Roosters Too Strong for Bulldogs
Friday 12 April 2013 10:46 PM
The Sydney Roosters have tonight made light work of the Bulldogs with a 38-nil victory in front of 22,552 fans at Allianz Stadium.
Coach Des Hasler said there wasn’t much that he could take out of the match tonight.
“It was a tale of two halves tonight,” Hasler said. “I thought the first half we were quite competitive but the 30 unanswered points in the second half wasn’t good.
“It’s about hanging on to the ball and we are just a bit out of sorts at present.
“We’ll come back from this.”
There was just the one change to the side named earlier in the week with Trent Hodkinson coming into the side at halfback replacing Kris Keating who was ruled out with a calf injury.
The opening exchanges were spent through the middle but the first points came in the ninth minute through Roosters winger Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. It was a Sam Perrett mistake on tackle one after a 20m restart that gave the Roosters the great field position. And on the Roosters first tackle they were able to take full advantage. From the scrum base the ball was sent to the right and it was Sonny Bill Williams who ignited something from nothing when he took the ball to the line and threw a smart cut-out ball to Tuivasa-Sheck who was outside Mitch Brown and into open space. The winger then put on a step off his right foot and bypassed Ben Barba to go over to score. James Maloney had the kicking duties and converted to put the home side in front 6-nil after 11 minutes.
It wasn’t until the 31st minute where we were to see the next points. It was back to back penalties to the tri-colours put them down inside the Bulldogs trouble area and it was on the latter penalty where Maloney chose to take the attempt at penalty goal from in front. He didn’t disappoint the home fans, slotting it straight over to extended the lead out beyond the converted try, to 8-nil.
The remaining nine minutes saw the Bulldogs have a great opportunity after an Anthony Minichiello mistake. It was then followed up with a penalty but the blue and whites weren’t able to capitalise and turn it into points.
It didn’t take too long into the second half for the Roosters to extend their lead in the 48th minute. It was the man that all Bulldogs fans were hoping wouldn’t have an impact, Sonny Bill Williams. After an accidental offside call against Captain Michael Ennis. From that attacking set from inside the 20m it was a Luke O’Donnell who got an offload away to Mitchell Pearce and he made is way across field and handed it off to Williams who headed towards the south-west corner and got the ball down to score. Maloney took the conversion attempt from the sideline and was successful that lead extended to 14-nil.
Just six minutes later it was through the middle where the home side made their next move. It was a Maloney bust one pass off the ruck and he slipped through and as he approached Barba at the back he passed it inside to Daniel Mortimer who went over untouched. Maloney converted with the score now 20-nil.
The remainder of the match saw the Roosters totally dominate with a second try to Williams followed by four pointers to Maloney and Jennings. Maloney ended the night with a 100% kicking record with seven from seven.
The Bulldogs will take the week off to re-group and will prepare for the round seven clash against the Sharks at Bluetongue Stadium.
ROOSTERS 38 (Williams 2, Tuivasa-Sheck, Mortimer, Maloney, Jennings Tries; Maloney 7 Goals)
At: Allianz Stadium