for the half yet, James Tedesco grabbing his first ever Tri-colours try off the back of a huge Dylan Napa linebreak, Mitchell adding the extras to give the Roosters a 18-0 lead coming into the half.
The Bulldogs would make a bright start to the opening 40 minutes of play, Frawley making a break down before tipping the ball on to Brett Morris to give the Dogs their first points of the game, Mbye successful from the boot. 
The Roosters would see themselves reduced further after Mitch Aubusson would be split wide open in some friendly fire, leaving the Roosters with just 2 men on the bench for the last 30 minutes of the game.
Tedesco would take advantage of a gap in the defence, stepping through on the half way line, Cronk backing him up as Tedesco would draw Mbye and give the ball for Cooper Cronk to pick up his first ever Roosters try. Life wouldn’t get much easier for the Dogs, Mbye putting too much power on the kick off and sending the ball dead on the full, thankfully for Canterbury no points would come from the latest Roosters raid.
Brett Morris would return a kick 30 metres and get a penalty, giving the Bulldogs a real platform to attack, making 40 metres from their first 3 drives, captain Josh Jackson would muscle his way through the line, the conversion successful putting the score to 24-12 with less than 20 minutes to play.
The next 10 minutes would descend into a trading of mistakes by both sides, neither side able to break down the other, the Roosters would strip the ball on their own line from the Bulldogs and race 50 metres down field, Tedesco would receive the quick play the ball, the Dogs giving away a penalty for holding down, Mitchell taking the 2 points on offer from 36 metres out.
Luke Keary would attack the line from 10 metres out, drawing Bulldogs defenders, Matterson finding a good hole to go at on the left side of the pitch, diving over untouched to put the nail in the coffin of a potential comeback, Mitchell swinging his kick slightly to the left off the post, 30-12.
Nath’s Man of the Match: James Tedesco

Scoring timeline:
Sydney Roosters
12’ Luke Keary try
13’ Latrell Mitchell Conversion
17’ Blake Ferguson try
32’ Latrell Mitchell Penalty Goal
38’ James Tedesco Try
39’ Latrell Mitchell Conversion
54’ Cooper Cronk Try
55’ Latrell Mitchell Conversion
73’ Latrell Mitchell Penalty Goal
76’ Ryan Matterson Try

Canterbury Bulldogs
49’ Josh Morris Try
50’ Moses Mbye Conversion
62’ Josh Jackson Try
63’ Moses Mbye Conversion

Nath

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