A terrible first half by the Bulldogs saw the Roosters defeat the young pups 44-12 at Allianz Stadium this afternoon.

A woeful first half saw the blue and whites down 34-nil at the break and they just simply couldn’t fight back from there.

There was just one change to the side named earlier in the week with halfback Brendan Cox being ruled out due to injury with Guy Hamilton coming into the side, making his first appearance for the season.

The Sydney rain came down and with that came a lot of drop ball. The early exchanges were spent with no side able to control the match.

The first half was one to forget for the Bulldogs with the young pups unable to control any ball and simply gifted the home side so much possession. With plenty of possession comes plenty of points. The Roosters crossed for five six half tries and halfback Jackson Hastings was able to convert five of those giving the home side a 34-nil lead at the half-time break.

The scorers were spread across the field with tries being scored out wide and through the middle.

Simple loose carries and ill-discipline cost the Bulldogs plenty of field position and the Roosters capitalised on many of those opportunities.

The second half saw interchange hooker Luke Vella head into a tackle awkwardly and he was taken from the field on a stretcher.

With the lead at 34 points, the Bulldogs were able to claw two tries back but they were quickly cancelled out by the Roosters giving the home side a 44-12 victory.

It is not a game that Coach Scott Murray will take much from with the young Coach going back to the drawing board with a tough game against the Warriors in New Zealand.

ROOSTERS 44 (Elliot, Thomas, Uele 2, McDonald, Mamary, Lyons, Goodsell Tries; Hastings 6 Goals)

Def.

BULLDOGS 12 (Kamoto, Cope Tries; Hamilton 2 Goals)

At: Allianz Stadium